Deep Fried Smelt

Deep Fried Smelt

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2 lbs fresh or frozen smelt, headed and gutted or not
1 cup flour
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
Peanut oil for deep frying
2 cloves garlic, slivered
1 or 2 colorful chillies or to taste, seeded and sliced
2 tbsp butter
1 handful each; dill(oregano), parsley and thyme, chopped


Mix the flour, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and paprika together in a plastic/paper bag. Toss in a handful of the smelt at a time, coating well.  Fry in the peanut oil until golden brown and crispy.

Melt the butter in a small skillet, then add the garlic and chillies, sauteing until aromatic. Remove from the flame, stir in the herbs, then pour over the fried fish.