10 of the Greatest Walleye Recipes

Try these 10 great recipes for walleye, a palatable freshwater fish that can be cooked into one heck of a tasty dish

10 of the Greatest Walleye Recipes
10 of the Greatest Walleye Recipes
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You know you’re an angler when the second Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it not only means six more weeks of winter, but it also means walleye spawning season is upon us! In preparation for the inevitably large amounts of walleye expected to be caught this spring, a collection of our favorite walleye recipes was in order. Look no further because we’ve got the best of the best walleye recipes and cooking tips to make you say “walleye’d be damned!”

Walleye over Tomato-Olive Angel Hair Pasta

walleye over tomato olive angel hair pasta
Walleye served over angel hair pasta with cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olives. (Jenny Nguyen photo)

This walleye pasta recipe is easy to make and a great way to use up leftover tomatoes.

Ingredients:


  • 2-4 walleye fillets, skinless and boneless
  • 2 servings dry angel hair pasta
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • 4 anchovies, packed in oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10.5 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Halved, pitted Kalamata olives, to taste
  • Juice of a quarter of a lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Get the Recipe: Walleye over Tomato-Olive Angel Hair Pasta Recipe



Almond-Crusted Walleye with Pears & Blue Cheese Recipe

almond crusted walleye with pears blue cheese recipe
Substitute the blue cheese with your favorite cheese if you wish.

Almonds, walleye, pears, and blue cheese is a classic combination, but nothing’s sacred here – fillets from any white fish will do.

Ingredients:

  • 2 walleye fillets, ½ pound each
  • Flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced scallion
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled and cut into slices
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese

Get the Recipe: Almond-Crusted Walleye with Pears & Blue Cheese Recipe



Baked Margarita Walleye Recipe

baked margarita walleye recipe
Serve this Baked Margarita Walleye Recipe with lime wedges and a side of rice. (Jenny Nguyen photo)

If you're looking for a tasty, yet quick and easy meal, this Baked Margarita Walleye Recipe is the way to go.

Ingredients:


  • 2 boneless walleye fillets
  • Chili powder, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 pats butter
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon tequila

Get the Recipe: Baked Margarita Walleye Recipe


Pistachio-Crusted Walleye Recipe

pistachio crusted walleye recipe
Adding a pistachio crust to this walleye recipe gives it that rich and nutty flavor.

Even after cooking thousands of fillets at our restaurant during the summer, this is a recipe I look forward to doing at home when I get a chance; it’s that distinctive.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless fillets
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons oil
Get the Recipe: Pistachio-Crusted Walleye Recipe

Recipe: How to Grill Walleye Fillets in Foil Packets

foil packet grilled walleye recipe
Grill your walleye catch in foil packets with vegetables for a tasty meal with minimum cleanup. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Walleye wrapped in foil and grilled over an open flame make an easy, delicious shore lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 walleye fillets
  • Shallots, minced
  • ½ cup of frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon of store-bought harissa sauce
  • Sliced zucchini
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Olive oil
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Lemon wedges

Get the Recipe: Recipe: How to Grill Walleye Fillets in Foil Packets


Walleye Baked With Sweet Peppers & Onions Recipe

walleye baked with sweet peppers and onions
This walleye recipe can be substituted with bass, pike and large panfish. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kavanaugh)

This walleye recipe is a colorful and delicious way to serve your most recent catch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crumbled dry oregano
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 4 (6-8 ounce) walleye fillets
  • 1 cup dry vermouth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce

Get the Recipe: Walleye Baked With Sweet Peppers & Onions Recipe


Walleye with Creamy Parsley Sauce Recipe

walleye creamy parsley sauce recipe
This walleye recipe is delicious served with roasted potatoes and farm-fresh carrots. (Jenny Nguyen photo)

Tasty walleye fillets drizzled with a creamy, fresh parsley sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 6 walleye fillets, boneless and skinless
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped, fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed
  • Juice of half a lemon, or more
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Get the Recipe: Walleye with Creamy Parsley Sauce Recipe


Fried Walleye Taco Recipe

walleye creamy parsley sauce recipe
This walleye recipe is delicious served with roasted potatoes and farm-fresh carrots. (Jenny Nguyen photo)

These fried walleye tacos are delicious when topped with red onion or fruity flavors like grapefruit and orange.

Ingredients:

  • 4 walleye fillets
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped, fresh dill
  • Juice of a lime
  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 flour or corn tortillas
  • Optional toppings: chopped red onion, grapefruit, orange segments

Get the Recipe: Fried Walleye Taco Recipe


Ultimate Walleye, Rice and Mushroom Bake Recipe

ultimate walleye rice mushroom bake recipe
This walleye recipe is served best with a side of fresh bread and a salad.

This walleye, rice and mushroom recipe is unique in that the rice is poured on top of the fillets prior to baking so the flavors can blend together in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds walleye fillets
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped celery
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • ? teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 cups cooked rice, wild/long grain or white
  • 2 tablespoons homemade unsalted butter, melted

Get the Recipe: Ultimate Walleye, Rice and Mushroom Bake Recipe


Asian-Style Walleye en Papillote Recipe

asian style walleye en papillote recipe
After opening up the papillote, the aromas of any vegetables and herbs added is a wonderful surprise.

This simple, yet sophisticated recipe can be a quick, healthy meal on weeknights or a fun, impressive dish to serve at dinner parties.

Ingredients:

  • 4 (4-ounce) walleye fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 ½ cups of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces fresh snow peas
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cooked jasmine white rice

Scallion-Ginger Soy Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Asian sesame seed oil (dark)
  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts finely julienned
  • 2-inch by ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely julienned
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Thai (bird’s eye) chili, minced

Get the Recipe: Asian-Style Walleye en Papillote Recipe


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