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Nutritional properties of sprats
Sprats contain 16 to 17 % fat within their edible meat and are therefore considered oily fish. They are rich in protein and vitamin D. Sprats are furthermore a good source of minerals, potassium, iron, zinc and iodine.
Use of sprats in cuisine
In Northern European countries sprats are mostly sold tinned. Their high fat content of up to 17 % makes them well suited for smoking. Smoked sprats from Germany, called Kieler Sprotten, are known in other European countries as well. Cured and marinated sprats are sometimes sold as anchovies but while they belong to the same botanical order, they are not closely related. Marinated sprats are best served with buttered dark rye bread. In Southern European countries sprats are often sold fresh or salted. Their meat has a fine taste that is best suited for deep-frying, pan-frying and grilling.