Crisp Fried Smelt - Smelts
12 mins (prep 10, cooking 2)
6 ingredients
2-4 servings
I remember making these as a young girl during lent. The last time before today was for my FIL who is gone now for 22 years. He enjoyed them so. These small fish are very addictive. This simple recipe is easy quick and only 4 ingredients. Smelt is the name of a family of silvery fishes found in cool waters. Most measure less than 8 inches (20 centimeters) long. Smelts have a small, fleshy fin behind the dorsal fin on the back like trout and salmon. This is very inexpensive, making it great for those on a tight budget.

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  • 1/2 lb fish fillet, of smelts which is the name of a family of silvery fishes found in cool waters of the northern hemis
  • 2/3-1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • crisco (for frying)


Serving Size (55.04 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 193.24 Calories from Fat 16.65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.85g 5.71%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 7.04%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 10.21mg 6.8%
Sodium 77.26mg 6.44%
Total Carbohydrate 36.04g 24.02%
Dietary Fiber 4.28 g 34.24%
Sugars 7.41 g %
Protein 10.36g 41.43%
Vitamin A 29.48IU% Vitamin C 0.84mg%
Calcium 188.71mg% Iron 1.48mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
fish fillet