We’re well into the fishing season, and the fishing report is basically unchanged, so I thought I would take this opportunity to write something completely different. Now that you have walleye and perch in your freezer to share with family and friends, you might want to try something other than the traditional deep fried fish. Here are a couple recipes I made up that I would like to share with you if you want to make it a little healthier or just want to change it up a little to keep your taste buds happy.
Baking fish is, without question, much healthier than deep frying, so for those that have to stay away from deep frying, I have a simple recipe that should please everyone.
Baked Walleye with Sweet Onion
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
•Depending on how much fish you need to make, you can use either an 8x8 or 9x13 baking dish.
•Drizzle Olive Oil in the bottom of the baking dish and add clean fish fillets.
•Next, generously sprinkle Hungarian Paprika over the fillets.
•Slice a whole sweet onion into slivers, by cutting the onion in half and then in thin slices by following the “ribs” in the onion (separate the onions slivers). Cover the fillets evenly with the onion.
•Zest a lemon and sprinkle on top
•Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. (Baking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets.
The second recipe is one that I made up when I wanted a crunchy crust without deep frying. I make this one with butter, but you can also use a more heart healthy butter if you would like.
Potato Crusted Baked Walleye
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a zip loc bag mix:
•3 Cups instant potato flakes
•1 Cup bread crumbs
•1 Tbl. spoon dill weed
•Salt and pepper to taste
•Shake bag to mix ingredients well
In a bowl melt 1/2 stick of real butter
•Walleye fillets or perch fillets should be patted dry first. Dip the fillets in the melted butter and then placed in the zip loc bag with the mixture. Do this in small batches, so the potato flake/bread crumb mixture can coat the fillets evenly.
•Place fillets on a non stick cookie sheet and place in oven.
•Cook for 15 minutes and then turn the fillets over. Cook for 5-10 minutes more or until golden brown.
They will be as crispy as deep fried but oh so much better! Enjoy!