09 Jul

Fresh Pickerel, My Son and a Fine Chardonnay!

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My recipe for ‘Fish & Chips’…and a fulfilling life: Fresh Pickerel, my son, and a fine Chardonnay.

This summer I tackled one of my “bucket list items for Father’s Day”.
I trapped my son in a boat for the weekend, and we actually talked and caught fish. No computers, no cell phones. Just he and I, a conversation, and a boat full of fish for dinner. And afterwards, washed it all down with a lovely Chardonnay while we feasted on the rewards of our endeavours.

Our version of fish & chips. Easy and decadent!

Here’s how we cook fresh Pickerel (or Walleye) up north on our fishing trips in Quebec…and at home in Ontario.

  • Fresh Pickerel filleted or cut into one inch squares
  • Milk
  • 1 egg
  • Mr. Crisp ‘Cajun’ fish breading
    Note:  Pickerel is sometimes hard to find and expensive. If you like, use Tilapia or other white meat fish.


  • Beat 1 egg and milk in a bowl.
  • Pour on a large plate the Mr. Crisp Cajun breading.
  • Dip the fish into the egg and milk mixture then roll in the Mr. Crisp breading and place in a clean bowl.
  • In a deep pan pour about an inch of canola oil. (Do not use any oil but canola).
  • Heat to about 375F or Medium to high heat. Test by flicking a couple of drops of water into the oil. If it crackles, then it’s hot enough.
  • Then gently place fish in the heated oil with tongs and cook until crispy light brown. Turn over to make sure both sides are light brown and crispy. When done place on some paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Great with French fries or onion rings. Goes well with Chardonnay or even a Sauvignon Blanc.

Bon Appetite!

Amazing how many fish you can catch when you're not talking on your cell phone!

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6 Comments on “ Fresh Pickerel, My Son and a Fine Chardonnay! ”

  1. Welly July 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Looks a little over ‘the Limit’, guys. Only one way to cook ‘freshly caught’ pickerel. Pan fried in butter!

  2. Judy Smith July 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Good grief, is that JACK! He’s growed up, and he has muscles too! Where’d baby Jack go?! (and lots of very nice fish too!)

  3. Craig July 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Time flies when you’re having fun!

  4. Craig July 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Six fish each, you just can’t see the guy taking the picture. I never mess with the Quebec ministry guys!

  5. WilliamDelt May 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Looking forward to reading more. Great article post. Keep writing.

  6. Craig May 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Glad you enjoyed William.


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