Pecan-Crusted Walleye Recipe -
Pecan-Crusted Walleye Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Pecan-Crusted Walleye

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"A light crust for this delicate fish won't cover up the taste of the fish itself. Plus it is quick and easy."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Beat the egg with the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt until evenly mixed. Spread the pecan meal into a shallow dish. Dip the walleye fillets into the egg mixture, then press into the pecan flour.
  2. Heat the butter and vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the walleye fillets into the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides and the fish flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
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  • 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.

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Oct 24, 2011

Hint - Pecan meal is just finely ground pecans. Or you can take chopped pecans, put into a zippy bag and crush them with a rolling pin. You just don't want big pieces. When I created this recipe, the idea was to find a flavorful, but light crust for the delicate fish.

Jun 16, 2012

Well done. Nice light flavor. Served well with Risotto

Jun 18, 2013

I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I did find a pecan panko breading mix at Whole Foods so I didn't have to add much seasoning but the fish cooked perfectly. Served with some risotto and fresh advocado/tomatoes. Super quick and easy summer week night dish.

Feb 25, 2014

Just made this tonight - Wonderful! I did make a mess of the coating. After putting the first fillet through the pecan meal, the remaining meal turned into a goopy sludge and it was difficult to coat the other fillets. It still tasted fantastic - just not very uniform or as appealing in appearance as it might have been. I think next time I might try dipping the fillets in the egg mixture and then spooning the coating over each fillet. Also wondering if it would be good with a coating of 2/3 pecan meal to 1/3 panko crumbs? Pecans sure ain't cheap.

Oct 20, 2013

Delicious! One of my new favorites. We call it Pickerel up in Canada. I would make my own pecan meal next time as the store bought one is a bit too fine and I think this would be nice with a little more texture. Serves with sautéed green beans and grape tomatoes and fingerling potatoes.

Feb 06, 2013

I made my own pecan meal for this recipe by putting whole pecans in my chopper and pulsing until they were turned to crumbs. However, I don't think that worked very well because the pecans started to become moist and mushy (on their way to becoming nut butter). Next time, I will add flour to the mix and I think that will help prevent this problem and help the breading to not clump on the fish. This recipe had nice flavor and walleye is a meaty fish, so my husband didn't have as much a problem with it as he sometimes does with other kinds of fish.

Feb 25, 2012

Yummy! We used Swai fish, but can't wait to try it with fresh-caught walleye. Very quick and easy. The whole family enjoyed it (even picky young kids)!

Oct 16, 2014

Found some walleye on sale ($10/lb, so maybe I'll try another fish next time). It was outstanding. I tend to use fresh herbs, and didn't have garlic or onion powder, so I put my fresh garlic and onion in my chopper and added my egg. I used hot ground paprika and cayenne pepper to my own whole ground pecan meal. Could not be easier. This is a keeper.


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  • Calories
  • 325 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.3 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 158 mg
  • 53%
  • Fat
  • 24 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 25.3 g
  • 51%
  • Sodium
  • 193 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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