I found a can of Smoked Sprats Pate- same Russian brand as in your photo – at a middle Eastern market in San Diego that also carries Eastern European products. I love all smoked stuff, from paprika to Jewish Smoked whitefish “salad ” at Costco. Sprats are eaten in many places around the world and contain high levels of healthy, polyunsaturated fats. It was great on crackers. I think I shall be more adventurous now though! They should be refrigerated after opening and will stay good for up to 5 days. Oh how much easier would it have been if we had seen this first! I bought them for their nutritional benefits. Yes, eat them straight out the can, no need to cook! Do they taste the same? Another way of enjoying fresh sprats (or any whitebait fish) is to simply pan fry in a small amount of butter then squeeze lemo.n juice and a sprinkling of malt vinegar and season with a little black pepper. Haven’t been a big fish eater, beyond Cod, Salmon, Haddock, and Tuna. The choise is really great but Riga winter sprats are the best – have always been ! Subscribe to our newsletter for more tips and inspiration straight from the pros, By subscribing to this newsletter you are agreeing to your personal information being stored and handled according to our But then my dad was a Pomeranian when there was such a thing so we knew of them. Eat straight from the can or however you prefer to eat canned fish. Sprats are very popular in Russia where I’m originally from, and they are sold in European ethnic supermarkets in the US. The name is coming from German sprotte – it is actually small herring living in Baltic sea. Sprats are new to me, too, but I love sardines…and would be happy to sample some sprats to compare :). However, I have seen the sprats canned with their heads included :). lol. I love smoked trout, smoked salmon, smoked mussels, and sardines. In Russian grocery stores you can also find a similar can of fish called “Kilka”. Integrity policy. Delicious! All of those taste great if pickeld, smoked, fryed or preserved in olive oil with a touch of fresh garlic, chilli and dill. Do you need to gut sprats before cooking & eating them? Vik. Really enjoyed this article. Your email address will not be published. More about me >>, https://www.melaniecooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/sprats-can.jpg, https://www.melaniecooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/logo-new2.png. There is a rumor that many people of Soviet or Russian descent can’t live without eating a can of these at least once a year. But it’s so small, nobody notices anyways. Here in Plano Texas USA, we have a store called CCCP (soviet union), I just bought a can of Sprat, it’s made in Latvia, have not tried it yet, they also have Cod Liver, that may be my next thing to try. Thank you. And how long can it stay refrigerated? I purchased some sprats in a deli and the guy at the counter said they are delicious with a bit of avocado — I imagine you could mash the avocado, spread on the rye and top with sprats. I haven’t had a sprat, but it’s fun to learn about them. The sprats are tiny, and are normally sold canned – just like sardines. Very yummy. Actually, they have a strong smell and strong taste. Sorry, but smoked sprats are more like German heritage in Northern part of Europe. Enjoy. Not only will your cat love the fishy taste, but sardines are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which give your pet's immune system a boost and help prevent heart disease. But you can’t really taste the tails – the whole sprat tastes the same :). I love fishing and seafood and to me there look like white bite, pilchard or blue bite how we call those in Australia. Keep thinking of the Jack Spratt ditty though :P, They look very much like the sardines (canned and bottled) they sell here (in Manila) and we also have smoked versions…I am sure they are delicious! They are milder than sardines, and smoked. Sprats are eaten in many places around the world and contain high levels of healthy, polyunsaturated fats. It’s a good snack for a camping trip or picnic. Sprats may or may not be exactly the same as sardines. i.e. Try to cut the tail fin only, and eat it. Sprites, sprats, are smoked sardines. They make a killer pate, with egg, onion, garlic, mix till creamy, put on Borodinsky “little brick” black bread. They are wild caught from Latvia. Covered in flour or doe and fried -delicious. is it safe to eat them (so long as they're cooked). "Sprat" is the name applied to several species of small, oily fishes belonging to the herring family. Interested to try them and will try them fried though they don’t look very appetizing in the picture, will see. Taste very similar to smoked oysters.