Curried Pan Fried Japanese Pond Smelt

Curried Pan fried japanese smelt wakasagi

I whipped this up one morning to put in lunches. As it was cooking, I found myself getting excited for lunch. It smells great. Not having grown up near the ocean, it sometimes doesn’t occur to me to buy fish. I love fish but we rarely ate it when I was a child. I went through a fish poor couple of weeks and decided to try something new. Small fish are good for you so I picked up some Japanese pond smelt (ワカサギ wakasagi) on a whim. When I find a new ingredient, I often turn to Cookpad.com (I use the app so it is the Japanese version but the English site is supposed to be great). This recipe is so simple and tasty.  It takes less than five minutes from start to finish.

Curried Pan Fried Japanese Pond Smelt

A loose translation of this recipe

Japanese pond smelt (わかさぎ wakasagi) – as many as you like
salt and pepper to taste
curry powder to taste
oil for pan frying

Wash and dry off the smelt. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat (depending on your stove). Add the smelt and fry until just cooked. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and curry powder and fry until a bit crispy. Serve.

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