Rinse the smelt well under running water.
Put the fish in a bag, add flour, salt, pepper, paprika and thyme.
Close the bag and shake several times so that the fish is completely covered with flour and spices.
Heat vegetable oil in a pan and lay out the fish. Fry on both sides until golden brown.
Serve can be warm or cold.
The fried smelt is very tasty, juicy and crispy, it is a wonderful appetizer for beer. This method of preparation is great for any small fish, the most important thing with such a breading is that the flour remains in the right amount and does not remain in large quantities in the pan. You do not need to gut the fish for this recipe, but you can if you wish. If you have frozen fish, it is important to defrost it correctly, place the smelt on the top shelf of the refrigerator and defrost it for several hours or at night; in some cases, do not defrost it in water, as the fish will become watery and lose their taste.