How to Cook Walleye

Three Methods:Frying Breaded WalleyeGrilling Marinated WalleyeBaking Stuffed Walleye

Walleye fish are abundant in Canada and the Northern areas of the United States. The fish has a light, flaky texture when it is cooked. If you want to cook up some Walleye, then there are many different options. A few popular options include breading and frying, marinating and grilling, or stuffing and baking.


Fried Breaded Walleye

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 4 fillets of Walleye

Grilled Marinated Walleye

  • ½ cup of lemon or lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs of your choice, such as dill, thyme, basil, or oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • 4 fillets of Walleye

Baked Stuffed Walleye

  • Stuffing ingredients of your choice, such as chopped vegetables, bread stuffing, wild rice, imitation crab, or bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 4 walleye fillets

Method 1
Frying Breaded Walleye

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    Beat the eggs. Place the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork until you have a yellow liquid. You can also use a hand mixer if you prefer.
    • For beer battered Walleye, try replacing one of the eggs with ¼ cup of beer.[1]
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    Prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour onto a plate, and add a few shakes of salt and pepper. Then stir the salt and pepper into the flour on the plate. You can also add other seasonings if desired, such as a teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning or some dried herbs of your choice.[2]
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    Place breadcrumbs onto a second plate. Put your breadcrumbs onto a second plate and place this plate next to the bowl with the eggs in it. Then place the plate with the breadcrumbs on the other side of the egg bowl. You should now have an assembly line set up with flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs.
    • Try adding 1/3 of a cup of grated parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs for some cheesy flavored Walleye fillets.[3]
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    Coat a fish fillet in flour. Dip the Walleye fillets into the flour first. Make sure that the whole fillet is coated in flour. Then, shake the excess flour off of the fillet and back onto the flour plate.
    • Use a fork, gloves, or tongs to avoid getting the flour on your fingers.
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    Dip the floured fillet into the egg. Next, take the floured fillet and dip it into the bowl that has the eggs in it. Make sure that you flip the fillet over so that both sides are covered in egg. Allow the excess egg to drip back into the bowl.
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    Place the fillet onto the breadcrumbs. Turn the fillet to ensure that it is completely covered in breadcrumbs. Place the fillet on a clean plate. Then, coat the rest of the fillets in the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs.
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    Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Ensure that there is enough oil to cover the base of the pan. You can use olive oil, canola oil, butter, or just a non-stick cooking spray to coat the pan.
    • To ensure your oil is hot enough for frying, either drop a square piece of white bread into the oil and it should crisp up, or dip the handle end of a wooden spoon into the oil, and if it is hot enough, there will be bubbles around the base of the spoon.
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    Place the crumbed fish into the frying pan. Cook the fillet until the bottom side is brown and then turn the fillet over and cook the other side as well. If you only have a small frying pan and need to cook the fillets separately, you can place cooked fillets into the oven on low heat to keep them warm.
    • If you prefer a lighter taste or just don’t want to pan fry your Walleye, then you can also bake the fillets at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.[4]
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    Serve and enjoy! After you have finished cooking all of the Walleye fillets, they are ready to serve. Walleye goes well with lots of different side dishes, such as vegetables, potatoes, and rice. You can also serve the fillets with some tartar sauce or aioli on the side.

Method 2
Grilling Marinated Walleye

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    Mix together all ingredients except for the Walleye. To make the marinade, you will need to mix together all of the dry and liquid ingredients in a bowl. Add your lemon or lime juice, salt, sugar, herbs, and spices to the bowl and stir until they are well combined.[5]
    • You can choose the herbs and spices you want to use in this recipe. You can also try substituting vinegar or wine for the lemon or lime juice.
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    Marinate the fillets. Marinating the fillets before you grill them will ensure that they are well seasoned. To marinate the Walleye fillets, place the fillets in a casserole dish or plastic bag. Then, pour the marinade over the fillets and ensure that they are all well covered in the marinade.[6]
    • Let the Walleye fillets marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to allow the marinade to soak into the fish.
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    Grill the Walleye. When you are ready to cook the fillets, turn on your grill to medium-high heat. Then, wrap each of the fillets in some heavy duty tin foil. Place the fillets on the heated grill and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.[7]
    • After 15 to 20 minutes, check one of the fillets to see if the fish is cooked. Walleye has a light, flaky texture when it is fully cooked.

Method 3
Baking Stuffed Walleye

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    Set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.[8] To ensure that your oven is hot and ready to bake the Walleye fillets, turn it on and set it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit before you start preparing the fillets.
    • Most ovens have an indicator light or a sound that will let you know when it is heated to 425 degrees.
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    Create your stuffing. Stuffed Walleye is great because you can customize the recipe to your tastes and to what you have available in your kitchen. You can stuff your Walleye fillets with a mixture of vegetables and other ingredients. Select your stuffing ingredients and prepare them. Some stuffing options to choose from include:
    • Flaked crab meat and chopped bacon slices mixed with bread stuffing.[9]
    • Wild rice, mushrooms, onions, and herbs.
    • An assortment of seasonal vegetables, such as chopped zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach.[10]
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    Cut your Walleye in half and then stuff it. To stuff a Walleye fillet, you will need to slice it in half width-wise first. Place a scoop of stuffing onto one of these pieces. Then, take the other half of one of the fillets and cut that piece down the center to create a hole in the middle.
    • Place this piece over the stuffing so that it wraps around the edges and leaves the stuffing exposed at the top of the mound.
    • Drizzle a little melted butter or olive oil over the top of the fillets and sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired.
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    Bake your Walleye for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the stuffed Walleye fillets in a greased casserole dish.[11] Use some oil, butter, or nonstick cooking spray to grease the pan.
    • You can also use parchment paper to help prevent the Walleye from sticking to the pan
    • You may have to cook the stuffed Walleye for more or less time depending on how thick it is.[12]
    • Remove the Walleye from the oven when time is up. Make sure that you check to see if it is done before you eat it. Walleye is white and flaky when it is done.


  • This recipe works for any type of white, firm fish fillets.


  • Please be careful frying the fish as the oil will be very hot.
  • Be careful of any bones that may remain in the fish fillet.

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