How to Bake Walleye Filets

Walleye is a freshwater fish commonly found in the United States and Canada. Similar in flavor to perch, walleye has a clean, relatively light taste, especially for a freshwater fish. Pair walleye fillets with roasted white potatoes and an arugula or wild lettuce salad for a healthy, well-balanced meal.

Step 1

Rinse the fish under cold water and gently pat it dry with paper towels. Allow the fish to warm up to room temperature for one hour, covered with plastic wrap.


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Step 2

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Brush both sides of the walleye fillets with melted unsalted butter. Season both sides of the fish with sea salt and coarse ground black pepper to taste.

Step 4

Place the fish fillets in a baking dish large enough to hold the pieces of fish without touching or overlapping.

Step 5

Bake the fish for 18 minutes without opening the oven door.

Step 6

Check the internal temperature of the fish with an instant-read thermometer. When the fish is fully cooked, the internal temperature should be 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Transfer the fish fillets to a serving platter with a fish spatula. Allow the fish to rest for five minutes before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 walleye fillets, approximately 1/2 lb. each

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic wrap

  • Food brush

  • Melted unsalted butter

  • Sea salt

  • Coarse ground black pepper

  • Baking dish

  • Instant-read thermometer

  • Serving platter

  • Fish spatula

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

  • Sliced lemon wedges, for garnish


Garnish the top of the cooked fish with chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for extra color, and serve the fish with sliced lemon wedges for additional flavor.

For a healthier dish, replace half of the melted unsalted butter with extra virgin olive oil.



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