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Offline canada

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eating smelts
« on: Feb 05, 2020, 08:02 PM »
Ive never had and we dont catch them up here

I do see them in the grocery store.  what is the best method to cook and how good are they?

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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #1 on: Feb 05, 2020, 08:20 PM »
remove guts, leave heads, tails and fins on; dust with seasoned flour; fry in a 1/2 inch of oil for a few minutes; drain on paper towel; eat entire critter.

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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #2 on: Feb 06, 2020, 06:37 AM »
We don't have them in lakes here either, but when getting them at a store I make them pretty well the same as claymore6 described, dust in flour and fry in Crisco.
The gentleman from Japan posted a bunch of them fried up, they looked delicious, maybe he will chime in on how he prepares them.

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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #3 on: Mar 08, 2020, 09:13 PM »
We don't have them in lakes here either, but when getting them at a store I make them pretty well the same as claymore6 described, dust in flour and fry in Crisco.
The gentleman from Japan posted a bunch of them fried up, they looked delicious, maybe he will chime in on how he prepares them.

That was probably Niru 04, he has become a good friend of mine. Anyways,one of his recipes is "Nanbanzuke". You can Google it & make it yourself. It starts w/ Tempura fried Smelt. It is a bit 'Sloppy" by our standards,but it is delicious.It is eaten cold. Hoping to get him to cook me up some authentic Japanese smelt dishes ,next winter. He is coming to Mich. to fish w/ me.
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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #4 on: Mar 09, 2020, 10:43 AM »
speedy chik uses a pair of scissors, run it up the out shoot and down to head then use thumb to slide guts out. always keeping the scissor in hand. didn't see them cooking them.

phil, sounds like a great time!

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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #5 on: Mar 09, 2020, 10:58 AM »
I make a cut half way at a angle with scissors behind the head then run scissor from anus up to gills,grab head and pull down and it comes off with head and guts all in on motion.on real big smelt i freeze in water then rub the spine and ribs back and forth with my thumbs and the rip all the bones out in one pull.butterflied.cant do that fresh or it rips too muck meat out.has to be froze first.


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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #6 on: Mar 10, 2020, 03:56 AM »
speedy chik uses a pair of scissors, run it up the out shoot and down to head then use thumb to slide guts out. always keeping the scissor in hand. didn't see them cooking them.

phil, sounds like a great time!
I have a friend that jokingly makes fun of me for smelt fishing. He is always bragging about 'Speedy Chicks" Smelt, (its a chicken place in Battle Creek & Marshall, Mich. ) . Anyways, I gave him a few Gull Lake Smelt a couple of weeks ago, & he called me the next day, swearing that he would never make fun of me again ! The Smelt in Gull are running on avg. 7"  this year,I have been butterflying them before cooking,so I can pull the backbones out. Added bonus, they get real crispy !
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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #7 on: Mar 22, 2020, 09:05 AM »
i grew up in vermont catching smelt, there is no need to take the bones out as cooking makes  them soft. try it you will see.
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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #8 on: Mar 22, 2020, 09:11 AM »
i grew up in vermont catching smelt, there is no need to take the bones out as cooking makes  them soft. try it you will see.
not on the big 8 plus smelt.plus i have diverticulitis so i have to pull the bones out.

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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #9 on: Nov 21, 2020, 05:40 AM »
not on the big 8 plus smelt.plus i have diverticulitis so i have to pull the bones out.

There is definitely more meat on an 8" plus size smelt.  The big ones are also generally the females and they also have a nice sized roe.

Anyway as per topic.  I like to give a light flour dusting and deep fry or seasoning and bake on a rack in the oven for not so oily.

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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #10 on: Nov 21, 2020, 06:38 AM »
I deep fry them, as I do most all of my fish. Battered or coated works.

The ones you find in stores and restaurants are commercially caught, usually from saltwaters. Not a fan of them. Inland lake freshwaters are better in my opinion. I love to catch 'em but don't eat many. They're good...but kinda rich for me. A little goes a long way.
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Re: eating smelts
« Reply #11 on: Nov 21, 2020, 11:17 AM »
First off let me say when your buy them frozen they are like most frozen fish, NOT AS GOOD, as they are fresh.  Since frozen fish are already cleaned we can skip that step.  If you happen to have fresh start by cutting off the head and removing the entrails, then wash them thoroughly.  After draining them I dry them and they are ready for frying.  I make a wet batter out of Drakes, Andy's cajun, Hidden valley ranch dressing and pepper. Make sure the batter isn't too thick nor too thin.  Personally, I like a batter that sticks to the fish just enough to coat it but not so that it sticks onto the fish.  Batter the smelt and drop them into your deep fryer.   I should say Ireally don't care to eat frozen fish and only eat them on rare occasion.  Smelt is one fish I really don't care for frozen, but fresh, dam they're good!!!

 



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