Fried walleye is a MUST TRY Minnesota classic! All summer you’ll find a friday fish fries held throughout the state and walleye is the headliner. Whether you enjoy it on a sandwich slathered in tartar sauce or grilled fresh, it’s an amazing meal. Splashed with butter and lemon, it is so delicious.
Original recipe posted: April 2012 | Recipe updated: October 2019
It is not quite fishing season here in the land of 10,000 lakes, but it is on the horizon! One of the tastiest and most common types of fish to eat in Minnesota is walleye, our state fish. Like any fish, it can be prepared in a number of ways, but fried walleye is a must-eat for anybody visiting the state or wanting a little taste of Minnesota.
How To Make Fried Walleye
You can fry fish at home and take advantage of this yummy fish being in your pan!
In one small bowl, place 1 sleeve of finely crushed Ritz crackers.
In another small bowl, beat 2 eggs with a fork.
In a large skillet, heat 2 cups (give or take) of canola oil over medium-high heat. You will want at least a half inch of oil in the bottom of the skillet.
COOKING TIP: You will want the oil to be very hot. Hot and quick is the key to getting a good result with this fish.
Cut four fresh or defrosted 8-ounce walleye fillets into 2×2-inch squares. Roll the pieces of fish in the beaten egg mixture and then the cracker crumbs, completely coating them.
In batches, quickly place the coated fish pieces into the skillet with the hot oil. This goes really quick, and you will want to make sure not to burn the fish. Let the fish cook in the oil for approximately 15-20 seconds, or until the under side is crispy but not black. Using a slotted metal spoon, flip the fish pieces over and cook for another 15 seconds.
Remove the walleye chunks from the oil and place them onto paper towels. Pat well with more paper towels to eliminate excess grease.
Cut up some lemon wedges and squirt a little bit of fresh lemon juice over the fish and serve! Your fish fillet should flake easily and be delicious!
- Bread crumbs work as well as crushed crackers.
- If you don’t keep tartar sauce on hand, then go homemade!
Quick Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 cup mayo or miracle whip
- 1/8 cup dill pickle relish or chopped dill pickles
- If you want to get fancy, sprinkle in 1/2 tsp dill weed – it really makes a perfect finishing touch!
What is Walleye
Great question! If you’re not from the Northern parts of the US, the Midwest or Canada, you probably have access to fresh seafood so you don’t know what the fuss is about walleye. It is a white fish that is very mild in flavor.
But it’s so good and elusive when you’re out on the boat in a fresh-water lake. If you don’t have walleye on hand, any mild, white fish will do in this recipe.
What To Serve With Walleye
Check out this super delicious roundup of recipes: what to serve with fish! There will certainly be a few options on the list that will be perfect for today’s meal.
Homemade Fried Walleye
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers finely crushed
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 2 cups canola oil
- 32 oz walleye fillets 3 fillets – cut into 2×2 inch squares
- fresh lemon juice
- Place the Ritz cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl or dish, and put the beaten egg in a separate small bowl.
- In a large skillet, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. While the oil is heating, coat each piece of fish with the beaten egg. Roll the egg-coated fish chunks in the cracker crumbs, completely coating them.
- In batches, place the coated pieces of walleye into the hot oil. Let cook for 15 seconds, or until the bottom side of the fish is crispy but not black. Using a metal slotted spoon, flip the fish chunks over and cook for an additional 15 seconds, or until crispy. Remove fish from the oil and place on paper towels. Repeat with remaining fish. Squirt fresh lemon juice over the fish and serve warm.
Bread crumbs work as well as crushed crackers.
If you don’t keep tartar sauce on hand, then go homemade! QUICK HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE RECIPE Mix together: 1/2 cup mayo or miracle whip
1/8 cup dill pickle relish or chopped dill pickles
If you want to get fancy, sprinkle in 1/2 tsp dill weed – it really makes a perfect finishing touch!