Walleye is a popular freshwater fish species that are native to North America. It is a popular game fish and is widely enjoyed as a food fish due to its firm, mild-tasting white flesh. Here are some easy-to-make walleye recipes and great ways to prepare walleye:
Six Great Walleye Recipes
1. Pan-Fried Walleye:
Season the walleye fillets with salt, pepper, and a pinch of paprika. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the fillets to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges.
2. Baked Walleye:
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the walleye fillets in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with a side of steamed vegetables or rice.
3. Grilled Walleye:
Brush the walleye fillets with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Heat a grill to medium-high heat and grill the fish for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with a side of grilled vegetables.
4. Beer-Battered Walleye:
In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of beer until the batter is smooth. Dip the walleye fillets in the batter and deep-fry in oil heated to 375°F (190°C) until golden brown and crispy. Serve with a side of fries and tartar sauce.
5. Walleye Chowder:
In a large pot, sauté diced onions and celery in butter until softened. Add diced potatoes, canned corn, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Add diced walleye fillets and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Stir in heavy cream and season with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. Serve hot with warm bread.
6. Walleye Tacos:
Cut the walleye fillets into bite-sized pieces and season with taco seasoning. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the fish. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Serve in warmed tortillas with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream.
Do you have a favorite Walleye recipe? Share it in the comments! For some Spring Walleye Tips, check out this episode of Larry Smith Outdoors on CarbonTV.