OVEN ROASTED SMELTS

OVEN ROASTED SMELTS

 

Oven roasted smelts
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Smelts are known for their delicate mild flavor and soft texture.  Not only are they rich in healthy vitamins and high quality protein but smelts are also low in mercury.  They are fantastic fried, roasted, broiled and stewed.

These little guys are loaded with important vitamins and minerals: 

Vitamin B12 1 supports blood and brain functions and DNA replication; 

Phosphorus 2,3 helps repair cells and tissues and convert food into energy; 

Selenium 4, an essential nutrient, critical in production of thyroid hormones 5, DNA synthesis and reproductive function;

Healthy fats- each serving of rainbow smelts provides as many Omega-3 6 fats as one serving of wild salmon.



Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 247 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb smelts
  • 3 TBSP ghee
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil extra virgin, organic
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F



  2. In a bowl, mix ghee, salt, pepper and oregano.  Coat smelts evenly with ghee mixture and spread in the cooling sheet over the oven tray.



  3. Roast in the oven until fish is light brown or about 10 min.



  4. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.



References1–6:

1.
Vitamin B12. National Institute of Health  Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/.
3.
Phosphorus in diet. Medline Plus. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002424.htm.
4.
Selenium. National Institute of Health  Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/.
5.
Selenium and Thyroid Disease: From Pathophysiology to Treatment. National Center for Biotechnology Information. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5307254/.
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