Fried Smelt Recipe

Fried Smelt Recipe

Total Time:

25 minutes(Cooking)




olive oil, for frying
1 cupmatzo meal
2 tspgarlic powder
1 tspsalt
1 lbsmelt
2 tbspbutter
handfulfresh herbs, minced
1 clovegarlic
fresh chili pepper (to taste), minced
1lemon, halved


  1. In a large saute pan, add oil to reach 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Heat the oil until 350F or when you drop a few flakes of matzo meal into the oil it begins to bubble and lightly brown.
  2. In a wide, shallow bowl, mix together the matzo meal, garlic powder and the salt. Have the matzo meal, the smelt, a wire rack on top of a baking sheet ready by your stove. Coat smelt on both sides with the matzo meal then carefully slide into the hot oil to fry. Repeat with a few more smelt fish (allow the smelt enough room so they don't touch in the oil).
  3. Fry both sides of the smelt fish for 2 minutes each side. Let the fried smelt drain its excess oil on the wire rack. Repeat with remaining batches.
  4. Just before serving, heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and when hot, add in the garlic and chilies. When garlic becomes fragrant, season with salt and pepper and squeeze in the juice of one of the lemon halves. Turn off the heat and stir in the fresh herbs. Pour this over the plated fried smelt and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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