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Fresh sprats are good too

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The Smelly Alley Fish Company sprat information:

Sprats are very seasonal, from about the end of August to March, but they start getting really good in October and fade off in February. Not around yet, but it's any day now (written 4th September).  Join our E-MAIL LIST and we'll email you every year when they arrive.

Sprats are the same fish as whitebait, but bigger. There will be 500g.

One of our (retired) fishmongers used to cook them on a very thin bed of salt in a hot oven until they were browned and then ate them, bones and all, but not the head. If you grill them, which is a good way of cooking them, it's a good idea to line the grill pan with foil, saves cleaning!

Barbecueing is another good way of cooking them, but unluckily they coincide with the colder weather, but nothing to stop you putting them on the barbecue and eating them inside. We've seen lots of recipes for sprats with mustard sauce, a quick way of making this is to mix together creme fraiche, a few chopped spring onions, dry English mustard powder and sugar.

Sprats out of season? Try whitebait or sardines.