Cornmeal-Crusted Walleye Recipe
These moist, tender fillets are a terrific option when you want a meal that’s not too heavy. The corn and roasted pepper side dish goes perfectly with the walleye. —Allen Plungis, Hartland, Michigan
- 2 large sweet red peppers
- 4 large ears sweet corn, husks removed
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1-3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- Dash cayenne pepper
- 4 walleye fillets (6 ounces each)
- 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Broil red peppers 4 in. from the heat until skins blister, about 15 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, brush corn with 1 tablespoon oil. Transfer to an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Peel off and discard charred skin from peppers. Remove stems and seeds. Finely chop peppers. Cut corn from cobs.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and cayenne. Coat walleye in cornmeal mixture.
- In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in butter until tender. Add peppers, corn and remaining salt; saute 2-3 minutes longer.
- In another large skillet, fry fillets in remaining oil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with corn salsa. Yield: 4 servings (about 4 cups corn salsa).
Originally published as Cornmeal-Crusted Walleye in Country Extra September 2010, p43
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
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