Outdoor grilling AND walleye season are both in full swing! Walleye can be found now in the near shore waters of Lake Erie between Vermilion and Avon Point. Got a cooler full of fresh walleye? Lucky you! How about grilling up something a bit different? This recipe is not too difficult and a family favorite (even among kids who aren’t known to cheer when told fish is on the menu!). If you want the freshest walleye, catch your own. You can hire a great, local charter captain who will make sure your cooler is full.

Grilled Walleye Tacos

Feeds 3–4

1lb fresh Lake Erie walleye fillet
corn or flour tortillas, or pita

¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup chopped white onion
dash of chili pepper
3 tbsp. lime juice
3 tbsp. orange juice
½ mango, diced
1 tsp. dried oregano
¼ cup olive oil

Combine marinade ingredients and mix

1. Combine mixed marinade ingredients into resealable plastic bag or baking dish, add walleye fillets, mix, chill and marinate for 1 hour. (while walleye is marinating, prepare Mango Salsa as directed below)

2. Place walleye on grill (in foil) with some of the marinade and cook on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes per side. Or, I prefer to use an indoor/George Foreman Grill and cook 7 minutes.

3. Warm corn or flour tortillas or pita.

4. Spoon walleye into tortilla and serve topped with mango salsa.

Mango salsa ingredients

Mango salsa

1  mango, pitted and diced
4 stem tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup red onion, chopped
½ cup cucumber, diced
½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
3 tablespoons of olive oil

Combine ingredients into medium bowl and stir gently. Refrigerate for at least a half hour to combine flavors.

Mango salsa, mixed

Wine pairings: Serve with a local, dry white wine. Suggestions: 2008 Chardonnay from Klingshirn Winery or Viognier from Paper Moon Vineyards. Or, enjoy with a cold beer or lemonade.

posted by lorain at 4:04 pm

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