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Fried Smelt aka Fish Fries

This is how you make "Fish Fries"!
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Author: Rebecka


  • 2 pounds fresh whole smelt
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • enough oil to deep fry fish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Clean the tiny innards from the fish by placing your finger and thumb in the gills and pull down
  • Rinse the cleaned fish in cold water
  • Drain on a paper towel
  • Leave the heads intact (they are the best bite of all)
  • Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper
  • In a shallow dish blend together, ½ cup flour and ½ cup panko crumbs
  • In a bowl beat, 1 egg and ½ cup milk, add salt and pepper to taste
  • Dip fish in egg mixture
  • Toss fish in flour mixture
  • Deep fry until golden brown


  • Serve with ketchup, tartar, or cocktail sauce


Serving: 4g