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Pan Fried Smelt

Whole smelt dusted with seasoned sorghum flour and pan fried in a healthy oil
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 2 adults


  • 2 T avocado oil
  • 1/3 cup sweet sorghum flour for dredging
  • .5 t fine sea salt
  • .5 t fresh ground black pepper
  • .5 t garlic powder
  • 1 pound fresh smelts Cleaned and patted dry with paper towels


  • Combine dry ingredients in a container that has a lid. Cover with lid and shake to combine.
  • Add the desired amount of smelt to container, replace cover and shake vigorously until all fish are covered in the flour mixture.
  • Fry in hot oil for about 2 minutes per side or until desired crispness. Remove fish from pan and allow to drain.
  • Serve with a salad or any preferred vegetable dish. Entire smelt can be eaten or easily peel out the backbone if desired.
  • If you smoked the smelt, they will be dry on the outside and you will need to add some avocado oil to the fish so the flour mixture will have something to stick to.


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