Fried Fresh Smelts

Total Time
10 mins
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.

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  • 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

4 5

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.

5 5

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.