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Pan Fried Walleye

Pan Fried Walleye on a plate with lemons and a salad.

Pan Fried Walleye has a light crisp coating and is quick and easy to make.

Pan Fried Walleye served with fresh lemons and topped with chopped parsley.

Pan Fried Walleye is a delicious way to cook any type of white fish. 

What is Walleye?

Walleye is a fresh water fish. This fish is native to many lakes in Canada and the Northern United States.  It is a white, very mild tasting fish.

This is the fish we caught when we were on our fishing/camping trip last summer. Do you remember the Beer Battered Fish? Yep, same fish. Same camping trip. 

We try to catch our limit and then bring back a bunch to stock our freezer. I pulled out a package to make this pan fried fish.

What if I don’t have Walleye?

Not a problem. Almost any white fish fillet can be pan fried. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your fillets.

Ingredients needed for making pan fried fish

What ingredients do I need?

The list of ingredients is simple. You need fillets of Walleye or other white fish, eggs, seasoned bread crumbs, flour, salt, onion powder and paprika.  You will also need a bit of oil to pan fry the fish in. 

My fillets varied in size because the fish we caught were never the same size. I used 8 fillets or about 1 1/2 – 2  pounds of fish.  You can adjust this recipe by selecting the number of fillets you need to feed your family. 

Can I use fresh or frozen fish?

Yes! I used frozen fillets for this recipe. Just make certain your fish is fully thawed and dab the fillets with a paper towel so they are dry before using.  

Crispy pan fried walleye on a fork.

How to make pan fried fish

  • Lightly beat eggs in a dish
  • In another dish combine flour, bread crumbs and seasoning
  • Dip fish in egg and then in flour mixture
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a pan
  • When pan is hot add fish and cook

How long do you cook pan fried fish?

I cook my fillets over a medium heat and cook for 3 minutes per side. Keep an eye on your fillets as they are cooking. You don’t want them to burn. 

Once my fillets are nicely browned, I remove them from the pan and place them on a baking sheet lined with a rack. Then I pop them into a 350 degree oven while I continue cooking the rest of the fillets. 

This helps keep the fish warm and crisp. 

Cooked walleye on a baking rack.

What should I serve with pan fried fish?

Almost anything goes! Some of my favorites include Israeli Couscous Salad, Sauteed Peas and a nice green salad. Don’t forget to serve some yummy peach ice cream or oatmeal cranberry cookie for dessert. 

This fish can also be used in fish tacos or made into a fish sandwich! You could almost have this everyday of the week!

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

Pan fried walleye topped with lemon wedges and parsley

 

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

4.8 from 5 votes
Pan Fried Walleye served with fresh lemons and topped with chopped parsley.
Pan Fried Walleye
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Crispy pan fried fish fillets

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish fillets, pan fried fish, pan fried walleye
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 238 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 8 Walleye fillets
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
For Frying
  • 4 Tablespoons oil
Instructions
  1. Lightly beat eggs in a dish

  2. In another dish combine flour, bread crumbs and seasoning

  3. Dip fish in egg and then in flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour.

  4. Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a pan and heat pan over medium heat.

  5. When pan is hot, add 3-4 fillets to pan. Cook 3 minutes per side so each side is nicely browned. 

  6. Remove fish from pan and place on a baking sheet lined with a baking rack. Place cooked fish in a 350 degree oven while you cook remaining fish. 

  7. Wipe out pan and add additional oil. Repeat process with remaining fish. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can use vegetable, canola or olive oil.

May substitute white fish fillets for walleye.

Nutrition Facts
Pan Fried Walleye
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 482mg 20%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Bill
    May 2, 2019 at 4:54 am


    A small correction if I may, even though it is called a Walleyed Pike, a Walleye is not a member of the Pike family but the largest member of the Perch family. A Northern Pike is a very dry and BONY fish, the Y bones make any but very large specimens hard to fillet. You will find that there is very little difference except size in the Perch Family, with Yellow Perch the smallest to Sauger and Walleye. Most people can’t tell the difference between a Walleye and a Sauger. All three taste the same, the Sauger has spots on it’s dorsal fin, the walleye does not, the only difference.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      May 2, 2019 at 5:17 am

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for the correction! I made the change in my post too! I appreciate you letting me know and describing the difference.
      Happy Fishing! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 25, 2019 at 5:22 am


    My grandpa and I used to go fishing all the time, and he’d come back and fry up our catch (usually crappie) for dinner that night. I miss those days! I might have to get my hands on some good white fish so I can make this recipe. It looks absolutely delicious!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 27, 2019 at 5:16 am

      What great memories! This fish is quick and easy to make so it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    February 22, 2019 at 9:14 am


    The crispy coating on this fish looks fantastic! This is one of the few ways I can get my kids to eat fish. And that’s just fine with me!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    February 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 22, 2019 at 4:46 am

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm


    Keeping this one in my back pocket for the Lenten season this year Kathy!

  • Reply
    Fred Gaudet
    February 21, 2019 at 4:04 pm


    Great idea for dinner.

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