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Some describe the flavor of the Jack Smelt as being between that of a Perch and a Bonito, with meat firmer than a Seabass. It has an oily quality to it but not as oily as a mackerel. That oiliness is what gives the flesh its succulent flavor and makes it ideal for grilling, smoking, or even pan-frying. What's more, Jack Smelt are relatively small—usually only 10-12 inches in length—so they're perfect for those who don't want to deal with filleting a large fish.
Jack Smelt are found in coastal waters all along the Pacific coast of North America, from California all the way up to British Columbia. They're most commonly caught using small hooks baited with pieces of shrimp, squid, or other small fish.
At H&H you will find them gutted—we recommend cooking them within two days after purchasing.
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We do not recommend eating this fish raw.
Grilled, Pan-Fried, Smoked
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Meet the Jack Smelt, a fish that strikes a perfect balance of flavor between Perch and Bonito. Its firm texture is sturdier than Seabass, offering you a delightful crunch in every bite. The slight oiliness of this fish enhances its delicious flavor, making it ideal for grilling, smoking, or pan-frying. The Jack Smelt's compact size, typically 10-12 inches long, makes it a convenient choice for those who prefer not to wrestle with larger fish.
The natural habitat of the Jack Smelt stretches from the sunny shores of California up to the brisk coasts of British Columbia along the Pacific coastline of North America. They are typically caught using tiny hooks baited with shrimp, squid, or other small fish.
When you purchase Jack Smelt from H&H, they come conveniently gutted and prepped for your cooking needs. To maximize their fresh, savory flavor, we advise cooking them within two days of purchase. So why wait? Explore the unique, delectable flavor of Jack Smelt today!
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