Easy Air Fryer Walleye


Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total: 35 min

Serves 4

This recipe is a great alternative to deep fried fish fillets. They can also be adapted as a low sodium option by skipping the salt, or gluten free by using gluten free breadcrumbs instead of panko crumbs. Serve with oven baked potato wedges and a green vegetable and you’ve got a healthy replacement for fish and chips!

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  • 2 fresh walleye fillets (these may be labelled “pickerel” in store)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Optional: lemon for garnish


  1. Prepare the walleye fillets by removing any skin and gently patting with a clean tea towel to remove any moisture
  2. Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk
  3. To prepare the breadcrumb mixture – pour the panko crumbs into a bowl and add garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until the spices are evenly spread throughout the mixture
  4. Coat the fish by first dipping it in the egg, and then coating in the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure the fillets are fully coated with breadcrumbs on both sides
  5. Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray and place fillets inside
  6. Cook the fish at 190 degrees C for 12-15 minutes (cook times may differ slightly depending on air fryer model). Garnish with lemon if desired

Note: Walleye sometimes have very small bones that can be hard to see – check for these carefully before eating.

Note: If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a conventional oven as well, but cook times may be longer.

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