Pan Fried Smelts

Hello there!

It’s been a while, a long while actually. Here at NK we still eat real food, shop locally and continue to work on reducing our environmental footprint. We are huge fans of sardines and healthy sustained fish. Whether frozen or fresh, smelts are deliciously pleasing every time.

Smelts are a family of small fish, Osmeridae, found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, totally sustainable and so delicious that you can eat them whole. And today we will!

We were lucky enough to find some fresh smelts at one of our local markets. These little guys are so quick and easy to make you are going to want to present these to your table more often. These will also make some great appetizers on a skewer, grilled.


  • 1 – 1.5 pounds of fresh smelts (if frozen, let them thaw out and dab with a towel)
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 of plantain flower
  • pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • fresh black cracked pepper
  • 1/2 lemon

Pour coconut oil into your 10 inch cast iron pan or the similar, allow the oil to get very hot.

Salt and pepper your smelt and then gently roll them individually in the flour. Ensure that you pat the flour on tightly and shake the rest off. Once you have 4 – 6 coated, place them into the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes each side. Place on paper towel, and sprinkle with a little more sea salt. Finish your whole batch and serve with your favorite salad or dipping sauce.

We hope that you enjoy these crispy smelts as much as we do. Be well – Jo and Henry

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