How to Cook a Walleye Pike Fillet


Walleye pike fillets cook well in a pan. When preparing any fish, cook it just until it flakes with a fork to prevent it from becoming tough and rubbery. Using a nonstick pan with additional oil ensures that your fish comes cleanly out of the pan without sticking to the bottom. Choose an option below to suit your cooking preferences: pan-fry fish or grilled fish.

Things You'll Need

  • For pan frying:
  • Nonstick frying pan
  • 1 lb. walleye pike fillets
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Spatula
  • Paper towels
  • Lemon wedges and tartar sauce for serving (optional)
  • For grilling:
  • Grill
  • Grilling basket

Pan Fry Fish

  • Inspect the walleye pike fillets and remove any bones you see.

  • Heat the frying pan over medium high heat.

  • Add the oil to the pan, swirling the pan to coat the bottom.

  • Place the walleye pike fillets into the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Turn the fish with a spatula and cook on the bottom for 4 to 5 minutes or until the fish turns opaque and flakes.

  • Drain the fish on paper towels and serve with lemon and tartar sauce if desired.

Grilled Walleye Pike Fillets

  • Heat the grill to medium heat.

  • Coat the walleye pike fillets on both sides with the vegetable oil and place into the grilling basket.

  • Cook the fish in the grilling basket directly over the heat for 6 to 9 total minutes, turning halfway through cooking.

  • Remove the fish from the heat and serve when it flakes with a fork.

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