My Newfie grandmother's smelt recipe. They're like little fishy french fries!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk together flour and salt in a pie plate. Dredge smelt in flour mixture, coating both the outside and cavity of the fish.

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  • Heat oil in a frying pan 1/4-inch deep over medium heat until hot. Place fish in the hot oil; fry until crisp and firm, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Remove fish with a slotted spoon; drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

440 calories; protein 22.4g 45% DV; carbohydrates 43.1g 14% DV; fat 19g 29% DV; cholesterol 90.6mg 30% DV; sodium 4845.4mg 194% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2014
This is exactly how we make our smelts every Christmas Eve and they are delicious. The simple flour coating really allows the flavor of the smelts to shine YUM! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2019
This lacked flavor and interest. Read More
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2014
This is exactly how we make our smelts every Christmas Eve and they are delicious. The simple flour coating really allows the flavor of the smelts to shine YUM! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2014
Used panko crumbs and these were perfectly cooked. Between 2 of us we ate a whole pound. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2015
We both really really enjoyed these. It had been years since I had cooked smelt and I couldn't remember the method so I was happy to find this recipe. I did find that there was far too much salt and flour than needed. I cooked these in coconut oil again much less than the recipe called for. Thanks for sharing your grandmothers recipe. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2015
I like this much better than the deep-fried version you usually get at restaurants. I added the step of dipping the smelts in egg/milk before dredging in the breading. I used cornmeal because I didn't have flour handy and added some seafood seasoning. I wish I could give it 4.5 stars hubby probably would give it 5.:) I had a few lake perch along with it that I used the same method for and it turned out good too. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2015
I fried mine in coconut oil because it was handy. Seriously this is delish. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2016
I love smelt and this is the recipe I use. Simple yet good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2019
I used gluten free flour (without any gums). Worked just fine. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2019
I added a couple of spices (Cumin and Garlic) along with salt and pepper to give it some flavor. Just dredging it in flower without an egg-wash first made for a more delicate crust..I liked that. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2018
I used the flour and salt but just couldn t/wouldn t use 2 Tablespoons to one cup flour! That s over 12 000 mg of sodium! They taste great using 1 teaspoon per cup. The lighter colored are using the flour mixture those in the picture that are darker are fried using just Italian bread crumbs. Yummy both ways! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2019
This lacked flavor and interest. Read More