We all loved this little fish called Smelt. I bought it at WalMart where they sell frozen fish. Turmeric has curcumin which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. And the best way for me to cook this fish is marinating it with turmeric powder and then deep-fry so that we can eat the whole thing including the fish bones. So, flouring the fish is important here for it to get crispy and delicious.
Have you eaten Smelt before? If yes, how else would you cook it?
8 oz. wild caught lake fish Smelts
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
Rice flour to coat the fish
Marinate the Smelts with salt, turmeric and cumin powder for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
Heat up your wok with cooking oil, medium heat, and enough to cover the fish. Dip each Smelt into rice flour to coat evenly and slowly drop into the hot oil. Deep-fry until crispy and cooked (in batches). You can drain on paper towel or serve directly.