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Fried Smelts

Fried Smelts


"My Newfie grandmother's smelt recipe. They're like little fishy french fries!"
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20 m servings 440 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 440 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 19 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.1g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 22.4 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 91 mg
  • 30%
  • Sodium:
  • 4845 mg
  • 194%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * 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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  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.


  • 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.

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  1. 14 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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!

Most helpful critical review

I didn't care for this recipe. Too much salt.

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

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

Followed recipe as directed. They never really got brown and crispy. Will turn up heat next time. They were still tasty. My mom made them often.

Simple and delicious!!

Easy and very good! I always think of fried smelts as a Christmas Eve tradition from way back. The amount of salt called for seemed a lot to me, so I cut back to about a tsp and also added garl...

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