baked walleye recipes

16 Delicious Baked Walleye Recipes to Indulge In

Walleye — a white fish with a firm yet delicate texture — is one of the healthiest fish to add to your diet. It’s a freshwater fish with a very mild, almost neutral flavor, which makes it a great choice for experimenting with different recipes!

So, if you’ve managed to get some walleyes to cook, take a crack at some of these delectable baked walleye recipes made with simple ingredients to bring out subtle flavor profiles and create memorable meals.

#1. Baked Margarita Walleye

This heavenly walleye recipe is a quick and easy-to-make meal that’s deliciously tangy and citrusy. Bake the walleye fish filets with salt, pepper, chili powder, cilantro, garlic, and a splash of tequila for a salty, tangy flavor. And if you like some heat, add thinly sliced jalapeno or a splash of cayenne pepper to spice things up. Serve with lemon wedges!

#2. Baked Pistachio Encrusted Walleye

This baked walleye recipe is truly a feast for the senses. It’s also quite simple to prepare! All you need is three ingredients — walleye filets, shelled and crushed pistachios, and butter — to create a crunchy yet tender delight. This delicate baked meal is best served with a side of potatoes or seasonal vegetables for a hearty dinner.

#3. Baked Walleye Amandine with Mild Cheddar

If you’re looking to cook a meal that will have everyone craving seconds, you absolutely need to give this baked walleye recipe a try. The marriage of tender fish with earthy parsley, slivered almonds, and creamy cheddar pairs wonderfully with a simple leafy arugula salad. Serve with lemon wedges for an elegant meal.

#4. Baked Walleye with Hazelnuts and Sage

To make this simple, healthy meal, season the walleye with salt and pepper, then bake until the flesh is opaque and soft before topping with butter and sage and a dusting of hazelnuts. Serve it with wild rice and baked acorn squash for a hearty dinner.

#5. Baked Walleye with Shrimp

Combining the subtle, sweet flavor of walleye with the semi-sweet, salty flavor of shrimp, this dish is an absolute masterpiece. The recipe also calls for a generous amount of seasoning to pack a powerful flavor punch as well as vegetables to make it more filling along with cheese to add more texture and flavor!

#6. Baked Walleye with Sun-Dried Tomato-Thyme Butter

To make this delicious baked walleye recipe, dredge the fish filets in flour and seasonings then dip them in an egg mixture and lay them on a greased baking pan. Next, slather the filets with tomato-thyme butter and bake until the fish is cooked through. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes for a filling, delicious meal.

#7. Baked Walleye With White Wine Sauce

Cooked to flakey perfection with a lovely buttery white wine sauce, this healthy and delicious baked walleye recipe will give you crisp, vibrant flavors in every bite. Enjoy this quick, comforting, and calorie-conscious dish as-is or pair it with a side of boiled potatoes, some rice, green beans, or zucchini to round up the meal.

#8. Basil Asiago Baked Walleye

In this recipe, walleye pairs beautifully with basil, breadcrumbs, herbs, and shredded asiago cheese to create a delectable meal. Once the fish is baked to perfection, top it off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to add brightness and elevate the flavors. Serve with Basil Asiago Risotto and Pomegranate Almond Mixed salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette to enjoy.

#9. Breaded Walleye Fish Fingers

Turn this delicate fish into a stunning appetizer with this simple finger food recipe. Coat the fish sticks generously with a herb-breadcrumb mixture, then slide them into the oven or air fryer to bake. Serve these golden, crispy fish fingers with a homemade tartar sauce for dipping!

#10. Easy Foil-Packet Baked Garlic Lemon Walleye

Serve up a healthy, hearty yet light dinner with this super easy foil-baked walleye recipe. All you have to do is layer the walleye filets with snow peas, carrots, and minced garlic, all smothered in a rich lemon butter sauce, in aluminum foil packets. Baked for about 20 minutes and serve as-is or with your favorite sides!

#11. Honey Crusted Walleye

Succulent, sweet, and crunchy — this baked walleye recipe is everything you could desire in a meal. Dip seasoned walleye filets in an egg and honey mixture and coat them in crushed buttery crackers. Cook until lightly browned and serve with lemon wedges, a drizzle of honey, and chopped fresh parsley.

#12. Oven-Baked Walleye

This recipe uses only 4 ingredients — walleye filets, sliced onions, olive oil, and seasonings — and comes together in less than 45 minutes to create a super tender and flavorful walleye dish. You can enjoy the meal as-is or top the seasoned filets with spicy tuna tartare for an added flavor boost!

#13. Baked Walleye with Olive Tapenade

An easy, light meal, this recipe delivers a medley of layered flavors and textures! To make, season the walleye fillets with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, top them with spoonfuls of olive tapenade and bake with asparagus, crushed pork rinds, and parmesan. Serve the fork-tender fish with the asparagus and an extra squeeze of lemon for added flavor!

#14. Ritzy Crusted Walleye

Create a meal that’ll have everyone reaching for seconds! Season the walleye fillets with Old Bay and salt, top them with a thin layer of crushed Ritz cracker crumbs, and then add a generous drizzle of garlic-butter mixture before sliding them into the oven. Bake until golden brown and enjoy!

#15. Walleye Baked with Sweet Peppers & Onions Recipe

Colorful and delicious, in this recipe, you assemble the baked fish and cooked veggies on a platter, then spoon the sauce over it to create a simple and flavorsome recipe that everyone will enjoy! Top as desired and serve with rice (optional) for a substantial meal.

#16. Walleye Burger with Zucchini Pickles

An elevated and creative take on the popular finger-fish sandwich, this easy recipe delivers a refreshingly light burger. Cure the walleye filets in a salt-sugar mix, bake, and add a squirt of lemon juice. Assemble the burger with zucchini pickles, baked walleye, and a hearty serving of tartar-smothered onions and arugula. Enjoy a burst of flavors in every bite!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.