Grammie Bea's Fried Smelts

READY IN: 50mins


  • 2 -3
    lbs fresh water smelt, small, heads removed and bellys slit and cleaned
  • 3 -4
  • 1
    (8 1/2 ounce) box Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • oil, enough to fill frying pan up about 2-inch
  • 12
    teaspoon salt


  • Buy as many fresh water smelts as you need. They are smaller and sweeter than sea smelts.
  • Clean the smelts in cold water, cutting off the heads, and snip down the belly with scissors, to remove the bellies.
  • Rinse out the bellies of each one, as you cut and snip the heads.
  • Soak in cold water, until you are ready to cook them, or put in fridge.
  • When ready to cook you will need:
  • Eggs, beaten in a lg. bowl, enough to dip all your fish in,(depending on how much you are making depends on how many eggs you.
  • need).
  • I use about 3 eggs for 2 lbs. of smelts.
  • Jiffy corn muffin mix, (if you are cooking 2-3 lbs. of smelts 1 box will do. If you are doing more, then you will need at least 2 boxes).
  • oil, enough to fill the frying pan up about 2".
  • salt, to taste.
  • Beat the eggs well, and put them in a bowl.
  • Put Jiffy corn muffin mix in a lg. plate, and mix in salt, about 1/2 teaspoons per box.
  • Put oil in frying pan to get hot. Cook on high heat, letting the pan get hot, before putting in your fish, then turn down the heat to med-high.
  • Dip your fish in the egg, and then in the muffin mix.
  • Deep fry in at least 2" of oil in a heavy frying pan, until golden brown.
  • You can also use this corn muffin mix to cook any other sweet fresh water fish, such as horn pout, or what you may call catfish, bass, white perch etc.