Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Episode: Fishing Whole
Pan-Fried Smelts
Total:
21 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
21 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds smelts, approximately 12 (6 to 8-inch long) gutted with fins removed
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Peanut oil

Directions

Rinse the smelts thoroughly and pat dry. Place the bread crumbs, salt and pepper into a large resealable bag and shake to combine. Place the lemon juice into a shallow dish. Dip the smelts into the juice and then place in the bag with the dry mixture and shake until the fish are well coated. You can coat 2 to 3 fish at a time, depending on their size.

Place enough peanut oil into a 12-inch cast iron skillet just to cover the bottom of the pan. Place over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the smelts to the pan, 4 to 5 at a time, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes per side until lightly browned and cooked through.

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