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Sketch of a walleye fish


Pickerel (Canadian name) or Walleye (US name) is one of the most sought after and prized freshwater fish in North America. John O’s pickerel/walleye is the freshest available due to the “Instant Ice Tote Program,” which ensures the fish are immediately submersed in iced totes once harvested. The result is a fresher, better-tasting product.

John O’s Pickerel is also MSC certified, meaning it’s a sustainable choice. The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization that recognizes and rewards efforts to protect water supplies and safeguard seafood supplies for the future. John O’s is on board with this kind of environmental leadership and is proud to offer a tasty product you can feel good about consuming.


Origin: Lake Erie, Ontario

Taste: Pickerel/Walleye is esteemed for its light succulent flavour with a fine, flaked texture.

Cooking Methods: Pan sear, deep fry, oven bake or grill.

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Fresh Pickerel/Walleye on ice



Blackened Walleye/Pickerel



2 (6 ounce) fillets of Pickerel/Walleye

1/2 cup cooking oil (Canola, vegetable, etc.)

1 tbsp butter

2 lemon wedges


Dry Rub:

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon salt


Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Mix together paprika, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, cumin, black pepper, thyme, and salt in a plate large enough to fit fillets.

Step 2

Heat a large frying pan (cast iron preferable) with cooking oil on medium-high heat until hot, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Toss fillets in spice mixture until completely covered.

Step 4

Place fillets into the hot pan flesh side down. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until charred, then flip onto skin side. Add butter on top of fillets to melt. Finally, cook fish until internal temperature is 165F (about 2 minutes).

Step 5

Remove cooked fillets from heat, squeeze lemon wedge over top of each fillet. Serve & enjoy!

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