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Blackened Pickerel/Walleye

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

5 Minutes


2 servings



About the Recipe

Looking for a different way to cook Walleye/Pickerel? Give this blackened recipe a try. Super flavourful, healthier than the traditional way of breading and it will have a kick to it depending on how much spice you add.


  • 2 (6 ounce) fillets of Pickerel/Walleye

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

  • 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

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 2 lemon wedges


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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