The Best Walleye Recipe

At FishVault, we love eating fish just as much as we love catching them. One of our favorite fish to cook with is Walleye. When it comes to walleye recipes the delicious white meat makes for a fantastic base in a variety of dishes. Whether you are looking for easy walleye recipes that require little more than simple breading, gourmet walleye recipes, or options like fish tacos where you can fry or bake the fish, walleye is a hearty meat that can be used all in many meal preparations. Listed below are 2 of our favorite Walleye recipes:

Pan Fried Walleye

Traditional walleye recipes do not come any easier than basic pan-fried walleye. The flavor of the meat is delicious, so a light breading for a crispy finish makes it is easy to have alone or with sides like corn on the cob, seasonal vegetables or topped on a salad.


  • 6 walleye filets
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cups flour
  • 1 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons of oil


Lightly the beat eggs in a dish. In a separate dish combine the flour, breadcrumbs, and seasonings (salt, onion powder and paprika).

Dip fresh walleye filets in the egg and then in flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour.

Add oil to the frying pan and heat over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add 3-4 filets into the oil. Cook 3 minutes per side until you see a nice browning effect.

Remove the fish from the pan and place on a lined baking sheet in the oven. Place the cooked fish in the oven heated to 250° while you fry the remaining fish.

Clean out the pan then add additional oil. Repeat process with remaining filets.

Serve the walleye pieces on a platter for family-style dining with an assortment of side dishes like green beans and coleslaw.

Air Fryer Walleye

For a quick and easy walleye recipe that is a healthier option, pull out the air fryer. This walleye recipe requires no breading, unless you want it, so you can enjoy this delicious white meat fish in its tastiest form using it in any dish combination you prefer. One option is to add rice and beans, salsa or vegetables to round out a full meal.


  • 2 walleye filets
  • Lemon
  • Green onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (for breading option)
  • 1 egg (for breading option)


Rinse walleye filets and pat dry. Crack the egg in a bowl and whisk. Add salt and pepper and a pinch of garlic powder.

In a separate bowl add the breadcrumbs. Dip fish in egg, shake and then dip both sides though the breadcrumbs.

Spray the air fryer basket with oil spray. Add breaded fish into the basket and cook for 12 minutes at 380 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not flip the fish while cooking.

Squeeze lemon juice over the fish for additional flavor. Serve the walleye with lemon wedges and tartar sauce or make it the centerpiece of a larger dish with an array of adds like rice, vegetables or a favorite fish sauce.