Best Fried Walleye


This walleye recipe is the one my dad has been using for 25 years. It's light and clean-tasting because there's no sense in masking the naturally delicious flavor of such an awesome Canadian delicacy. No tartar sauce needed!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 walleye fillets

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch salt (Optional)

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2 cups crushed saltine crackers

  • vegetable oil for frying

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Check walleye fillets to ensure all bones and skin have been removed. Cut fillets into manageable pieces, if necessary.

  2. Combine flour, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a shallow bowl. Place beaten eggs in a separate shallow bowl. Place cracker crumbs onto a plate.

  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large cast iron skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Dip fillets into flour mixture, then dip in beaten egg, and then coat evenly with cracker crumbs; set fillets aside on a plate. Carefully lower 2 fillets into hot oil using tongs; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; repeat with remaining fillets. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cook's Note:

To crush the saltines, place the crackers in a resealable gallon-size plastic freezer bag and roll with a rolling pin (or whatever you've got) until they are a fine "bread crumb" consistency.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

592 Calories
31g Fat
40g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 592
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 492mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 21mg 105%
Calcium 232mg 18%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 769mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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