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Walleye Cheek Dip garnished with cilantro, green onion and red bell pepper strips





Filleting Freshwater Fish

Filleting Freshwater Game Fish



Many people have told me that they don't like fish. All I can say to them is that they have probably never had really fresh fish that has been properly prepared. Here are some of my favorites recipes for you to try with your fresh catches!

R. Karl

Horseradish-Encrusted Whitefish
I once asked the chef at a very exquisite fine-dining restaurant if he would share with me his recipe for horseradish-encrusted whitefish -- an awesome dish!  
Walleye Meuneire
Although fairly simple, it is intimidating to most due to the flaming of the fish.  However, the flames can in fact be avoided if need be...
Bass Veronique
If you are a little adventurous and want to try a dish that is to die for, this one will do the trick. 
Italian-Style Northern Pike
Here is another great recipe idea for you to try; it’s kind of like an Italian stir-fry. The preparation is quick and easy and you’ll create big smiles of approval with the results...
Pickled Northern Pike
This recipe was submitted by Brenda & Don Granger, former owners of Driftwood Lodge Resort on Lake Kabetogama. 
Mesquite-Grilled Margarita Pike
Here is one of my all-time favorite recipes for northern pike -- especially pike with the y-bones removed.  It was inspired by the many foods I've come to love that are prepared in a Spanish style...
Kab Cakes
This is a great way to use any single fish or combination of fish!  The cakes have an outstanding flavor and are easy to make.  The ecipe can also be made in advance and then assembled at the last minute! 

Fish Tacos
Now, I had heard of – and seen on several menus – fish tacos, but I had never tasted any.  Sounded a bit strange at first, but the idea grew on me and I decided to try to make some.  I’m glad I did, because the results were incredibly good and the recipe is really easy:

Fried Northern Pike with Clam Chowder

Pan-Fried Fish
Did you ever wonder what to do with all those broken potato or tortilla chips that fall to the bottom of the bag?  They're too small to eat and usually they just get thrown away.  Well, here's a way to keep from wasting them. 

Walleye Cheek Dip
The main ingredient - walleye "cheeks" - is one that is normally tossed out after the fillets are removed from the fish.  These morsels are considered to be the "fillet mignon" of the walleye. 
Fish Stock
All you will need are some fresh fish carcasses, gutted, gilled and rinsed, maybe a bit of chicken bouillon and water. If you are on the lake with kitchen facilities, the task is pretty simple: ask the dock boy. The carcasses normally get thrown away… what a waste!





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