Roasted Walleye

Freshly caught walleye is the star of this healthy and delicious oven-baked dish. Using only a few simple ingredients, you can have this delicious walleye dish on the table in less than 45 minutes.   

Walleye from Lake Michigan has never been better when prepared with only four ingredients. When properly prepared, fresh walleye fillets are extremely delicate and light in color. However, baking walleye in the oven is the healthiest option.   

Oven-Baked Walleye Recipe with steamed cauliflower and a side salad. Recipe for Walleye in the Oven

The walleye dish needs a little something extra, though. Garnish your dish with this spicy tuna tartare.

If you enjoy walleye, try this Salt and Pepper Squid instead.

Learn from this video on how to bake walleye in the oven.

Watch this video recipe guide to master my oven-baked walleye. Walleye is incredibly simple to prepare with this method, and it also happens to be quite nutritious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UByBCLMXT-c

Charter Fishing on Lake Michigan

Manistee, Michigan is home to a thriving fishing charter industry on Lake Michigan. Reach out to Brown Bear Charters' Captain Jeff Bajtka if you're interested in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan.   

Brown Bear Sport Fishing Charter Captain Jeff Bajtka with a salmon. Jeff Bajtka, Captain of the Brown Bear, a Sport Fishing Charter, with a Salmon.

Depending on the time of year, he fishes for King/Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Brown, and Lake Trout. To book your fishing trip with Jeff and Brown Bear Sport Fishing Charters, call (231-)510-1366 or visit their website (linked above).   

Jeff Bajtka has been sport fishing on Lake Michigan near Manistee for over two decades. Enjoy a few hours or a full day out on the pristine waters of Lake Michigan by setting sail from the town of Manistee.

Brown Bear Sport Fishing Charter in Manistee, Michigan Fishing for Brown Bears with a Local Charter in Manistee, Michigan

My suggestion is that you consult a local fisherman if you're interested in learning more about walleye fishing. They have an abundance of information

My legendary uncle, Emil Dean, used to take my family and I out on Lake Michigan in his charter boat, the Mary E., when I was a kid. Michigan's fishing charter industry owes a great deal to Emil Dean.  

Emil Dean aboard the Mary E. On the Mary E., with Emil Dean

When Cooking Walleye, Do You Remove the Skin?

No, I never leave the skin on when cooking walleye fillets. Always remember to clean your walleye by removing the skin and any bones you find.   

Do Walleye Have Bones?

The Y bones are present in walleye fish. To learn how to fillet a walleye without breaking a bone, watch this video on YouTube.   https://youtu be/7IqlqhpaLQc

Cooking Instructions for Walleye

Get your walleye baking ingredients together. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees F.    

Baked Walleye Recipe Ingredients - walleye fillets, white onion, olive oil and seasoned salt and pepper. Ingredients for a Baked Walleye Recipe

A piece of foil twice the size of a regular baking sheet should be cut. First, lay half of the foil on the sheet pan with the shiny side down and the dull side up.   

The other half of the foil can then be folded over and sealed around the fish before cooking. Olive oil should be smeared on a sheet pan's foil.   

Olive oil drizzled on a foil lined baking sheet. A baking sheet lined with foil and a drizzle of olive oil.

Lightly oil a sheet of foil and sprinkle with the seasoned salt and pepper.  

Seasoned olive oil drizzled on a foil lined baking sheet. Olive oil seasoned with seasoning, drizzled on a baking sheet lined with foil.

Make sure the sheet pan is completely dry before adding the walleye fillets in a single layer on top of the seasoned oil.   

Walleye fillets on-top of Seasoned olive oil drizzled on a foil lined baking sheet. Baked walleye fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil and topped with seasoned olive oil.

Last-minute, lightly season the fish fillets.   

Lightly seasoned walleye fillets. Walleye fillets with a subtle seasoning

Separate the onion rings and arrange them on top of the walleye fillets after they have been sliced thinly.  

Sliced onion on-top of walleye fillets. Fillets of walleye topped with sliced onion.

Cover the fish entirely by folding the foil over it. Using the side of the folded foil that is facing away from you, roll the ends of the foil together. If you're using foil, fold it in half lengthwise, then roll up both ends to seal the fish inside.

Baked Walleye Recipe foil pouch - Step 1 Recipe for Baked Walleye in a Foil Pouch, Method Step 1 Oven-Baked Walleye Recipe foil pouch - Step 2 Walleye in the Oven: Step 2 of the Foil Packet Recipe Baked Walleye Recipe foil pouch - Step 3 Third Step of the Baked Walleye Recipe in a Foil Pouch

Carefully pierce a few holes in the top of the foil packet using a sharp knife. Take care not to pierce the foil at its base.  

Hole poked baked walleye foil pouches. Walleye baked in foil packets with a few holes punched in them

Baking Time for Walleye

Bake the sheet pan for 30 to 45 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.   

After 30 minutes, test the doneness of the walleye in the oven. Use a fork to try to flake the thickest part of the fish.   

Ideally, the fish will be white and flake easily. In the event that the fillets still show signs of translucence or refuse to flake apart easily, they should be returned to the oven and cooked for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.      

Baked Michigan Walleye Fillets Fish fillets from the state of Michigan that have been baked

Baked Walleye - Typical Concerns

Should I Put Fish in a Cover While Baking?

In fact, a steaming effect is created when the fish is covered while baking. When using this method, the walleye is ready to eat in about half an hour.

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A Delicious Recipe for Walleye in the Oven

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Freshly caught walleye is the star of this healthy and delicious oven-baked dish. This simple baked walleye recipe is ready in less than 45 minutes. Walleye from Lake Michigan has never been better when prepared with only four ingredients. Fresh walleye fillets are exceptionally tender and flake apart into a brilliant white when cooked.

  • Two pounds (973 grams) of walleye fillets.
  • White onion, sliced, 1/2 cup (1 25 oz) (35 g)
  • One table spoon of olive oil (or 0 55 oz) (16 g)
  • A half teaspoon of Lawry's seasoned salt (0 1 oz) (3 g)
  • 0.25 grams Morton's Seasoning Blend 05 oz) (1 g)
  1. Put together everything you need to bake walleye in the oven.
  2. Turn on the oven to 350 F.
  3. Take a regular baking sheet and use it as a template to cut a sheet of foil that's twice as big.
  4. Half of the foil should be used to cover the sheet pan, with the shiny side facing down. The other half of the foil can then be folded over the fish and sealed before cooking.
  5. Olive oil should be spread out on the foil in a sheet pan.
  6. Oil a sheet of foil and sprinkle with some of the seasoned salt and pepper.
  7. Walleye fillets should be arranged in a single layer on the sheet pan and then placed on top of the seasoned oil.
  8. Give the fish fillets a final light coating of seasoning.
  9. Separate the onion rings and arrange them on top of the walleye fillets after slicing them into thin rounds.
  10. Bring the foil together and fold it over the fish to completely enclose it. Beginning on the uncreased side of the foil, roll the ends in toward each other. The fish is then rolled up in the foil and the ends are sealed.
  11. Mildly pierce the top of the foil packet with a sharp knife. Take care not to pierce the foil at its base.
  12. Walleye Baking Time
    Bake the sheet pan for 30 to 45 minutes in a hot oven.
  13. After 30 minutes, test the doneness of the walleye in the oven. The best way to do this is to use a fork to attempt to flake the thickest part of the fish. The fish should flake easily and be a bright white color. If the fillets are translucent or don't want to flake apart easily, return them to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
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Serving Size and Amount Calories 313 Total Fat 7g Solid Fats 1g Trans Fat 0g Specifically, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids 5g Cholesterol 249mg Sodium 433mg Carbohydrates 3g Fiber 0g Sugar 1g Protein 56g

Please note that a dietitian should be consulted for more precise dietary advice. We must remember that food labels are only suggestions.

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