Fried Smelt with a White Bean Paprika Yogurt Dip

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Well, this happened…

Smelt is really cheap at the store, and you can roll it in breadcrumbs and fry it up. Serve it with a dipping sauce made with leftover Greek yogurt, and it is a great seafoody snack..

Like little fish fries.. They are the best with fried asparagus.


  • 1/2 pound smelt
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (mix in some seasonings or the crumbs of a bag of everything bagel chips if you are holding onto it..)
  • 1 handful of leftover asparagus spears
  • a lot of oil (I like olive)
  • 1 can of white beans (any kind you have)
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Fill a pan with oil about 1/2 inch deep and heat to very hot. Roll the smelt and asparagus in the breadcrumbs and then drop in the oil, 2-3 minutes a side. Place on a paper towel to cool, but season while hot.

Place the white beans, paprika, and yogurt in a blender, and stream in the oil slowly. Add more if you need it to thin out a bit.

Dip the fish and asparagus in the yogurt sauce..

So good.

November 23, 2014 Comments (0) Sauces, Seafood, Small Plates & Snacks

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