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Honey Fried Freshwater Pickerel

Pickerel are my favorite fish and now is the season to get them fresh. My daughter and her family went on a fly in fishing trip to Gammon River and came home with as many fillets as allowed. I was so happy to be the recipient of some of these delicious fish. My usual way to prepare them is really simple, I fry them in a bit of butter with salt and pepper to taste and a sprinkle of lemon juice on top. This time I decided to try something else and I may just have found a new favorite.
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup saltine crackers, crushed finely (approximately 18 crackers)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, increase amount if you like a little more heat
  • 4 pickerel fillets
  • Extra honey for drizzling
  • Lemon wedges.
  1. In a bowl, beat egg and honey.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cracker crumbs, salt, black pepper, and cayenne.
  3. Dip fillets in egg and honey mixture and then coat with crumb mixture.
  4. In a frying pan heat just enough oil to cover the bottom.
  5. Fry fish over medium high heat, 3 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily with a fork and has a nice golden brown color.
  6. Drizzle with extra honey and lemon. Serve with coleslaw or a salad.

This is my daughter Brenda with a nice catch of pickerel.


  1. What a great idea to use honey in the coating! I never would have thought of that and must try it.

  2. Thanks for the recipe...I enjoy pickeral also! You can't beat fresh just caught fish!

  3. I've never heard of this type of fish, I wonder would this batter work for other types of fish ? It sound so good.

    1. I believe pickeral and walleye are the same.

  4. I made this tonight. I was worried about the honey making the fish sweet- not the case at all. The only thing I did different was added all the seasoning to flour. First dredge fish in seasoned flour, second the honeyed eye and finally panko. I let the fish sit for 10 minutes, fried as per your instructions and OMG FABULOUS! Seasoned perfectly and super crunchy!


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