It may have taken you all day to land that fish, and you’re tired of the same old baked-fish-with-cracker-crust routine. Honor your day’s ice fishing catch with one of these four delicious but simple recipes that are sure to wow fishing buds and family alike.
Courtesy of Shel Zolkewich
Inspired by a dish served at the Shining Falls Lodge in Manitoba, we agree with Shel Zolkewich that this appetizer is seriously something special. If making for a group, be sure to get your fill because it’s sure to disappear lightening-fast!
- 2 walleye filets
- ½ teaspoons dried dill (or 2 teaspoons fresh dill)
- 3 – 4 whole peppercorns
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon chipotle hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- ½ lemon
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a small frying pan, poach filets in 1 cup of water seasoned with dill and peppercorns for about 4 minutes. When done poaching, fish will be white. Remove fish from water and let dry on a plate covered with a paper towel.
- Combine softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, hot sauces, parsley and chives. Mix well. Mix in fish. Pour mixture into glass pie plate.
- Bake dip mixture for 10 – 15 minutes. If you prefer the top of the dip to be crispy, broil for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove dip from oven, and squeeze lemon over the top. Serve with hard crackers or torn bread.
Lake Erie Perch Chowder
Courtesy of Hank Shaw at Hunter * Angler * Gardener * Cook
We confess: We love all of Hank’s recipes. This chowder recipe that he came up with is especially delicious because it’s got that bite of kielbasa in it. This recipe serves 8 – 10.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large yellow or white onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 ½ pounds Yukon Gold or other waxy potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 quart of fish or clam stock
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon marjoram
- Salt & black pepper
- 1 ½ pounds skinless yellow perch fillets, cut into chunks
- 6 – 8 ounces Polish kielbasa, sliced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh dill or parsley
- 1 cup sour cream, served tableside
- In a Dutch oven or other heavy pot, melt butter over medium heat. When it stops frothing, add onion and cook gently until soft and translucent.
- Add the potatoes and coat with butter. Cook 1 – 2 minutes to let the butter absorb. Sprinkle potatoes with salt.
- Add stock, water, and marjoram to pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Once potatoes are tender, add perch and kielbasa. Simmer another 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the fresh dill or parsley.
- Ladle chowder into bowls and let everyone add sour cream to taste at the table. Serve with plenty of beer and crusty bread.
Baked Stuffed Pike
Courtesy of Linda Gabris at Western Sportsman
If you’re not catching pike, this recipe also works for trout, walleye, or salmon. If you’re cooking any fish smaller than 6lbs, adjust the amount of stuffing accordingly.
- 6 lbs whole dressed Pike (if you prefer, remove head and tail)
- 2 tablespoons butter
Nutty Rice Stuffing
- 1 cup wild rice, cooked according to package instructions
- ½ cup fine breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons finely diced celery
- ¼ cup sliced green onions
- ¼ cup ground almonds
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
- In a small bowl, mix together cooked rice, breadcrumbs, celery, green onions, almonds, lemon, zest, and basil.
- If cooking at home, preheat oven to 350°F. If cooking outside, stoke campfire so it burns hot and has plenty of hot embers.
- Lightly stuff your dressed fish with the rice stuffing. Place remaining stuffing on bottom of baking pan or, if outdoors, on a large sheet of buttered aluminum foil. Lay fish on top of stuffing. Dot fish with remaining butter.
- If cooking at home, cover baking pan with a lid and bake fish in the oven for 40 minutes. If cooking over a campfire, securely wrap fish in foil and place over embers, turning often until fish is flaky (about 40 minutes).
- When done baking, slip off skin from fish and discard. Garnish fish with lemons and dill.
Grilled Trout with Clementine, Scallion & Ginger
Courtesy of Food for Hunters
What we love about this Asian-inspired recipe is that you can make it right out on the ice. Just remember to bring along the grill! We recommend preparing the scallion & ginger sauce at home, so you can be eating gourmet in the great outdoors in no time. This recipe serves 2.
- 2 whole pan-sized trout, scaled and gutted
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 2 green onions, 1 chopped and 1 sliced in half lengthwise
- Oil, for brushing
- 1 clementine orange (or tangerine), peeled and segmented
Ginger Scallion Sauce
- 2 tablespoons of peanut oil
- 3 green onions, white and green parts minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
- ¼ cup of low sodium soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of white sugar
- 1 Thai (bird’s eye) chili, thinly sliced
- Prepare grill to high heat. In a small saucepan, combine peanut oil, minced green onions and green ginger. Warm up mixture for a few minutes, but make sure not to brown it. Pour green onion mixture jar into a small glass jar. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and Thai chili to the mixture in the glass jar. Shake well and set sauce aside for later use.
- Rinse trout under cold water and pat dry. Brush the skin and cavity with oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Stuff the fish with clementine wedges, sliced green onion, and a drizzle of that ginger scallion sauce you prepared. Note: For the clementine wedges, make sure to peel the skin off each slice so the wedges release more juices during grilling.
- Clean grill grates. Brush oil over grates, so the trout won’t stick to them. Place stuffed trout over the grates and cook for 3 – 5 minutes on each side until cooked through and slightly charred. Note: Depending on the size of your fish and how well your grill conducts heat, cooking time may vary.
- Transfer cooked fish to plates. Drizzle with more ginger scallion sauce and garnish with chopped green onion.
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