fried smelt on log round
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Fried Smelt

Fried Smelt is an easy Spring dinner for any night of the week! They literally take 5 minutes to cook, so dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 264kcal
Author Beth Neels




  • Add flour, bread crumbs, celery salt and lemon pepper to large covered bowl or plastic food storage bag. Mix well.
  • Add smelts and shake until thoroughly covered. See notes below.
  • Melt butter in olive oil in large cast iron skillet over high heat.
  • Add smelts, in batches, to hot oil and saute 2-3 minutes per side, until browned and crispy. Drain on wire rack.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Important to shake off excess flour!
I find that shaking them in a bag introduces too much flour into the cavity that does not get cooked through and will make them taste like flour. If you choose to flour them in a bag, make sure to shake them off thoroughly.
Good sauces for dipping;


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 858mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 2mg