Smelt are unique little creatures. Averaging lengths around 5 inches, these members of the salmon family exist in many regions. They are one of the few species of fish allowed to be caught using handheld nets.
Smelt have a distinct flavor that is mild, yet fishy. They have a high oil content due to their omega 3’s, which leads to many health benefits. You can snack on smelt whole, or remove their heads and/or internal organs before enjoying. A common method of preparation is frying. Available frozen year-round.