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01/09/2015 08:17AM  
Let's start a Cook Book. Please post your favorite FISH recipes here. No comments - Only recipes.
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01/09/2015 08:33AM  
For Salmon on the grill. I place the fillets skin down on tin foil, then make a boat out of the tinfoil and add alot of olive oil, enough to use as basting as it heats up. I cut diagonal vents in the fillet and baste with olive oil as the meat is cooking. I start adding roasted garlic and other spices half way through cooking to infuse them into the meat, and open the foil to get a bit of a char on the fillet as it finishes cooking. Add a bit more of your favorite spices near the end of cooking and there you go, Grilled Salmon.
01/09/2015 09:09AM  
This works with any fish. Quick and easy and little clean-up.

Step 1 - gut the fish. You do not need to remove the head or scales, just clean out the belly, air sac, etc.
Step 2 - rinse clean and dry with a paper towel.
Step 3 - place the fish in oiled aluminum foil. The heavy duty works the best. Add seasonings to your preference. Some suggestions are: salt and pepper, lemon pepper, garlic salt, season-all. Use whatever you like. You can even add onions, cloves of garlic, butter, or lemon slices if you have them.
Step 4 - tightly wrap the aluminum foil around the fish.
Step 5 - place on fire grate over fire or coals. Turn every few minutes.
Step 6 - It's done when you can hear the fish sizzling inside. Probably about 7 minutes per side depending on your fire and heat. If the fish doesn't fall off the bone then cook some more.
Step 7 - Enjoy the tasty fish right out of the aluminum serving dish you just made. The skin, scales, and bones will literally fall off the meat. No dishes to wash.
Step 8 - Dispose of remains properly.
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01/09/2015 09:29AM  
This is one of my favorites when you are tired of fried fish.

Fish Tacos

Fish (1/2 - 3/4 fish per person)
Cream Cheese (1/2 - 1 block)
Taco Seasoning
Green Chilies (either dehydrated or a small can that that has been taken out of the can and put into a zippie prior to the trip)

Cook fish in fry pan with small amount of oil/butter until it flakes apart. Add cream cheese, taco seasoning, and green chilies (could add jalapenos if you want a little more bite). Cook until all is thoroughly mixed. The add to tortillas top with salas, cheese and whatever else you want). Enjoy!
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02/07/2015 02:11PM  
You asked for a favorite fish recipe. Here is my very favorite. Not one I've tried in the BWCA before but I make it at home. It's like butter in your mouth.

Miso Glazed Sea Bass

(makes 4 servings)


• 1/3 cup sake
• 1/3 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
• 1/3 cup light yellow miso (fermented soybean paste)
• 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar or maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 4 6-ounce sea bass fillets (each about 3/4 inch thick)
• 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Mix first 5 ingredients in gallon-sized freezer baggie. Add fish to baggie and mix. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.

Preheat broiler. Remove fish from marinade. Place fish on rimmed baking sheet. With broiler door slightly open, broil fish 6 inches from heat source until just opaque in center and golden/browned on the outside, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle with green onions and basil and serve.
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02/07/2015 02:31PM  
Here's my favorite fried fish recipe:

Golden-Fried Fish


• 2 pounds fish filets (your choice)
• 1 3 1/2-ounce package panko (Japanese breadcrumbs; 1 1/2 cups)
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
• 2 teaspoons coarse salt
• 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 3 large egg whites
• 1/4 cup dark ale
• 4 tablespoons olive oil


Salt and pepper fish filets. Combine next 5 ingredients in large bowl.

Whisk egg whites and ale in medium bowl. Add fish to ale mixture and turn to coat; shake off excess, then turn fish in panko mixture to coat all sides. Place on plate.

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of fish filets. Cook until golden and just opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining fish filets, adding more oil to skillet as necessary. Transfer fish to paper towels; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with tartar sauce and lemon wedge.

07/03/2015 06:39PM  
Blackened Fish Tacos

Fresh fish fillets skin removed
Blackend Seasoning
Cheddar Cheese
Knorrs Mexican Rice
8" Flour Tortillas
Olive Oil or Ghee

Cut cheese into fine pieces.

Cook Mexican rice mix per directions. Cover and set aside.

Coat fish fillets with oil or ghee and then coat with blackened seasoning. Heat pan on stove high. When hot, add fillets and cook 3-5 minutes each side depending on thickness. Remove from from heat and rest for 2-3 minutes. Cut fish into small chunks.

Place rice, fish and cheese on tortilla and fold.

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08/03/2015 08:21AM  
My favorite recipe for grilled Salmon:

- Marinade the salmon filet in a gallon sized baggie with equal parts maple syrup, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar and put it in the refrigerator for one hour.

- Start the grill, when it's hot, brush a little oil on the grill, then place the salmon, skin side down, on the grill and cover. Lower the heat (I use a gas grill) and cook for 10 minutes.

Very tasty salmon filets. Combine with potato wedges, cooked on the grill in foil or in the oven, and your favorite green (asparagus, green beans, kale, etc.)
02/06/2016 01:35PM  
A basic breading variation for pan or deep frying. I got a little bored and add-libbed.
3/4 cup PLAIN white cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup buttermilk pancake mix (the 'just add water' kind
1/2 teaspoon of lemon pepper

Dredge wet fillets well and drop in hot oil of your choice. I use and iron skillet with 1/4 inch of oil. Salt as you flip them. On the second or third skilletfull I sprinkle with Zatarans Blackened Seasoning for an extra kick.
Very good on small scaled perch.
02/10/2016 02:45PM  
Clean and cut potatoes and carrot.
Boil Potatoes and carrots in water together until soft.

Fillet fish.
Chop onions into wedges, kabob size or smaller.
Fry fish with onion in oil.
Season with garlic salt and pepper.
Fish will break up as it is cooked, this is intended.

Serve fish and onion with potatoes and carrots.
Season potatoes and carrots with salt/pepper to taste.

Quick and easy, plus it only takes 1 pot and 1 pan. Potato water can be used to clean off and particles or grease and makes washing dishes much easier. Personally, I like this better with smallmouth than walleye, and is much better when there are no bones in the fish.
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07/05/2017 01:43PM  
I am planning on doing this recipe and substituting the chicken with fresh caught fish (and maybe adding crawfish if I can catch a few!). I've always loved the taste of a good paella and I've always loved the simplicity of foil packs. Now I get 'em both in one meal!

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08/23/2017 11:42AM  
quote doubledown: "I am planning on doing this recipe and substituting the chicken with fresh caught fish (and maybe adding crawfish if I can catch a few!). I've always loved the taste of a good paella and I've always loved the simplicity of foil packs. Now I get 'em both in one meal!


Tested...and it was awesome!

Made this paella as our final dinner and it was a tasty, filling meal to eat around the campfire. We planned to stay on a walleye lake but we ended up on a heavy smallmouth lake as all the sites were taken on the walleye lake. Even though I prefer walleye to smallmouth, it is fitting that smallmouth was used as paella is, by nature, a "whatever you've got on hand" kind of recipe.

In addition to the flavor, the best things about this recipe are it requires no dishes, the ingredients can be altered to what you want (to bring), and it is light-weight.

For those unfamiliar with paella, it's origins are humble...essentially, it is the coastal version of a shepherd's pie. I spent a lot of time in Spain after I graduated, and I came to love the many forms paella takes.

The link to the recipe gives a baseline for the recipe and how to cook it, but there are NO RULES on what you can/should put in it. For example, I brought several different types of dried herbs from my garden as well as sun-dried tomatoes. I opted with rice pilaf instead of "special rice" and just used water instead of wine/broth.

The only tip I'd give is to have two different types of meat (fish, crawfish, chorizo, salami, etc). Note that Spanish chorizo is different than Mexican chorizo. If you are unfamiliar with "Spanish" chorizo, it's basically what the child of pepperoni and genoa salami would look like so you could easily substitute with either.

11/27/2017 10:46AM  

Blackened walleye
Fast and easy
Made this with my camp stove and skillet at home last night.
02/04/2018 09:03PM  
Last summer our group of 6 made this with what we had left in our barrel and some smallmouth filets.

Blackening Seasoning
Ninja #8 (Sweet Ninja Brown Seasoning)
Fish Filets
Ramen or favorite rice noodles

-Cook and drain ramen (throw seasoning packet away) while someone else blackens fish. Mix butter in with ramen, then add and mix liberal amount of sriracha sauce. Dust finished noodles with Sweet Ninja Brown and top with blackened fish. Insanely easy and tasty.
02/07/2018 02:47PM  

2 of the biggest reasons we go to the Q
04/10/2018 08:20AM  
Green chili fish cakes


Baked Ritz walleye
04/16/2018 07:21AM  

Almond Walleye
04/17/2018 07:20AM  
AmarilloJim: "Green chili fish cakes


Baked Ritz walleye

Green Chili Fish cakes
1 pd cooked and flaked walleye
1/3 cup green chilis
4 or 5 green onions sliced thin
1/3 cup corn
1/2 diced red pepper
2 T mayo
1 or 2 eggs
1T Old Bay
1t cayenne
1/3 cup bread crumbs
make into cakes and dust with more bread crumbs

Ritz Walleye
pack filets into greased pan
crumble 1 sleeve of Ritz and 1/2 cup melted butter, mix
coat the top of the filets generously with cracker mix
(you may need to make more cracker mix depending on pan size)
Bake at 350 for 20-30 min until crackers are desired crunchiness

Jambalaya is Zatarans
Thinking of this in the Q
1lb Eckrich sausage
1 packet chicken
1lb fish (add fish last so as not to crumble too much into little bits)
1lb cooked crayfish tails

05/02/2018 07:21AM  
AmarilloJim: "
Almond Walleye"

Got this from a Walleye Insider about 15 yrs ago. Maybe my favorite way to cook walleye at home.
06/20/2018 02:41PM  
AmarilloJim: "

Blackened walleye
Fast and easy
Made this with my camp stove and skillet at home last night."

Finally got to field test!
Probably the easiest way I have made fish.
06/21/2018 06:56AM  

My favorite way to cook walleye is seasoned corn meal breading and peanut oil. But to save weight on paddling trips ... I find myself doing mostly doing “blackened” walleye. Awesome taste.

I use Parkay squeeze margarine and Old Bay or Prudomme to blacken.

What do you find works best to blacken walleye?

At home I use real butter to blacken but on extended 10 day to 2 week trips, real butter is not an option.
Guest Paddler
08/17/2018 12:22AM  
Instructions to Make It

Stage 1

Cook the rice as indicated by the packet bearings.

Stage 2

Liquefy the spread in an extensive pot over medium-high warmth. Include the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Stage 3

Include the wine, tomatoes, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stew for 3 minutes, until the point when the sauce has thickened somewhat.

Stage 4

Mix in the shrimp and stew until cooked through, around 4 minutes.

Stage 5

Include the spinach and mix until withered.

Stage 6

Spoon the rice into a serving dish or gap among plates. Top with the scampi and sprinkle with the tarragon.

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10/01/2018 08:56AM  

Fish chowder
1 packet Bear Creek creamy potato or wild rice soup
1 box Rice-a-roni wild rice
1 cup dehydrated corn
1 cup dehydrated carrot
1 cup dehydrated celery
1-2 pounds of 1/2" cubed LT or walleye(add last after everything else is rehydrated)
top with Old Bay
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07/03/2020 04:03PM  
Fish with a little kick.
Rinse and drain excess water from fillets.
Place fillets in a ziploc bag and add Frank's RedHot Sauce. Mix thorough.
Remove a fillet and place in House Autry breading. Turn until coated.
Fry in a pan.
Most of the heat from the Frank's cooks off and you're left with fish with just the right amount of kick.
04/07/2021 02:17PM  
My new favorite
Sprinkle lemon pepper liberally on both sides of fillet. Fry in butter or substitute. Serve.
Works best with lake trout but is excellent on all species.
07/13/2021 03:33PM  
Tuna Cakes
2.5 oz Package of Light Tuna in water
2 TBS Freeze Dried celery re-hydrated in a small amt of water
2-3 TBS bread crumbs
1 sleeve mayonnaise
1 tsp ketchup
2 pinches of onion powder
1 pinch of garlic powder, paprika, black pepper and cayenne
about 1 TBS OvaEasy egg powder.
Mix well. Add a little water if it looks too dry.
2 parts flour, 1 part corn starch, salt, pepper to coat
Form into 6 equal patties (about 2 inches) dredge in flour mixture. Fry in about 1 inch of melted crisco till browned.
Serve with lemon, tartar sauce or ketchup.
Could be made with a small amount of real fish, albacore tuna or packaged salmon.

07/20/2021 03:31PM  
Sweet and Sour Fish

Ingredients: One yellow onion, one red bell pepper, Minute Rice, Campbell's Skillet Sensations Sweet and Sour packet, instant tempura mix (it's a powder that comes in a bag and requires only water). Before leaving for the trip, you could dehydrate the onion and pepper after sautéing, but we like the fresh veggies at least once in a trip.

1) Cut fish (walleye or northern) into approximately 2-inch squares.

2) Mix up the tempura batter from the mix in a small pot and set aside.

3) Slice a red bell pepper and a yellow onion into strips. Sauté in pan with a little oil. When done to desired tenderness, add a little of the sweet and sour sauce from the Campbell's Skillet Sensations packet and set to side of fire to keep it warm.

4) Cook appropriate serving of Minute Rice and set to side of fire to keep it warm.

5) Heat oil in frying pan or pot. I usually heat about 1/2" in my 12" cast aluminum pan.

6) Throw 10 chunks (or the number that can fit in your frying pan without touching) of the fish into the tempura batter. Working quickly, remove chunks of fish from the batter one at a time and drop into the oil, being careful that the pieces don't touch. Fry fish until done, turning once to ensure browning on both sides. Remove onto paper towel when. Repeat until all fish chunks have been cooked.

7) Serve up the rice, veggies, and fish. Add more sweet and sour sauce to taste.
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