Fried Smelt


  • 1  pound cleaned smelt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  •  lemon and parsley for garnish

How to Make It

Step 1

Clean smelt.

Step 2

Make the seasoned flour by mixing all the ingredients in a bowel or brown bag works great.

Step 3

Heat a large frying pan over high heat for a minute or two.  Turn the heat down to medium-high and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan by about 1/8 inch.  You do not want the smelt swimming in oil.  Let this oil heat up for 2-3 minutes, or until you see if begin to ripple on the surface.

Step 4

While the oil is heating, drop smelt a few at a time into the brown bag and shake until coated with the flour mixture.

Step 5

Cook for 2-4 minutes or until golden brown.  Salt and serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges.

Recipe By:  Shannon Tinnell, Feast of the Seven Fishes Movie