Fried Smelt


Learn how to cook smelt with my Newfie grandmother's recipe. They're like little fishy French fries!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • ¾ pound cleaned smelt

  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Whisk flour and salt together in a pie pan. Dredge smelt in flour mixture until well coated on the outsides and in the cavities.

  2. Heat 1/4 inch oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches, fry smelt in hot oil until crisp and firm, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and 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 (per serving)

440 Calories
19g Fat
43g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 440
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 4845mg 211%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 341mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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