Butter-Basted Walleye


  • Walleye Fillets
The method is very simple, you just bring some oil and butter to medium high heat and then toss in some garlic cloves and thyme sprigs. Give your walleye fillets a dusting with flour and then lay them in the pan. I sprinkled my fillets with salt and pepper before I dusted them, but you don’t have to. While the fillets are cooking you tilt the pan to one side so the oil and butter pool in the pan and with a spoon you just spoon and pour the hot oil over the top of the fillet. This is a really great method for cooking thinner fillets because you don’t have to flip the fillet over and risk it falling apart. you can just cook it on one side for 4-5 minutes basting the fillet with oil and butter. It allows the fillet to get a nice crust on one side without overcooking the fillet.
My whole family love it and we were impressed at how wonderful walleye tasted without breading and frying it. I served my walleye over a bed of pasta and beans, it was a recipe my wife found in one of her magazines and called for a can of tuna but I think a nice walleye fillet was a great substitute.
Recipe courtesy of Jamie Carlson and his “You Have to Cook it Right” blog.

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