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Fried Smelt aka Fish Fries


This is how you make "Fish Fries"!


  • 2 pounds fresh whole smelt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • enough oil to deep fry fish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Clean the tiny innards from the fish by placing your finger and thumb in the gills and pull down
  2. Rinse the cleaned fish in cold water
  3. Drain on a paper towel
  4. Leave the heads intact (they are the best bite of all)
  5. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper
  6. In a shallow dish blend together, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  7. In a bowl beat, 1 egg and 1/2 cup milk, add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Dip fish in egg mixture
  9. Toss fish in flour mixture
  10. Deep fry until golden brown


  • Serve with ketchup, tartar, or cocktail sauce


  • Serving Size: 4