My mother makes these from time to time, if its available in the market. They make a great snack as well, its hard to stop at just one. I used to hate the head but now I don't mind biting it off and eating it. The only problem is getting these to the table before its finished off.
Recipe : Fried Scads
Scads about 10- 12
nice big pinch each of ground black pepper, and chilli powder
oil for deep frying
1. Clean and gut the fish. Score the flesh a few times . Pat dry with kitchen paper.
2. Mix chilli powder , salt and pepper and season the fish thoroughly.
3. Heat saucepan or fryer till hot. Add the fish , slowly and fry over a medium high heat, don't keep it too high or the oil will become too hot and burn the fish .
4. Remove once the fish is dark golden and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper and serve.