How To Cook Walleye When Going Camping? Easy And Simple Ways

Maybe a lot of people wonder how to cook walleye simply and quickly, but its flavor remains unchanged. When the walleye is cooked, its texture will become flaky and light. So, you can choose from different choices when you process the walleye. Some options favored by most of people include baking, stuffing, grilling, marinating, frying and breading.


Walleye cooked in the coals of the fire.

How to Cook the walleye Over a campfire?

You must be excited and will never forget the feeling of cooking, cleaning, or catching the fish. Moreover, maybe you do not want to waste your efforts on catching this type of valuable fish when you go camping next time. Therefore, to be able to enjoy a delicious walleye under campfire, you should consult some following effective methods. 

Frying The Fish

The most favored method worth mentioning first when you go camping is frying fish walleye. Some things you have to prepare before cooking fish include a pan, a spatula, a cooking grate, cooking oil (you can choose olive oil to ensure your health), as well as some breading if you want.

If you put walleye directly on the surface of a pan or the grill, it is better to oil the surface first and then, place walleye fish after the whole of the grill or a pan is hot.

For the type of fish with from 1 to one and a half inches thick, each side should be cooked in about two minutes. When you use a fork to be able to push it apart easily, and the flesh looks opaque and flakes, it means the fish is ready. 

Steamed Walleye

Steamed Walleye

Another method of cooking walleye is steaming. When following this method, you should make preparation for some liquid first such as white wine or chicken stock to put walleye into. Besides, you may also use the parchment paper or aluminum foil to wrap the fillets and then, put them into an oven under 400 degrees F. After about 10 minutes; walleye will steam. 

In addition, you also can make your walleye more aromatic by adding some ingredients with fish such as vegetables like cut cherry tomatoes or summer squash, herbs like chopped basil, as well as sliced garlic or leeks. 

Boiling the Fish

Cooking fish soup on the fire

You are a person who would like to enjoy the walleye with pure flavor, then boiling is possibly the best option. You need to prepare clean water first and cook it until the water boils. At that time, put the gutted fish into it. 

In general, fish need cleaning before cooking, but the majority of people want to the full flavor of fish, so the skin still remains.

Like other methods, you can check whether it is ready or not by using a knife or fork. It can be eaten as the meat flakes.

Besides, you also need to bring with some butter or seasoning in case your friends going with you do not like the taste. It may make the taste diluted. 

Poaching Options

Following this way, walleye will always be moist because it is cooked in liquid. Accordingly, you need to prepare a pot of water, then boil it. Meanwhile, you will poach pieces of walleye, steaks or fillets on the hop. After approximately 8 minutes, you can turn off fire. And remember to add some cream sauce or lemon butter after cooking.

Besides, you can use soup like corn chowder to poach your fish. If you apply the microwave poaching, you better prepare a mixture of grated fresh ginger, minced garlic, oil and soy sauce to marinate walleye in twenty minutes. For each side of walleye, it is advised to cook about two minutes under high temperature. 

Cooking in foil

When going camping, you can make choice of from various ways to cook walleye. One of the simple methods is cooking in foil. You just need a package to cover the fish, helping reduce both mess and preparation time. Moreover, ingredients to cook in foil is not complicated at all. 

Cooking Your Fish Over Coals

Cooking Your Fish Over Coals

Maybe many of you will get excited to cook fish over coals as camping. This method is also useful when you still feel hungry, but the fire is gone.

First, you have to gut the fish, but its skin needs to be kept to shield the meat while cooking. Then, through the fish lengthways, use a skewer to poke and put it directly over hot coals. Remember to turn walleye regularly to help make both sides evenly cooked.

Following this way, you do not have to wait so long until the walleye is flaky enough to enjoy. 

Best recipes to cook walleye

Recipe 1: Cooking in foil

Cooking in foil


  • Tongs
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Butter Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Pepper Seasoning
  • Cleaned Fish
  • Grill or Campfire 


First of all, what you must have is charcoal grill or a campfire. And when you finish packing your walleye, then it is time when coals are burnt down and available for use. 

You can clean the fish again if you suppose it isn’t cleaned enough. Depending on your favorite, you can select only fillets or the gutted fish without heads to cook.

Make sure that the aluminum foil you use is large enough to cover the whole fish. In addition, it is better if you get enough foil for wrapping the walleye twice.

After the preparation is complete, put the fish at the heart of the aluminum foil, then scatter garlic seasonings and lemon pepper on it. Furthermore, two tablespoons of butter may be added if you prefer.

Next, wrap the fish tightly and carefully to prevent the juices from flowing out during the cooking.

After starting the fire, you just need to wait. It is ready when the coals become red, that means it is hot. If using a campfire, you should place the fish that has been wrapped over hot coals.

For a charcoal grill, it is better to put it on a grill rack. Remember that you have to turn the fish over regularly to make it evenly cooked and suggested time for each side is about 5 minutes.

Use a fork to check whether the walleye fish is ready or not. In case you find it firm and flaked easily, it means you can enjoy it. Otherwise, cover it again and put it over the red-hot coals for more 5 minutes. 

Recipe 2: Traditional way on a stick, over a fire.

Fish cooked on wood stick over camping fire

If you do not want to bring with complicated things to serve cooking when camping, why don’t you try simple ones? Moreover, it is also interesting to follow the traditional method to cook fish which is “on a stick, over a fire.” One of the easiest methods to cook the fish is rotating it over fire. Nonetheless, because the flame is not steady enough, you have to make good preparation. 


After cleaning the fish, you should get rid of all its bones and backbone, making fish fit with a frame. You also should debark and remove leaves of sticks.

The remaining job is turning it over the fire until you find your fish ready.

It is certainly wonderful to enjoy your grilled fish with a glass of cold beer and boiled corn. 

Recipe 3: Frying walleye with honey

Frying Walleye With Honey


  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 2 cups of crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 45 – 50)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 – 6 walleye fillets (one and a half to 2 pounds)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


First, beat egg and add honey into the same bowl, then mix them well. Next, combine salt and crackers into a plastic box. Put the fish into the egg mixture and shake it in a box until fish is coated.

Afterwards, use a skillet including oil to cook fillets about 3 – 5 minutes each side or until they become golden. The fish will flake easily when you check with a fork. The fish can be combined with lemon wedges and serve 4 – 6 people.

Recipe 4: A good meal with garlic butter and fried walleye

Garlic Butter And Fried Walleye


  • 2 Ibs fillets of walleye
  • 2 well-beaten eggs
  • 3 cloves of cloves
  • Flour
  • Pepper and salt
  • Cracker of crumbs
  • 1/4 lb of butter
  • Cooking oil


First, marinate fish with pepper and salt, then dredge it in flour but remember to shake off excess.

Secondly, put beaten eggs you have prepared in a round plate and place crumbs in another plate, or if you like, you can place it on a special kind of paper so-called waxed paper.
Next, dip fish in egg before rolling in crumbs.

To cook more quickly, it is suggested to use a heavy skillet. Also, this skillet can help you to fry the fish with golden brown color. After that, place it on a platter which is warm.

Lastly, make use of the used skillet, add some butter and garlic to cook until you see they are golden enough. Again, pour the fish with the combination.

Recipe 5: Baked Walleye

Baked Walleye


  • 4 walleyed pike fillet
  • 6 -8 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1⁄3 cup mushroom (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • Pepper and salt


Before cooking, preheat your oven up to 350 degrees.

Dip fish in a combination of melted butter, salt, lemon juice and pepper.

After mix fish basic seasonings, place fish fillets into shallow baking pan.

Place mushrooms and onions over the top of fish, and the remaining butter mixture you can spoon over fish.

Bake at 350°F from 15 to 20 minutes. You can change time a little as soon as fish flakes.

Recipe 6: Caribbean Walleye

Caribbean Walleye


  • 3 pounds of fillets walleye
  • 4 chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of dark rum
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 limes have been juiced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper


First of all, you need to remove both bones and skin from fillets. Then, you should wash fillets under cool water, then dry it immediately.

Secondly, adjust the stove to medium-high temperature, heat the skillet and pour all ingredients into it until the amount of mixture reduces to 1/2 the initial amount.

Thirdly, remain the same temperature and grill fish from 3-4 minutes per side, remember to turn gently.

Lastly, just enjoy your meal by using sauce over fish

Recipe 7: Grilled Walleye

Grilled Walleye

A wonderful piece of information is that this fish recipe is suitable for any occasion. This walleye will taste extremely good if it is seasoned with toasted pecan mixture and a citrus butter.

  • Walleye fillets: 350 g/12 ounces
  • 1/4 cup of toasted pecans/60 ml
  • Soft butter: 2 tablespoons/30mL (not melted, but stored at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped (equal to 5ml)
  • Chives which is fresh
  • 2 teaspoons of orange juice (equal to 10ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt ( equal to 2.5 mL salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Firstly, mix chives, juice, butter and 1/2 of the pecans in a small bowl. Another half of chopped pecans is used for garnish after that.

Secondly, preheat grill to cook more quickly. Once it is hot, cut two inches into a piece of aluminum foil height about 12-inch square. You can spray with a spray nonstick or use a brush and place oil onto a grill. It depends on you.

Thirdly, put your fillets on the foil, sprinkle with a suitable amount of pepper and salt, then grill from 8 to 12 minutes. When the internal fish temperature reaches 140 degrees F or flakes easily, it means the fillets are done.

Lastly, it takes from two to three minutes before the fish is ready to eat with the pecan butter on the top. Once fish is done, remove it from heat and remove the remaining pieces of pecan over the top before enjoying. 

Recipe 8: Fried Potato Flake and Walleye Fillets

Fried Potato Flake And Walleye Fillets
  • 4 Walleye fillets in medium size and cut in pieces
  • 2 cups of instant potato flakes
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 1/3 cup of lard
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • Pepper 

First of all, mix milk, parsley flakes and eggs in a bowl.

Secondly, pour potato into a bowl

Thirdly, dip fillets into milk mixture or eggs before dipping it into flakes of potato

Lastly, fry it in a hot pan with a combination of butter and melted lard until it is brown.

Sum up

I am sure that you will find how to cook walleye becomes very simply now. It will be so great if you can catch fish and cook for yourself and your kids.

Above are some recipes for cooking walleye, hope they will help you to have a delicious meal over a campfire without wasting too much time. As a result, you can fully enjoy your attempts at fishing and cooking.

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Lucas Bryant

Hi, I’m Lucas Bryant and fishing is one of the most important parts of my life. I usually go fishing with my friends and have many fishing competition. That why I like to research and create many tips to get more fishes to win a race. I hope my experience will be useful for you.

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