How to cook smelt?

Smelt is a small tasty fish, which is prepared in various ways, and in St. Petersburg they also annually celebrate smelt festivities, which take place in the spring. In this article, Ellhau will share with you various recipes: how to make smelt.

The most popular cooking option is frying fish. However, before describing the frying process in detail, we’ll tell you how to prepare smelt.

We clean the fish

With the cleaning of smelt troubles will not be much, its rather large scales are easily peeled off. It is convenient to rid the fish of scales under running water. If the fish are small, then the cleaning on this stops, but if the fish is large, then you can easily remove the head and insides with scissors. To do this, make an incision with scissors at the base of the head (from the side of the ridge). Do not cut the head to the end, and while holding the scissors clamped, sharply pull them to the side, with the head separate with the entrails, and the tasty caviar will remain in the abdomen. After the fish is cleaned and washed, it must be dried.

Recipes: how to cook smelt

Option 1


  • Smelt
  • Eggs
  • Milk (water)
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Greens and onions (for decoration)

Let's start with the most popular way - frying:

  1. Cooking batter: beat a couple of eggs with milk (or water). Flour mix a plate with pepper and salt.
  2. Heat the frying pan with vegetable oil (oil should be enough, but not much, so that half of the fish is covered - 2-3 mm)
  3. Purified smelt dipped in an egg, then in flour and spread in a pan in dense rows.
  4. Frying time about two minutes on each side. During this time a golden crust should appear.

You can pre-sprinkle the fish with lemon juice, pepper, salt and leave to marinate for 15-20 minutes. Serve the fish, decorated with greens, onion rings to various side dishes (for example, fried potatoes, boiled rice) with or without sauces.

Option 2

How to fry smelt, we have already told, now we will stop on the recipe: smelt in cream.


  • Smelt
  • Bow
  • Butter
  • Cream or milk
  • Greenery
  • Salt and spices to taste

Preparation: put the cleaned smelt in a greased pan, put onion, cut into rings, pepper (or add your favorite spices) and salt. Then pour cream (or milk) over fish and simmer over low heat. Cooking time 15-20 minutes.In the finished fish meat is easily separated from the bones.

Option 3

Now tell you how to cook smelt in the oven. Foil and the following ingredients are required for cooking:

  • Smelt
  • Lemon
  • Vegetable oil
  • Black pepper (ground)
  • Salt
  • Allspice (peas)
  • Bay leaf
  • Greenery

Preparation: sprinkle the fish in a bowl with lemon juice and oil, pepper and salt, leave for 10-15 minutes. Then put the fish on the foil (lay out the fish in a single layer), send lavrushka and chopped greens there, and then wrap the foil. Prepared package is sent to the preheated oven and baked at 180-190 ° for 25-30 minutes. If you want to get a fish with a crust, then the last 5-7 minutes bake smelt with incised foil.

Now you know the various options for how to cook smelt, and you can please your loved ones with a beautiful meal.