Fried Smelt Appetizer

May 10, 2011 9:05:40 AM PDT
Recipe for fried smelt from Shaw's Crab House in downtown Chicago.

  • 8 oz. Fresh Smelt
  • Smelt Batter (see recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Tartare Sauce (see recipe below)
  • Peanut Oil for frying
  • 1/4 Cup Fine Cracker Meal
  • Quartered Lemons for garnish

Dry Smelt on Paper Towel

Dip Smelt in Batter

Dredge in Cracker Meal

Deep Fry in Peanut Oil until Golden Brown

Garnish with Lemon Wedges

Smelt Batter

  • 4 oz. All Purpose Flour
  • 5 oz. Water
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground White Pepper

Mix water with combined dry ingredients

Tartare Sauce
Yield 1 Qt.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Minced Red Onion
  • 3 oz. Minced Celery
  • 1/3 Bunch Italian Parsley, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Cornichons
  • 4 fluid oz. Capers
  • 1 fluid oz. Lemon Juice
  • 5 Dashes Red Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 Pint Mayonnaise

Process cornichons in the Robot Coupe

Place all of the above items in a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients

Mix by hand until evenly blended