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Season 1 Episode 10

Walleye

Season 1

Season 1 Episode 10

Shore Lunch of Walleye, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw and Crispy Potatoes

Chef Andrew Zimmern prepares the ultimate shore lunch of fried walleye filets, served with a tangy homemade tartar sauce, coleslaw and crispy fried potatoes.


Serves: 4


Shore Lunch of Walleye, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw and Crispy Potatoes

Print Recipe

Tartar Sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Andrew Zimmern’s French Kiss Seasoning (or your favorite mixed dried herb seasoning)
  • 4 tablespoons sweet pickle, minced
  • 3 tablespoons capers, minced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, minced

Coleslaw

  • 5 cups thinly shaved cabbage, tossed with 2 tablespoons salt and left to drain in a colander for 6 hours
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, minced
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • Sea salt and black pepper

The Fish

  • 3 quarts vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds walleye or whitefish filets, trimmed and cut into 3-to-5-ounce filets
  • Ground white pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 cups flour, seasoned very well with salt and ground white pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers, pulsed in food processor

Potatoes

  • 4 Idaho baking potatoes, baked and refrigerated overnight

Directions

  1. First, start salting and draining the cabbage in the morning. Then make the tartar sauce. Add the yolks, vinegar and mustard to a food processor and pulse. In a thin stream, emulsify the canola oil into this mixture with the food processor running. Next, add the olive oil in a thin stream to emulsify. Place mayo in a mixing bowl and add the lemon juice and zest, seasoning mix, sweet pickle, capers and parsley. Refrigerate until chilled while you finish cooking.

    Shore Lunch of Walleye, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw and Crispy Potatoes
  2. Next make the coleslaw. Gently squeeze the moisture out of the cabbage. Place in a mixing bowl and add the mayonnaise, shallot, sugar, celery seed, dry mustard, parsley, celery and carrot. Stir to combine, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate while you cook the fish and potatoes.
  3. Heat your oil to 375 degrees F in a deep pot or Dutch oven.
  4. Season the fish pieces with white pepper and salt. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture. Dip into the beaten eggs, coating well, and then into the Ritz cracker breadcrumbs. Fry the fish pieces in batches until golden brown, about 5 minutes. As the fish come out of the fryer, season with salt.

    Shore Lunch of Walleye, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw and Crispy Potatoes
  5. For the potatoes, break the cold baked potatoes with your hand for a rustic look or cut into steak fry shapes. Fry until golden brown and very crispy, about 6 minutes. Drain on paper towel, season with salt. You can fry the potatoes at the same time you fry the fish if your pot is large enough.
  6. Serve the walleye and potatoes with the coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon wedges.

    Shore Lunch of Walleye, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw and Crispy Potatoes


    Shore Lunch of Walleye, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Coleslaw and Crispy Potatoes
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