Cooking your catch recipes

Posted Saturday, January 25, 2014 --- 6:04 a.m.

Grilled Walleye with Homemade Tartar Sauce ingredients:

4 (6-8 oz) walleye filets
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 lemons
Tartar Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp red onion, minced
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp white vinegar
¼ cup pickle relish
¼ tsp black pepper
salt to taste

1. In a small bowl, place mayonnaise, minced red onion, mustard vinegar, pickle relish
and black pepper.
2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly to incorporate. Season tartar sauce with salt as desired. Sauce
can be made ahead of time and will last 4-5 days properly stored in your refrigerator.
3. Remove skin from walleye filets.
4. Season filets with garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper and salt.
5. Add ½ Tbsp of olive oil to each filet and rub spice mixture to combine with oil and
coat filet evenly.
6. Sprinkle walleye filets with chopped parsley.
7. Walleye filets can be marinated up to 1 hour before grilling.
8. Preheat grill to medium heat.
9. Season grill with vegetable spray or salad oil.
10. Place walleye filet on grill skin side up. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.
11. Give filet ¼ turn and grill an additional 2-3 minutes.
12. Turn walleye over and grill 3-4 minutes.
13. Give filet one more ¼ turn and cook for 2-3 minutes or until walleye is firm but not flakey.
14. Remove walleye from grill and squeeze ¼ of lemon over cooked fish.
15. Serve with vegetable slaw and tartar sauce.
16. Garnish with lemon wheels and chopped parsley.


Whitefish with Sundried Tomatoes and Garlic Butter
½ stick butter, softened
½ red onion, julienne
24 snow peas
4 (6-8 oz) whitefish filets
2 Tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 shallot, sliced
8 parsley sprigs
¼ tsp black pepper
pinch of salt
garlic butter
1 stick butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
½ tsp rosemary
¼ tsp pepper

1. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley, rosemary & pepper.
2. Mix ingredients together until completely incorporated. Reserve until needed.
3. Preheat grill to medium heat.
4. To make a foil package for fish, one package per person, use a small piece of aluminum
foil, about 10”-12” long. Evenly divide all ingredients into four for each fish filet.
5. Lightly brush the middle of the foil with softened butter.
6. Lay sliced red onion in middle of foil. Place snow peas on top of red onion.
7. Place whitefish filet on top of red onion and snow peas.
8. Spread ¼ of the butter mixture on top of fish filet.
9. Top fish with chopped sundried tomatoes and sliced shallots. Add whole sprigs of fresh
parsley and season with salt and pepper.
10. Fold foil into center of fish and fold edges together to seal package. Fold in sides of
foil pack to completely seal. Do not puncture or make foil pack too tight so fish and
vegetables will be able to steam and foil pack can expand.
11. Repeat the previous steps with the three remaining fish filets.
12. Place foil packages on grill, close lid and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes.
13. Rotate fish packages on grill so they will cook evenly. Close lid and cook an additional
5-7 minutes.
14. Foil packets will begin to expand due to the steam from the fish and the vegetables. Remove
fish from grill and place each package on a plate for service. When ready to serve, cut top of foil pack open carefully so steam does not burn you. Eat fish and vegetables right from foil pack and enjoy.


Fried Panfish with Pesto Dipping Sauce
4 crappies or other panfish
1 ½ to 2 cups bread crumbs
2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
½ cup flour
¼ - ½ cup oil
Pesto Dipping Sauce
¼ cup basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
¼ cup olive oil
1/8 tsp black pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 cup mayonnaise
juice of ½ lemon

1. Place chopped basil, garlic and parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor.
2. Add salt & pepper and begin to process on low speed. Slowly add olive oil while
blending to allow basil and garlic to break down and form a green paste or pesto.
3. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and pesto and mix thoroughly to incorporate.
4. Add the juice of ½ lemon and season with salt & pepper as desired.
5. Allow sauce to sit, in order to allow flavors to bloom.
6. Sauce will last for 4-5 days properly refrigerated.
7. In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, garlic powder, parsley, black pepper
and salt.
8. In a separate bowl, scramble two eggs and place flour in another separate bowl.
9. To bread fish, place cleaned filets in flour and evenly coat. Remove any excess flour.
10. Dip floured filet into egg mixture and then into seasoned bread crumbs. Press bread
crumbs onto filet to coat entire fish filet evenly. Fish can be breaded 2-3 hour in advance
and stored until ready to cook.
11. Heat a heavy sauté pan or cast iron pan over medium- high heat.
12. Add oil to pan and allow oil to get hot, 30-60 seconds.
13. Place breaded filet in pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until breading becomes golden
brown. Turn filet in pan and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until breading becomes
golden brown.
14. Remove fish from pan and serve with grilled potatoes and grilled vegetables.

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