La Cucina di Kat: From Ugly to Beautiful! Cleaning and Cooking Smelts
If you’ve ever lived around the Great Lakes, you’ve probably eaten Freshwater Smelts or at least seen or heard of them. These are the most delectable little fish and when they’re fried up, they’re all crispy and good and you can eat them like candy!
Cleaning them isn't the most appetizing but it's not so bad! Get out your kitchen sheers, or a good pair of scissors. Cut the head off. Cut from the head hole to the anus, on the belly of the fish. take your thumb and push out all the insides, making sure all you see is bones in the middle, rinse well. There is no need to remove the bones as they are soft and you will not even know they're there!
I basically just shake these in a bag of highly seasoned flour and drop them into hot oil until they turn a light golden color – a few minutes. They’re easily overcooked as they are so small, so just try a couple in hot oil to get the hang of it. Fry in small batches also!