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Easy Fried Walleye Recipe

Fried walleye is a must-try Minnesota classic food! Friday fish fries are held throughout the state all summer long and walleye is the headliner. Whether you enjoy it on a sandwich slathered in tartar sauce or eaten solo, it's a delicious meal. Served with butter and lemon, it is so delicious.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers finely crushed
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 32 oz walleye fillets 3 fillets - cut into 2x2 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.


  • You will want the oil to be very hot. Hot and quick is the key to getting a good result with this fish.
  • Bread crumbs work as well as crushed crackers.
  • If you don't keep tartar sauce on hand, then go homemade! It's super easy.
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!


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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