Smelt

SMELT

night smelt

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Smelt  is a small fish distantly related to the salmon family, which has a shape similar to a small salmon. They live in both fresh and saltwater.  They have an olive colored back with silver streaks along its side. It is a very prolific fish and it almost always travels in large schools. They are abundant in the great lakes region. when they are very  fresh they have a peculiar smell, resembling a sliced cucumber. Throughout the United States it can be found under names like candlefish, ice fish, silversides, winter fish or whitebait.

Cooking

Calumet Fisheries: Fried Smelt

Fried Smelt–FOR PHOTO CREDITS CLICK PICTURE

They have a tender flesh that is quite oily with a rich sweet flavor. The best way to cook it is to Pan fry, Deep fry or broil.

Click on one of the following links for directions for cooking.
HOW TO PANFRY Fish
DEEP FRY Fish
BROIL FISH

For information on other fish and how to cook them go to http://tocookafish.com/fish-index
If you need information on shellfish check out http://tocookashellfish.com/  

 

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