Smelts – Fry ‘Em

Smelts – Fry 'Em

smelts

Fried Smelts! The delicious delicacy we all look forward to each year.
This is a simple, easy way to get your smelt fix. Great for big gatherings!

This recipe is for 1-1 ½ lb of smelts
¾ cup flour
¼ cup corn starch
2 eggs, well beaten
1-1 ½ cups of beer (the darker the better!)
Salt, Pepper
(Add some cayenne for a kick!)
Mix the dry ingredients together, and slowly incorporate wet ingredients. Adjust batter for consistency. (a thicker batter will give a denser coating, thinner batter will be more crispy)
Bring your frying oil up to 350-375C. 
Pat smelts dry, and one by one dip them in beer batter. Place them lightly in the oil, ensure you’re splashing the oil away from you! 
Fry 4-5 minutes per smelt. (Don’t over crowd your deep fryer!)
Remove, drain excess oil and salt generously. Serve with lemon wedges!