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Campfire Smelt

Prairie Home CookinMakes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 6 min


  • 16    smelts, cleaned, but with heads intact
  • 1      teaspoon salt
  • 1/2   teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2   cup cornmeal
  • 1/2   cup flour
  • 1/2   cup butter
  • 3      Tablespoons bacon fat or cooking oil
  •         Parsley


  1. Wipe the fish dry with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix cornmeal and flour.
  3. Roll smelts in mixture.
  4. In a heavy skillet, heat the butter and bacon fat, or until it almost smokes.
  5. Fry the smelts, 2 or 3 at a time, for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden.
  6. Serve garnished with parsley.

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