Deep Fried Smelts
- 2 pounds smelts, approximately 12 (6 to 8-inch long) gutted with fins removed
- 1 cup dried bread crumbs, finely ground
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- sprigs of parsley
- 2 lemons
- Peanut or canola oil
Step 1: In a deep fryer or deep skillet, heat oil to 375 °F (190 °C).
Step 2: Rinse smelts thoroughly and pat dry.
Step 3: Place the bread crumbs and flour into a large bowl. Whisk egg, water, and milk into a bowl. Dip the smelts into the bread crumb/flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, then back into the flour mixture until the fish are well coated. Shake off excess.
Step 4: Drop smelts into deep fryer or skillet with heated oil and cook until golden. Let stand to drain on paper towel and season with salt.
Step 5: Place smelts in a serving dish, garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.