Pan-fried walleye is a popular and flavorful dish that showcases the delicate flavor and firm texture of this freshwater fish. By pan-frying the walleye, you’ll achieve a golden brown crust while keeping the flesh moist and flaky. With a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can enjoy a restaurant-quality walleye dish right in your own kitchen. Let’s dive into the instructions and learn how to make pan-fried walleye that will satisfy your taste buds.

1. Pan Fried Walleye Recipe


  • 2 walleye fillets
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)
  • Fresh parsley (optional, for garnish)


Preheat your skillet over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil. Allow the oil to heat up while you prepare the walleye fillets.

Rinse the walleye fillets under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.

In a shallow dish or plate, combine the breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine the dry ingredients.

Dredge each walleye fillet in the breadcrumb mixture, ensuring that both sides are evenly coated. Press the breadcrumbs onto the fillets to help them adhere.

Carefully place the breaded walleye fillets into the hot skillet. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Adjust the cooking time as needed based on the thickness of the fillets.

Once cooked, transfer the pan-fried walleye to a plate lined with paper towels to remove any excess oil.

Serve the pan-fried walleye hot, with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the fish. You can also garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Pan-fried walleye is a delicious and crispy dish that highlights the natural flavors of this freshwater fish. With a golden brown crust and moist, flaky flesh, you’ll enjoy every bite of this simple yet satisfying meal.

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