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Wonderful ways to enjoy walleye

Here are a few tasty walleye recipes to sample.

Fried fish fillet and potatoes in a frying pan
After a day of fishing, pan fried walleye is one way to enjoy the catch of the day. Serve with potatoes and a garden fresh salad.
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PARK RAPIDS — The walleye became Minnesota’s official state fish in 1965.

Walleyes are most at home in the large, clear, cool lakes of Minnesota's northern forests. Their eyes are sensitive to light, so they go to deep, dark waters during the day and move to shallow areas at night.

Minnesota's record walleye weighed 17 pounds, 8 ounces.

Here are a few tasty walleye recipes to sample.


Hot Walleye Dip


3/4 lb. walleye or similar fish

1 small onion diced

2 Tbsp. butter

4 ounces softened cream cheese

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. paprika

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1 cup mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. hot sauce

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and add the chopped onion and walleye filet.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until the filet is done.Use a spatula to flake the fish and stir the onion and butter together. Set aside.


In a large bowl mix the cream cheese with the mayo and cheddar cheese. Add the hot sauce, chives, parsley, lemon juice, and paprika. Stir well.

Press the cream cheese mixture into a pie pan or baking dish. Press the walleye flakes on to the top of the cream cheese, being sure to add the cooked onions. Top with the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Crispy Baked Walleye


2 eggs

1 Tbsp. water

1/3 cup dry bread crumbs

1/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. seasoned salt

4 (4-oz.) walleye filets

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking sheet. Beat the eggs and water together in a bowl until smooth and set aside.

Combine the bread crumbs, potato flakes and Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl with the seasoned salt until evenly mixed. Dip the walleye filets into the beaten egg, then press into the bread crumb mixture. Place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until the fish is opaque in the center and flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.

Pan-Fried Walleye


6 walleye filets

2 eggs

3/4 cups flour

1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

4 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil for frying

Lightly beat eggs in a dish In another dish combine flour, bread crumbs and seasoning. Dip fish in egg and then in flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour. Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a pan and heat the pan over medium heat.

When the pan is hot, add 3 to 4 filets to the pan. Don't overcrowd the pan. Add just enough filets so there is a bit of space between each filet. Cook 3 minutes per side so each side is nicely browned. Remove fish from the pan and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack. Place cooked fish in a 250-degree oven while you cook remaining fish. Wipe out the pan and add additional oil. Repeat the process with the remaining fish.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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