Hunting and Fishing News & Blog Articles

Stay up-to-date on hunting, fishing and camping products, trends and news.
Font size: +
2 minutes reading time (379 words)

Pan-Fried Northern Pike Recipe

Pan-Fried Northern Pike Recipe


  • 4 northern pike fillets
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or cornmeal
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Prepare the Fillets:
    • Begin by filleting the northern pike, removing the skin and any bones. Rinse the fillets under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut them into smaller, manageable portions, if desired.
  2. Dredging Station:
    • Set up a dredging station with three shallow dishes. In the first dish, place the flour. In the second dish, add the beaten eggs. In the third dish, combine the breadcrumbs (or cornmeal), salt, pepper, and paprika (if using). Mix the breadcrumb mixture thoroughly.
  3. Dredge the Fillets:
    • Dip each pike fillet into the flour, coating both sides and shaking off the excess.
    • Next, dip the fillet into the beaten eggs, ensuring it's well coated.
    • Finally, press the fillet into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure it's evenly coated. Place the coated fillet on a plate or tray.
  4. Heat the Oil:
    • In a large skillet, add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of around 350-375°F (175-190°C). You can check the oil's readiness by dropping a breadcrumb into the oil; if it sizzles and floats, it's hot enough.
  5. Fry the Pike:
    • Carefully place the breaded pike fillets into the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the fillets are golden brown and the fish is cooked through. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  6. Drain and Serve:
    • Use a slotted spatula or tongs to remove the fried pike fillets from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  7. Serve:
    • Serve the pan-fried northern pike hot, garnished with lemon wedges. It pairs well with your choice of side dishes, such as coleslaw, mashed potatoes, or a green salad.

This pan-fried northern pike recipe is a simple and tasty way to enjoy the flavor of this freshwater fish. You can customize it with your preferred seasonings and side dishes to suit your taste.

Snowbird Escapes: 70 New Sun Belt Good Sam Campgro...
The Old Warrior