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Bacon Wrapped Walleye

March 1, 2016
By Michael Gordon , Ohio Valley Outdoors

I don't think I ever recalled anyone saying they didn't like bacon. Even though bacon has been around a long time, I think it is actually gaining in popularity. I have heard of and even tried bacon and maple donuts! Bacon and chocolate sundaes and even bacon flavored coffee.

So why not combine a favorite fish with a favorite meat? Bacon wrapped walleye is my new favorite go-to dinner when I want to shake up the dinner party a bit. I'm fortunate to be able to catch my own walleye each year, but walleye is available at the market place quite regularly. Sometimes it is a little pricey but if you love the sweet taste of fresh walleye it is well worth it.

Combining the two favorites makes for a delicious treat. The smoky sweetness of good bacon and the delicate fresh tasting walleye go together like pie and ice cream.

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Why not combine a favorite fish with a favorite meat? Bacon wrapped walleye is a new favorite go-to dinner when you want to shake up the dinner party. Photo courtesy of Michael Gordon

This dish can either be prepared in the oven or grilled outside. I have done both and they are equally delicious but I prefer to roast the walleye in the oven. I use a wooden skewer to thread the filet on then wrap the whole thing in bacon. A little trick I came up with is to slightly boil the bacon first; this renders some of the fat out and precooks it allowing the bacon to get crispy before the fish over cooks.

If you want to grill the skewer just be sure to not overcook and burn the bacon. Smoking them also works but cooking them in the oven and then slightly brushing them with a favorite bbq sauce, apricot glaze or preserve is well worth it. This is a very simple and quick recipe that will be sure to wow them at your next dinner. This is how to do it:


First start by soaking 8 bamboo skewers in water for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


3 pounds of cleaned walleye filets, cut into 6 oz. strips

8 strips of quality bacon

8 fresh sage leaves


Proceed by skewering the filets onto the skewers length wise. Place a sage leaf on each skewer and then wrap securely with the bacon strip. Place the wrapped filets in a glass baking dish. I like to spray the dish with non stick spray to keep the bacon from sticking. Bake the walleye and bacon for about 25 minutes. When the bacon is crispy the fish will be done. Like I mentioned before, if you like you can enhance the flavor by brushing on some bbq or glaze, 3 minutes before removing from the oven.

A pan full of crispy fried potatoes and grilled asparagus would be awesome.



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