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Fried Smelts

Rated as 4.12 out of 5 Stars

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

20 m servings 440 cals
Original recipe yields 3 servings

Directions

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  1. Whisk together flour and salt in a pie plate. Dredge smelt in flour mixture, coating both the outside and cavity of the fish.
  2. 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.

Footnotes

  • 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


Per Serving: 440 calories; 19 g fat; 43.1 g carbohydrates; 22.4 g protein; 91 mg cholesterol; 4845 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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!

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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 usin...

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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!

Used panko crumbs and these were perfectly cooked. Between 2 of us we ate a whole pound.

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 sa...

I fried mine in coconut oil, because it was handy. Seriously, this is delish.

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 ...

I love smelt and this is the recipe I use. Simple yet good!

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 usin...

Basic, quick and excellent flavor...

It was WAY too salty. I think it is supposed to be teaspoons not tablespoons of salt. It was like eating fried play doh. Although, they were lightly salted already in the package.