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Pan Fried Walleye

February 21, 2019 (Last Updated: July 13, 2020)

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Pan Fried Walleye has a light crisp coating and is quick and easy to make. Just a few ingredients are used to enhance the delicious, natural taste of walleye fish.  The crispy golden crust and the juicy flaky fish make this a perfect recipe! 

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.  I also make a Walleye salad using this fish. 

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 or a homemade coleslaw. Don’t forget to serve some yummy peach ice cream or oatmeal cranberry cookies 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!

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A fork with a portion of fried fish.


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

Pan Fried Walleye

Crispy pan fried fish fillets
4.96 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 238 kcal


  • 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


  • Lightly beat eggs in a dish
  • In another dish combine flour, bread crumbs and seasoning
  • Dip fish in egg and then in flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a pan and heat pan over medium heat.
  • When pan is hot, add 3-4 fillets to pan. Cook 3 minutes per side so each side is nicely browned. 
  • 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. 
  • Wipe out pan and add additional oil. Repeat process with remaining fish. 



You can use vegetable, canola or olive oil.
May substitute white fish fillets for walleye.


Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 482mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 2mg
Keyword fish fillets, pan fried fish, pan fried walleye
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  • Reply
    October 12, 2020 at 6:19 am

    The walleye was delicious. I have used this recipe for catfish too. Very favorable and easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      October 12, 2020 at 6:24 am

      Thanks, Kay! We’ve used this recipe on other fish as well. I don’t usually cook catfish because it’s not available, but I’ll keep this in mind if I do ever get some!
      Thank you – Kathy 🙂

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    Marilee Griffin
    August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

    What kind of a skillet do you use? I have heard that cast iron is the best, but I have a glass topped stove.

    • Reply
      August 13, 2020 at 7:59 am

      Hi Marilee,
      I use a heavy duty stainless steel frying pan similar to this one – Frying Pan.

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