Smelts

Atherinella panamensis

Common Names: Smelt, Peruvian Smelt

AVAILABILITY Frozen

SEASONAL AVAILABILITY

Year Round Availability

CATCH and COUNTRY of ORIGIN

Wild Caught
Peru

SIZING

Scaled and gutted. Head off.

FLAVOR PROFILE

Sweet, oily flavor with medium texture and fine flake. Medium fat content. Raw flesh is light cream color and cooks up white.

COOKING TECHNIQUES

Grilling, Roasting, Broiling, Pan Searing, Frying, Steaming, Poaching, Smoking.

PRODUCT INFO

Smelt are pelagic (occurring within the midwater column), usually travelling in schools less than one mile from shore and in water less than 19 feet deep. Their movement patterns are associated with seasonal changes in water temperatures. In summer, schools move to deeper, cooler waters; in the fall they enter bays and estuaries where they actively feed until the onset of winter.