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Top 10 Most-Viewed Recipes for 2020

ISO of a great wild game or fish recipe? This countdown lists our top ten most-viewed recipes from 2020. Take a look and find a dish that is surely worth trying!

Top 10 Most-Viewed Recipes for 2020

Can you guess which of our recipes came out on top? Our number one most-viewed recipe in 2020 might surprise you. (Shutterstock photo)

Wondering what online recipes our audience was most intrigued by last year, we decided to take a deep dive into our website analytics to determine our Top 10. Want to see which of our recipe pages were visited the most? From comforting pasta dishes to creamy chowders to DIY brats and sausages, here are our ten most-viewed recipes from 2020, starting with number 10.

10. Bacon-Wrapped Duck Breast Poppers

If you like bacon and the taste of fresh duck breasts hot off the grill, our number 10 recipe is for you. These bacon-wrapped duck poppers are perfect for tailgating and backyard get-togethers, and they only take 15 minutes to cook. Simply marinate slices of duck breast overnight and then pop them on the grill for a quick and tasty appetizer.

Bacon-Wrapped Duck Breast Poppers
Bacon-wrapped duck poppers cooking on a hot grill. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Burkhead)


  • 1 to 2 pounds of duck breasts, sliced ½-inch thick, across the grain
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Lowry's seasoning salt
  • 6 to 12 tablespoons (in other words, a lot!) Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • Bacon slices (one for each slice of duck breast)

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9. Best Venison Lasagna Recipe

Our ninth most-viewed recipe is a large pasta dish that makes it easy to feed a hungry crowd. This venison lasagna recipe is the best, feeds up to 12 people, and is ready to serve in an hour. Don't need such a large serving of lasagna? Half the recipe or make the full recipe and enjoy leftovers the next day. You can eat the leftover venison lasagna reheated as-is or fry it. If you have never had fried lasagna, you should make this recipe just for the leftovers so you can try it.

Venison Lasagna
Adjust the amount of meat and cheese in this venison lasagna recipe according to your preference. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)


  • 1 pound of ground venison
  • 1 (1-pound) box lasagna pasta
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 2 (24-ounce) jars marinara sauce
  • 15 ounces whole ricotta
  • 2 pounds shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley

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8. Walleye Chowder Recipe

Walleye Chowder
Feast on this walleye chowder after a hard day of winter fishing. (Photo courtesy of Chef Michael J. Smith)

Number eight on our Top 10 list is a dish you'll want to get cozy on the couch in front of the fireplace with on a chilly evening – it's walleye chowder. Being stuck at home is no problem when you have a hot bowl of this chowder to enjoy.


  • 1 cup diced red potatoes with skin on
  • 1 ¼ quarts fish stock (bouillon cubes and hot water may be substituted)
  • 2 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2-3 ribs celery, diced
  • 3 ounces butter
  • 4 ounces flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 cup clams in juice, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup cocktail shrimp (optional)
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 pound walleye fillets, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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7. Beer-Battered Northern Pike

Beer-Battered Northern Pike
One of the favorite cooking methods of the In-Fisherman staff involves deep-frying fillets in beer-batter. (Steve Quinn photo)

A dish of buttery, beer-battered northern pike fillets comes in at number seven. We are not surprised to find a deep-fried fish recipe in the Top 10. Who doesn’t love sinking their teeth into fish fillets deep fried in a beer batter? The batter in the recipe adds a light, crispy coating to fresh, moist northern pike fillets – it is so delicious! This 30-minute fish recipe will certainly leave your taste buds satisfied.


  • 1 ½ pounds firm northern pike fillets
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of cayenne pepper


  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons beer
  • 6 cups oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil (optional)

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6. Slow Cooker Venison Queso Dip

Slow Cooker Venison Queso Dip
This venison queso dip recipe is great served with tortilla chips. You can also use it to top off loaded nachos or spice up homemade macaroni and cheese. (Jessyca Sortillon photo)

Nothing is cheddar than our sixth most-viewed recipe! Made with taco-seasoned ground venison and real cheese, this homemade queso dip is incredibly cheesy and a must-have at any get-together. Grab some tortilla chips and enjoy this venison queso dip recipe right out of the slow cooker for warm, cheesy goodness in every bite.


  • 1 pound ground venison (or ground venison chorizo)
  • 5 tablespoons Hi Mountain Taco Seasoning
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 large jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (or 6 tablespoons flour)
  • Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce), to taste

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5. Smoked Venison Tenderloin

Smoked Venison Tenderloin
Tender, flavorful and juicy venison tenderloin. (Allie Doran photo)

What makes the number five recipe on our list oh-so-good? Is it the fresh, citrus marinade? The smoked, juicy venison tenderloin? Or the finisher: extra cracked black pepper on top of tender slices of venison? Every part of this Smoked Venison Tenderloin Recipe sounds heavenly to us!


  • 1 pound venison tenderloin or backstrap
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for serving

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4. Grilled Walleye Recipe

Grilled Walleye
Serve this walleye recipe with a side of grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes. (Photo courtesy of

For an easy shore lunch or supper, make our number four recipe for Grilled Walleye. It's a simple, go-to way to cook walleye. The recipe includes two other methods for cooking walleye as well – in a foil packet (which is perfect for camping) and on a stovetop. Try all three methods to decide which way is your favorite.


  • 2 walleye fillets, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Fresh lemon, cut into wedges (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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3. Venison Jalapeño-Cheddar Summer Sausage

Venison Jalapeño-Cheddar Summer Sausage
Store-bought summer sausage ain't got nothing on this venison jalapeño-cheddar cheese version. (Jeff Phillips photo)

Recipe number three on our list yields three venison summer sausage logs. If you enjoy a flavorful summer sausage with a bit of heat, you’ll love this Venison Jalapeño-Cheddar Summer Sausage Recipe. For a quick and easy party platter, slice up the sausage and serve with pieces of cheese and mildly flavored crackers.


  • 3 pounds venison, ground
  • 3 tablespoons tender quick
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (or to taste), seeded and minced
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

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2. Venison Bratwurst Recipe from Scratch

Venison Bratwurst
Take these venison brats straight to the grill, fry them up with sliced potatoes, or serve them over buttered noodles for a satisfying meal. (Jeff Phillips photo)

Just thinking about our second most-viewed recipe will make your mouth water. These homemade venison brats are juicy and taste amazing with sauerkraut. You can also serve them with buttered noodles or on top of mashed potatoes.


  • Casings
  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 2 pounds ground pork butt (fatty meat for flavor)
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
  • 2/3 cup dark beer

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So, which of our recipes was the most sought after in 2020 and claimed the number one spot?

(Drum roll, please)




1. Pickled Fish Recipe

Pickled Fish Recipe
With this recipe, you'll have tasty pickled fish ready in seven days. ( photo)

The most-viewed recipe on our websites in 2020 was for pickled fish! Many fish-pickling recipes are online today, but this rendition stretches back at least four generations, standing the test of time. We recommend pickling pike or redhorse suckers; however, most fish work well with this recipe.

  • 1 ½ pounds filleted fish
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 quart water
  • 2-3 cups white vinegar, divided
  • 1-2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ piece of sliced lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices

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There you have it – the top ten recipes from our brands that reigned supreme in 2020.


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