Fried Smelts

Fried Smelts


  • 1 lb smelts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk


  • Preheat oil in a deep fryer or heavy pot to 375°F.
  • In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
  • In another shallow dish, whisk together eggs and milk. Set aside.
  • Dip smelts in the flour mixture to coat both sides, then dip them into the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Return the smelts to the flour mixture, coating both sides again.
  • Carefully place the smelts in the hot oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.