Fried Smelts with Shallots

Fried Smelts with Shallots

  • Preparation 20 min
  • Cooking 10 min
  • Servings 4

Inspired by the memory of perfectly crisp Mediterranean sardines on the Moroccan coast, we turned to smelts—another tasty, tiny fish (rainbow smelts from lakes Erie, Huron and Superior is the most sustainably harvested variety). Just a dredge in flour seasoned with cayenne, cumin and turmeric, and a quick shallow fry is all these irresistible morsels need. For the ultimate snack, serve them hot with lots of lime…and a cold beer or two.

Featured in RICARDO Magazine SPRING 2019
  • Nut-free
  • Lactose-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free




Note from Ricardo

Smelts are naturally salty, so no need to add any salt.

Eco-friendly tip: Fresh smelts are quite perishable, so make sure to cook them within a day or two of purchase. If properly stored, frozen smelts can last as long as six months.

Personal Note

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