The history

Here’s a little bit of background first: Obleț is a type of sweet water fish found everyone around Europe. You’d find them if you decided to one day to go fishing with your friends at the lake next to your town. You’d be all happy and excited that you’d finally be able to catch a huge carp or catfish and squeal like a little girl when you get a bite. However, all throughout the 8 hours you’re there, in the middle of nature, getting bitten by mosquitoes and getting progressively miserable, only these little bastards are biting. So what do you do? You make obleti prajiti.

The recipe

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Obleti prajiti - Fried bleak
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Romanian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 500 grams obleti (bleak) (these are small river fish found in Romania. If you can't get them anywhere, substitute them with fresh anchovies)
  • 100 grams polenta flour (malai)
  • cooking oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • mujdei (garlic sauce) (you can find the recipe in the HOW TO section)
  • lemon juice
  • mamaliga (polenta) as a side. Covered in the HOW TO section
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Romanian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 500 grams obleti (bleak) (these are small river fish found in Romania. If you can't get them anywhere, substitute them with fresh anchovies)
  • 100 grams polenta flour (malai)
  • cooking oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • mujdei (garlic sauce) (you can find the recipe in the HOW TO section)
  • lemon juice
  • mamaliga (polenta) as a side. Covered in the HOW TO section
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Instructions on how to make obleti prajiti

This one is very easy. First, you either clean the fish or not. If they’re smaller than 10 cm, you don’t need to clean them. They’ll all get cooked up and you’re not even going to notice the difference. After you’ve cleaned them (or not), put the polenta flour in a bowl and drag these guys through the flour.

As you’re doing this, make sure to heat up the oil in a pan. Once it’s all good and hot add the fish and fry until crispy. Squeeze some lemon juice on top of them and serve them with mamaliga. If you don’t mind smelling like garlic for the next 2 weeks and feeling adventurous, add mujdei (garlic sauce) to them.

Listen to this while cooking.

Enjoy.