November 07, 2008

Baked Walleye

baked walleye

What a week it has been! While watching the results come in, we had a little celebration of our own with friends and the next few days were spent in euphoria and excitement. At work, on phone, on chat or casual conversation, it all revolved around the magic of Nov 4. This weekend is going to be busy continuing that celebration.

But before I become too busy with that preparation, I want to tell you about this delicious fish that I made for weekday dinner. We recently saw Walleye at a local grocery store and the man at the counter pointed out that Walleye is a great lake fish that they get only sometimes. So we got a fillet and since it was so fresh, I decided to bake it with spices and vegetables. The fish was firm and flaky and it absorbed all the delicious flavors of the spices and veggies it was cooked with. You can substitute this fish with any firm white fish.

1 fillet Walleye
2 tomatoes - pureed
1 medium onion - sliced
2 -3 cloves garlic - grated
2 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
5-8 peppercorns
7-8 olives sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
1 tbspoon Olive oil
Salt to taste
small bunch cilantro - chopped for garnish

Rub the fish with salt and turmeric and let it sit for 20 min. Then heat a deep bottomed pan and shallow fry the fish lightly. Set it aside.

Preset the oven to 300 deg F and then saute the ginger, onion and pureed tomatoes in a pan. Then add the spices and stir in white wine and let it cook for 3-4 till it becomes a smooth sauce. Add in the mushrooms and olives and cook for another couple of minutes.

Now put the fish in baking dish spoon the sauce all over the fish and let it cook for 15-20 min till the fish is cooked.

baked walleye-1

Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve warm.


  1. Delicious looking fish. Would love to taste them...

  2. Havent heard about this fish..Sounds delicious..

  3. Dont know much about fish, but I cook up something for hubby sometimes. I guess I will try this with Atlantic Salmon! We get a lot of that here in Sydney

  4. I have never had this fish,, but with all those ingridients it had to tast yumm. Love the pic too.

  5. Mandira, that is one delicious looking fish. the sauce while baking would keep the fish nice and moist.

  6. First time I've heard of this dish. Looks delicious the way you have prepared it here.

  7. Haven't heard of or tried this type of fish before, Mandira. I love the way you've prepared it, too. Looks colorful and tasty! :)

  8. Walleye is new to me too. Weird coincidence that I'm just about to make grilled fish for dinner too.

  9. This looks absolutely WOW!
    kerokhom khete lage eyi fish, amader Rui macher Moton Ki?
    arey template change korecho ,khob bhalo look escheche re..
    hugs and smiles

    Forget to add pic is beautiful, just like a cookbook type..

  10. Never heard about this fish! the only fresh water i get is the boring catfish & tilapia & rui from desi stores.

    Very nice way of cooking it!

  11. Cilantro, Divya V, Dibs, Happy Cook, Indo, Cynthia, Kalai, Mallika, Jaya, Soma - thanks! This is like cod, catfish and tilapia but flakier and I felt sweeter, but it could be that the fish was really fresh. It absorbs all the flavors you are cooking with, so works out well in desi curry. Do try and let me know how it turns out.

  12. I tried this yesterday with big sized rohu peti pieces.Did not add the olives as I did not know if bottled ones would work or do I need fresh ones.
    Did not have white wine, so added a little water of home made paneer .. got a slightly creamy texture.
    Thanks for the lovely recipe.:-)

  13. I haven't seen Walleye here in NYC, but I am dying to try this with some halibut or Cod. The Walleye looks really flaky and delicious.

  14. Nov. 4th was a very exciting day!!! Your baked walleye looks great, walleye is a great tasting fish!


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