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Arrange all ingredients for use.

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Peel the lower third of the asparagus.

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Wash and drain on kitchen paper.

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Beat the egg in a bowl with the beer, salt, some lemon juice and zest and season with pepper. Sieve the flour over the top.

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Stir everything to a smooth, thick batter.

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Using tongs, dip the asparagus spears into the batter.

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Allow the excess batter to drip off, then deep fry in batches in hot oil (approx. 170°C in a deep fat fryer or deep pan, half-filled with oil) for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Turn occasionally to brown them evenly.

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Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and serve with a chilli dip.