Walleye fish live in freshwater and are native to most of Canada and the northern part of the United States. A perciform fish, it is mostly olive and gold in color, growing to be up to 31 inches in length and roughly 20 pounds in weight. As food, it is famous for being easy to cook and delicious at the same time.
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Popular Walleye Recipes
Like most fish, walleye can be quickly baked and served, as it is not too pretentious nor is it hard to prepare. To begin with, you will need four fillets, which should yield enough servings for a family dinner.
Melt 6-8 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan and pour the liquid into a bowl. Add some lemon juice to this and dip the fish in the wash. Season as you wish, either before dropping it in the butter or before placing it in the baking pan.
Lay the fillets in a shallow baking pan and place some mushrooms and finely chopped onion over them, pouring the remaining butter mixture on top. Insert in the preheated oven (at about 350 degrees) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish flakes. Serve with garnishing according to your personal preference.
Crispy Baked Walleye
If you want to have a tasty, crispy meal but do not want to choose the unhealthy way of frying the flesh, you can opt for this breaded walleye recipe which combines the healthy baked fish with the delicious taste of a crunchy crust.
Start by beating two eggs and one tablespoon water together in a bowl until the mixture turns consistent. In another one, add one-third of a cup dry bread crumbs, the same quantity of potato flakes and some parmesan cheese and mix until you obtain an even compound. Add some salt and pepper in the last bowl.
Dip the walleye fillets in the beaten egg wash, then dredge through the breadcrumb mixture and place onto an already prepared and greased baking sheet. Insert the tray with the fish inside a preheated oven and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes; if you think the fish is not ready yet, check to see if it flakes.
Once it does that efficiently, remove it from the oven and serve it.
This recipe demands a longer preparation time, and the list of ingredients is considerably longer than in other situations, but it is effortless to cook and yields a delicious, healthy meal for two individuals.
The only tricky thing about this method of cooking the fish is respecting and adjusting the amount of each ingredient which goes into the marinade.
You will need four tablespoons lemon juice, a quarter teaspoon salt and another one with sugar, half teaspoon garlic powder, another half of onion powder and a sufficient amount of fresh black pepper.
One tablespoon fresh thyme, a half teaspoon cayenne pepper and a half tablespoon fresh oregano will give flavor and an exquisite taste to your marinade. Prepare it by mixing all of these ingredients in a plastic zipper bag. Drop the two fish fillets inside the bag and allow a marinating time of at least 3 hours.
There are more options to cook it. You can choose between grilling, broiling or pan-frying the marinated walleye fillets. It should take less than 20 minutes, but you still have to check and make sure it is done before serving.
One of the more sophisticated ways of preparing walleye, this recipe is fast and straightforward but requires attention to detail to come out as best as possible.
Melt a quarter cup butter in a small pan. Mix it with garlic and some lemon juice, to obtain a sort of cooking base. Add some Romano cheese over the fish fillets and cover it with about 1 cup of breadcrumbs. Drizzle the garlic-lemon-butter mixture over the walleye fillets.
Spray a baking pan with cooking spray which prevents sticking. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and, after carefully laying the fish in the pan, get it in the oven. Bake for at least 10 minutes, until the flesh starts flaking easily. Garnish a warm plate with green onion; transfer the fillets onto it once done and serve the meal.
Frying the fish is one of the fastest and easiest ways of preparing a walleye meal. You will need four fillets; slice them into smaller pieces if you consider this is necessary. Beat two eggs in a bowl and set it aside. In another one, combine some flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and in a third one pour 2 cups crushed cracker crumbs. You can also use bread crumbs for this purpose.
Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Dip the walleye fillets into the flour mixture, and then allow them to rest for a few seconds in the bowl with the beaten eggs.
Once you are sure that the oil is hot enough, carefully lower two fillets into the heated frying pan. Wait until they turn brown on the downfacing side, and then flip them over and fry until you notice the same color starts to show up on the bottom.
Transfer the hot fillets to a plate with paper towels, draining the excess oil away. Repeat the procedure with the remaining fillets, and serve with fresh lemon wedges.