Begin by heating up vegetable oil in a deep pot on the stove. Take a lot of care when deep frying and watch the protruding handle on some pots since bumping it can splash the oil and lead to a fire. I like to use vegetable or peanut oil as the plain flavours don’t over-power the subtle flavours of the seafood.
Remove the head from each yabbie and peel off the shell by snipping the edges of the shells with kitchen scissors. You can reserve the shells and heads, roast them and make a delicious stock or bisque (not needed for this recipe) so freeze everything but the tail meat for up to a few weeks until you need it.
Depending on the size of each yabbie, you may need 5-6 smaller tails per skewer or 2 – 3 larger ones. Mix the salt & pepper with the rice flour and coat the skewered yabbies generously.
Before you cook the yabbies, you’ll need to test the heat of the oil. You can do this by placing a skewer in the heated oil. If bubbles come out of the end of the
skewer, the oil is hot enough.
Lower the yabbies into the hot oil, they will need only 2-3 minutes to cook and the coating should be golden brown. Drain on paper toweling to soak up any excess oil.