R. Karl's Mesquite-Grilled Margarita Pike Recipe

Northern Pike seem to lend themselves well to being prepared in a variety of ways.  This is especially true if they are fresh.  But even after lengthy freezing, they will still maintain a very good flavor if soaked in a mixture of egg and milk for a few hours prior to cooking. 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.

Margarita Pike

Not sure how to fillet northern pike? Check out my step-by-step instructions.  


  • 1 Fresh Northern Pike (any size, but a 3-4 pound fish works best)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Lime juice from 1/4 fresh lime
  • Splash of tequila
  • Garlic powder
  • Chile powder
  • Cumin
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Hot Pepper Flakes (only for the stoutest of taste buds)
  • Mesquite chips


Soak about one cup of Mesquite Chips in water. While the chips are soaking, coat both sides of the fillets with oil. Squeeze half of the lime juice on each fillet. Sprinkle rib cage side with tequila and the remainder of the above-listed ingredients. Allow to marinate for about an hour.

Marinating the Pike fillets

Fire up your favorite grill.  It would be helpful here if you have a fish grill grate (keeps the fish from falling through). When the fire is hot, add the wet mesquite chips to the coals of the grill. 

When things get good and smoky, lay the pike fillets on the grill rib cage side down.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, turn and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  DO NOT OVER-COOK!  The fillets should still be moist and tender.

The grilled fillets

To accompany the fish, we made a sauce of sautéed onions, mango and red grapes. A little cayenne pepper can be added for some additional heat.

Mango Salsa

Serving sugggestions: Try serving with R. Karl's Spanish Rice and Heidi's Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing.  

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