28 Best Pan-tastic Pan-Fried Walleye Recipes to Try Out

Did you go fishing and catch yourself a walleye? Well, here are 28 pan-fried walleye recipes for you to try out. We hope you got a lot because these mouth-watering recipes might give you a hard time deciding what to serve on the table!

Get your frying pans, and let us fry that walleye out!

28 Pan-Fried Walleye Recipes

Fishing could be fun, but it might just be more enjoyable when you are fishing for walleyes.

This fish is one of the crowd favorites. It even got named the king of fishes! With its many good qualities, it is no wonder why it is part of many delicious dishes. And today, we will get to know some of those mouth-watering meals.

Without further delay, let us get to know these walleye recipes!

1. Beyond the Chicken Coop

Beyond the Chicken Coop

If you are looking for something that will delight your tastebuds but will not have you running around every corner of the kitchen, then this recipe might be for you. It’s great if you want that crispiness and goldenness known with pan-fried walleyes.

We hope you have some lemons! Just a dash of it will bring such an impact to the dish.


2. Walleye Bass Outdoors & Cooking

If we’re going to talk about walleyes, I think we should include a recipe from where it reigns king. Do you not agree?

This recipe is easy but fun to try out. Now, what we think is fun with this recipe is how it mixes things up – literally, at that!


3. Pillsbury


Here is another simple way to make pan-fried walleyes. It might be simple but look at it. It looks tasty, right?

What we like about this recipe is its inclusion of almonds. It might be a subtle addition to the overall taste of the dish. However, we think it complements the taste of the walleye quite well.


4. Chef Jimmy Dean

Okay, pan-fried walleye, but from a restaurant? Well, you don’t have to go to a restaurant for one now! In this one, chef Jimmy Dean shows us his way of making the dish. You can now have pan-fried walleyes from the comfort of your own home!

He also inserts some useful cooking lessons, so you might want to listen carefully!


5. Home Cooks Classroom

Home Cooks Classroom

Here, we have Home Cooks Classroom’s way of doing it.

If you want to make your pan-fried walleye how people from the Midwest do it, you might want to try this one out. They claim they know the secret ingredient of those from the Midwest! Did that get you curious? Check this recipe out now!


6. Crème de la Crème

Here is another recipe similar to the classic but introduces a little twist. What we find interesting with this recipe are the mashed potato flakes. Later on, you will see potatoes paired with this dish. However, not like this! So, if you like some extra crunch, you might want to try this one out.


7. Food Network

Two Walleye Fillet With French Fry Meal

This recipe is simple and easy to follow. If you want the taste of the walleye to be emphasized, then this might be the way to go. The seasoning is quite simple and doesn’t have as many spices as the others, which we think would accentuate the taste of the walleye.


8. David Canterbury

Do you feel like making a mouth-watering meal as soon as you catch your walleye? Well, you might be able to do that. In this tutorial and recipe, David Canterbury shows us how to make pan-fried walleyes in the great outdoors! He might have not used a fish he just caught, but with some improvision, you can use this recipe with a walleye you’ve just reeled in.


9. Cooking Frog

Cooking Frog

Okay, so you might not want to make your pan-fried walleye in the great outdoors. You might like this homemade recipe instead, then.

What’s great with this recipe might be how it also shows you how to make tartar sauce with your pan-friend walleye.

With this recipe, you could enjoy movie night with a delicious meal!


10. Dora Morrow

Has none of the above tickled your fancy yet? Do you want some pan-fried walleye, but with some twist? Well, you might like this garlic butter walleye recipe, then.

What’s interesting about this recipe is that it tells you how to make a dish from the whole fish! Most of the recipes here would use fillets, but not this one!


11. Old Fat Guy

Old Fat Guy

Here we have another recipe similar to the classic, but with some extra touches here and there.

If you would like your walleye to have an Italian taste, then this recipe might be the way to go. As you would see in the recipe, this could go great with some rice and salad.


12. MonStar Sports & Entertainment

Now, if you like your walleye with some sauce, then you might want to try this recipe out. It’s a good one to try, especially if you don’t plan on serving your walleye with any sides or garnishing. However, you can still present this dish with some sides or garnishing if you wish to do so.


13. Discovery Cooking

Discovery Cooking

Speaking of sides, if you want to serve your walleye with some sides, then you might want to check this recipe out. Not only does it show you how to prepare and cook the walleye, but it also takes you through the process of making the sides. I don’t know about you, but those potatoes look delicious!


14. Roy Berrum

Fish and chips, anyone? If you’d like some fish and chips, you might like this recipe. Again, it’s similar to the classic, but what we like about this recipe is how he bathed the fish in buttermilk. If you want your fish to have a somewhat sweet taste, this drink might be able to help you.


15. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Now, if you’re looking for a recipe to impress some guests coming over, you might want to give this recipe a try. We think your catch might catch the hearts of your guests with this one.

While this dish might look a little intimidating to make, you don’t have to worry. It’s easy!


16. Brian Forsythe

May we interest you in making some crabcakes with your pan-fried walleye? Yes? Well, this recipe might be the one for you.

As you might notice, the fish is lightly seasoned in this recipe. Again, if you’re looking for a recipe that accentuates the taste of the fish, then you might want to give this one a shot.


17. The Rustic Foodie

The Rustic Foodie

So far, all the recipes we’ve shown you are to be served as is or with some sides. Now, if you are in the mood for a sandwich, well, we also have a recipe for that! This walleye recipe is good for sharing, so make sure you make a couple for the whole gang!


18. Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge

Are you looking for something that will really tickle your tastebuds? Maybe, a recipe that will pack on a punch and turn up the heat? Well, you might like this Cajun pan-fried walleye! If you plan on sharing this dish with your friends, then you might want to make sure you don’t put too much Cajun in there! Not everyone likes spicy food, after all.


19. Fox 11 News

Fox 11 News

Are you looking for another interesting recipe? Don’t worry! We got you. You might like this pan-fried walleye with buerre blanc sauce. It’s great if you’re looking for something with some sauce. It’s also great if you’re looking for something to share with friends and family over an elegant dinner.


20. Scale and Tailor

Did you like the Cajun pan-friend walleye recipe we mentioned earlier? Well, you might like this one too, especially if you plan on sharing the dish with friends or family. Instead of directly putting the Cajun on the fish, this recipe offers a Cajun sauce instead to satisfy your tastebuds!


21. Lunds and Byerlys

On the other hand, these complicated recipes might not be up your aisle. You might be leaning more on the simple pan-fried walleye recipes. Well, you don’t have to worry. You might want to check this one out. It is probably one of the most simple recipes on this list!


22. Yummy Done Right

One of the interesting things about this recipe is how it used beer! Other recipes don’t say much about marinating, but this one marinated the fish in some beer and milk. Now, if that has got you curious, you might want to give this recipe a chance.

Yummy Done Right also showed us a neat trick. You might want to check that out.


23. Big Oven

Big Oven Pan-Fried Walleye Recipes

This recipe is one of the simpler ones. Again, if you are looking for a recipe that will truly accentuate the taste of the fish, then you might want to opt for the more simple recipes. They might be simple, but we think the tastes of these simple dishes are still on par with the more complicated ones!


24. Jeizel’s Kitchen

Here is another simple recipe with a slight twist. So far, all the recipes we have listed used lemons. However, this one made use of limes. Now, if you like the sourness of the lemon but you are not that big of a fan of the sweetness, you might favor the slight bitterness of the lime. In that case, you might want to try this recipe out!


25. SparkRecipes

Here is another recipe to consider if you are leaning on the simpler ones. After all, walleye is great whether fried, partnered with some sides, or even in grand dishes. Whichever way you decide to take it, we think the walleye would make it worth it.

Again, as with other simple recipes, this one is great if you want the taste of the walleye accentuated.


26. Salty Fig

This one is another simple recipe. However, if you are looking for some sides, you might want to check this out. They did make some mighty fine sides suggestions, after all. You might want to serve your walleye with one, two, or all of the sides shown in the recipe.


27. The Louisville Chef

The Louisville Chef

Want something fancy? This one might be for you. Not to be a spoiler, but the ingredients include white wine! If that is up your aisle, you might want to give this recipe a shot. Not to be a spoiler again, but the white wine is only the tip. This recipe has lots more to offer!


28. Mason Outdoors

Now, most of the recipes we showed you made use of fillets. If you went for one of those recipes, you might be wondering if there is anything you can do with the other parts. Well, yes, there is! Check this recipe out to see how you can utilize another portion of your fish. Do not let them go to waste!

Before You Go

Here are some things you might want to consider before you leave.

Can Walleye Only Be Fried?

No! You might have found one or two recipes you want to try out in this list, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. If you will. There are many different ways to cook walleye, don’t be afraid to try out the other methods.

Can I Use Other Seasonings?

Walleye is very flexible. If you checked out every recipe, you might have noticed that different people like making their own seasoning. Are you feeling adventurous? You can try to make your own seasoning too!


Are you still thinking about what to make with your catch? Well, we hope not! We hope these 28 pan-fried walleye recipes even convinced you to get more walleyes!

Are you on the lookout for more mouth-watering meals and maybe even delicious desserts? On the other hand, are you looking for some great tips and tricks in the kitchen? Well, we might also have the thing for you, and you might want to check out our past discussions.

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