Fragrant Pan-Fried Smelt with Roe

Fragrant Pan-Fried Smelt with Roe

This is great for times when you need one more dish. This pan-fried dish is so fragrant and appetizing. It's great as a side dish or as an appetizer to go with drinks.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Smelt with roe
●Tempura flour (store-bought)
3 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
●Ground sesame seeds
1 tablespoon
Vegetable oil
as needed
to taste


1. Combine and mix all ● ingredients in a bowl.
2. Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan (enough to fill the pan to 1 mm). Turn the heat on.
3. When the oil from Step 2 has warmed up, dredge the whole smelt in the batter from Step 1 and pan-fry over medium-low heat. Flip them over midway to pan-fry both sides until golden brown.
4. Transfer them onto a sheet of parchment paper to drain any excess oil. Dish them up, and serve with some lemon to taste.

Story Behind this Recipe

Fried smelt alone is tasty, but I felt that they'd transform into a grand dish with some dredging.