Baked Lemon-Thyme Walleye

• 4 large walleye fillets
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
• 4 lemons
• 1 large bunch of fresh thyme
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1 tablespoon olive oil


1. Begin by preheating your oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Rinse the walleye thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Slice 3 of the lemons into 1/4 inch slices and set aside. Juice one of the lemons into a large bowl, add the walleye and coat thoroughly. Set this aside to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients. DO NOT let marinate for more than 2-3 minutes or the lemon juice WILL cook the fish.

3. Mix together the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Heat your oven-proof pan over medium-high heat. When ready add oil and then butter and spread around to coat the bottom of the pan. Remove the walleye from the lemon juice and drain well, but don't pat dry. Give each walleye fillet a dusting with the seasoned flour and sear in oil and butter in oven-proof pan. When one side of the fish has a golden brown crust on it, remove fish from pan and place on plate, flipping the fish crust side up on the plate.

4. Now, line the entire bottom of your oven-proof pan with the sliced lemons and then spread your fresh thyme out over the top of the lemons. Then pour the remaining lemon juice marinate over the lemon slices and thyme. Now slide the fish back into the pan, crust side up, onto the lemon slices and thyme bed that you've created. Place the pan in the oven, uncovered, and cook until fish is white and flaky, usually 5-6 minutes. To serve, use a spatula and lift out whole pieces of fish on their bed of lemon and thyme and plate. Serve with a side of rice and roasted root vegetables.