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The Art of Catch & Cook: 3 Mouth-Watering Recipes to Try

Impress your friends and family with these delicious recipes that will have them begging for seconds.

Perfectly fried, golden brown fillets of Perch and Walleye

Are you ready to take your ice fishing game to the next level? There’s nothing quite like catching a fresh walleye or panfish, bringing it home, and whipping up a delicious meal for your family and friends. If you’re looking for some tasty ways to cook your catch, we’ve got you covered with 3 of our favorite ice fishing recipes.


How Many Fish Do You Need?

Conservation is an essential aspect of responsible fishing practices. Selective harvesting and taking only the fish you need for your meal are important considerations for anglers who want to protect fish populations and preserve our aquatic ecosystems. Selective harvesting means releasing fish that are not the right size or maybe too large, species or sex, or those that are already injured or stressed. Taking only the fish you will eat for your meal ensures that you don't waste any fish, and helps prevent over-fishing. These practices not only benefit the environment, but also ensure that future generations can enjoy fishing as much as we do today. So, let's all do our part to protect our fisheries and preserve our natural resources.

Now that we've covered the importance of conservation and responsible fishing practices, let's move on to the fun part: consumption! Impress your friends and family with these delicious recipes that will have them begging for seconds...and remember, it's not only fun, it's smart to get your kids involved!


Fried Fish coated in Shore Lunch Brand Breading Mix

This classic recipe is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of panfish or walleye fillets

  • 1 box of Shore Lunch Original Fish Breading/Batter Mix

  • 4 eggs, beaten or 1 cup of milk

  • Oil for frying

Panfried Walleye with Shore Lunch Breading Mix

Directions:

  1. Cut fillets into 4” pieces and pat dry.

  2. Pour oil into a large skillet and preheat oil to 350°F.

  3. Place dry batter mix and egg or milk into separate shallow bowls.

  4. For best results, moisten fish pieces in egg or milk and immediately dredge in dry batter mix, pressing to coat all sides thoroughly.

  5. Carefully place fish pieces in preheated oil. Oil should cover fish pieces about halfway. Avoid overcrowding.

  6. Fry each side until done, about 2-3 minutes, turning once. Fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

  7. Remove cooked fish pieces from oil and drain on paper towels. For the crispiest texture, let fish stand for 1-2 minutes before serving.


A brown paper bag absorbs oil from the deep fryer

Franks Red Hot Fried Fish

For those who like a bit of spice in their life, try this recipe for Franks Red Hot Fried Fish.


Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs of panfish or walleye fillets

  • 12 oz Franks Buffalo Wings Sauce (or any flavor you prefer)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal

  • 1 tsp table salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Cut fish into 2-3 bite-sized pieces and pat dry with a paper towel.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the fish and Franks sauce, ensuring all the fish is covered. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

  3. In another large bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper.

  4. Heat up oil in a saucer pan to 300-350 degrees.

  5. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture until completely coated.

  6. Place fish in the hot oil and cook until golden brown.

  7. Remove cooked fish from the oil and place on a plate with a paper towel to remove excess oil.

  8. Enjoy!


Walleye Wings and Cheeks

Fish Tacos

If you’re feeling adventurous, try this recipe for delicious fish tacos.

Ingredients:

  • 6-9 crappie fillets

  • 1 1/3 cup cornmeal

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • Tortillas

  • Coleslaw or lettuce

  • Avocado or guacamole

  • Lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.

  2. Dredge crappie fillets in the cornmeal mixture until they are coated.

  3. Heat up oil in a pan to medium-high heat.

  4. Fry the fillets until they are golden brown and crispy.

  5. Serve fillets on a warm tortilla with coleslaw or lettuce, avocado or guacamole, and lime wedges.

A Mille Lacs Jumbo Perch - Eater Size

In conclusion, there are plenty of ways to cook your ice fishing catch that are both delicious and easy to make. These three recipes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cooking your catch, so don't be afraid to get creative and try out new things. Who knows, you might just discover your new favorite recipe!


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