In the mood for a delicious fish dinner? This Baked Walleye with White Wine Sauce is a perfect main course for a healthy dinner. This is a walleye dish that is cooked to flakey perfection with a buttery white wine sauce that makes the fish shine. Not only does it taste great and is healthy, but it is also very simple and done in just 30 minutes. Give our Baked Walleye Recipe with White Wine Sauce a try.
Baked Walleye with White Wine Sauce Summary
It really does not get much easier than this dish. Add 16 ounces of cleaned walleye to a 9x13 glass baking dish. Add the rest of our ingredients to the dish and put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 400° Farenheit. That is it.
Right before serving the walleye, pour the sauce it was baked in right over it. It would go great with a side of rice or perhaps some boiled potatoes. Green beans or zucchini would make a great vegetable to go along with this baked walleye.
What is Walleye?
Walleye is a freshwater fish that is commonly found in Canada and the Northern USA. For those of us that live in the North Dakota and Minnesota regions, it is the primary game fish for sport. When I go fishing, we may catch other fish, but often we are targeting walleye.
We are no stranger to walleye at Ramshackle Pantry. Check out this Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Homemade Sriracha Baja Sauce recipe if you are looking for another walleye recipe.
Size of Walleye Fillets
The fillets I picture are rather large and about 8 ounces a piece. If you are serving a full meal, 4 ounces would be considered a serving, so each of these fillets provides two servings.
Some walleye fillets are smaller. If you are in this boat, it can impact your cooking time. Remember that for white fish, the safe cooking temp is 145° Fahrenheit. So, no matter the size of the walleye, 145° Fahrenheit is what you need to hit.
What Kind of White Wine To Use?
This really is a matter of personal preference, but I am using a Kirkland Chardonnay. The price is right and particularly when it comes to baking, I don’t get too picky about the brand of wine I am using.
Other kinds of white wine that work well for this fish sauce are Pinot Grigio or Savignon Blanc. You don’t need to bust your budget to make a great white wine sauce and there are plenty of options for great wines to use in this recipe.
I am a bit of a minimalist when it comes to seasoning and that shows itself in this recipe. The fish is really the star of this show. White wine and butter are the costars.
The ingredients on the main stage have a great supporting cast of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and shallots. This ensemble helps to make a great baked walleye and a delicious sauce to ladle over your final plating.
Baked Walleye Cooking Tips
- Our instructions call to bake for 20 minutes but use a meat thermometer to make sure the walleye hits an internal temperature of 145° Farhenhight.
- If you increase the amount of fish, use 1 Tablespoon of butter for every 4 ounces of fish.
- Spread the garlic and shallots evenly over the entire dish. We want some of these bits directly on the fish, but also right in the sauce.
- Don’t break the bank on the wine you use. A nice, inexpensive Chardonnay works great for this.
- Consider serving with boiled potatoes and steamed vegetables for a nice dinner.
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A flakey fish dinner, this Baked Walleye with White Wine Sauce is packed with flavor. The buttery wine sauce covers colorful, spiced fish fillets and provides a comforting and calorie-conscious dinner.
- 16 Ounces Walleye fillet
- 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tablespoons shallots, minced
- ½ cup White Wine, such as chardonnay
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
- Lemon, to garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Place fish in appropriate baking dish (I use a 9x13 glass baking dish)
- Add white wine
- Add salt, pepper, and paprika evenly over fish
- Spread garlic and shallots evenly over entire dish
- Spread chunks of butter evenly over fish
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the thickest part of the fish reaches 145° Fahrenheit.
- Plate and spoon sauce over fish.
- Serving Size: 4 Ounces
- Calories: 239 Calories
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 62 mg
- Fat: 13 g
- Saturated Fat: 7 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Protein: 22 g
- Cholesterol: 128 mg
Keywords: baked walleye