Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a dish I remember from my childhood, and it comes to mind every time I see fresh smelts available at the grocery. Serve with mashed potatoes for a traditional Swedish meal, or french fries for a more modern meal. This dish can also be made with small herring or sardines. Posted for ZWT6.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 14 lbs smelt (fresh)
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt
  • breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  1. Clean fish, and remove the heads.
  2. Rinse fish well, and drain.
  3. Salt the fish, lightly coat in the breadcrumbs, then fry in the butter until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was really not bad! I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I enjoyed the crispiness of the breadcrumbs, and thought it added texture.

Studentchef August 05, 2013

When I saw this recipe, I just had to tag it. I had this all the time when I was a child. I made this at camp this weekend and absolutely loved it!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

queenbeatrice August 15, 2010