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What To Serve With Walleye – 15 Best Side Dishes

This article was updated on the 19th of August 2023 for clarity and freshness.

If you’re wondering what to serve with your walleye, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for walleye.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with walleye are a nice veggie rice pilaf, green bean almondine, and Greek potato wedges. You can also serve creamy broccoli slaw and Caprese roasted asparagus. For fun salad options, try kale Caesar salad, roasted corn and edamame, or a classic wedge salad.

For each side dish, I’ve provided alternative options to cater to various diets and lifestyles, including vegan, quick and easy, and health-conscious options.

Great Flavor Pairings For Walleye

Walleye is a freshwater fish that originally comes from Canada and Northern United States. It’s delicate and flaky when cooked, with a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

  • Citrus/acidic flavors: Fruits like lemon, lime, or orange bring a fresh, zesty kick that helps brighten up the mild flavor of walleye. You can also try making a white wine-based sauce to add an acidic twist.
  • Spicy flavors: You can add bold spices or hot chili peppers to infuse the mildly-flavored fish with a spicy kick. Although you’ll have to be careful with how much you add because they can easily overpower the fish’s natural flavor.
  • Creamy flavors: Cooking walleye in butter or serving it with a creamy sauce is an easy way to add decadence to a lean protein. You can even infuse the cream sauces with herbs and garlic for an added savory note.


Lean proteins like walleye are the perfect opportunity to whip up a heavy, starchy side dish. You can’t go wrong with a rice pilaf, or a creamy, cheesy pasta dish.

Greek Potato Wedges

5.0 ⭐️ (19 ratings) | 1 hr

If you’re frying your walleye, it’s a no-brainer to serve it with fries like the Brits do. But why not shake things up and whip up a batch of these potato wedges instead?

They’re thicker than your traditional French fries, so you’ll get more potato goodness. And they’re roasted with dried herbs and olive oil, so they’re extra crunchy.

If that’s not enough, this recipe also includes a dill and lemon yogurt sauce that helps round out the meal.

Pro-tip: For best results, use Yukon gold potatoes, russet potatoes, or sweet potatoes.

What readers are saying…

“Easy to make and simply delicious! I used russet potatoes because they were on hand. Recommended.”

“The whole family loved them!!! The potatoes just soaked up all the delicious juice n crisped up so perfectly at the end!”

“These were so flavorful and delicious and easy to make. I did mine in the air fryer to speed them up!”

Air fryer French Fries
😇 Baked Jicama Fries
🧀 Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Mac and Cheese

4.5 ⭐️ (373 ratings) | 25 mins

Transform your fried walleye into the ultimate comfort meal with a serving of this mac and cheese.

It may sound like a weird combination at first, but you’ll be surprised when you try it. The luscious cheese sauce complements the mildness of the fish, making each bite extra tasty.

This recipe uses sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Pecorino Romano, but you can switch things up and use other kinds of cheese like Pepper Jack, Gruyere, or Fontina!

What readers are saying…

“Will definitely be making this again for family gatherings. Love that I can make an hour ahead, wash all the dishes, and have it ready and hot.”

“I’m so glad I stumbled on this one! I learned the perfect bechamel method and got the absolute creamiest sauce with zero graininess!”

“Sooo impressed with this recipe!! Simple and absolutely delicious! Took no time to whip up…”

🥘 Southern-style Baked Mac and Cheese
🍠 Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
🌱 Cauliflower Cheese

Veggie Rice Pilaf

5.0 ⭐️ (6 ratings) | 20 mins

If you love rice, then you’ll be pleased to hear about this veggie rice pilaf. It’s packed with flavor and is studded with carrots and zucchini for color and extra nutrition. And despite the add-ons, everything gets cooked in one pot, making clean-up a breeze.

Enjoy your pan-seared walleye with a side of this colorful rice pilaf for an easy mid-week meal.

You can also add in whatever extra vegetables you like. I love adding tomatoes.

What readers are saying…

“Lovely pilaf recipe. We’ve been using this, since I found it, to make delicious sides for all of our grilled dishes. It’s a perfect, healthy alternative to the usual suspects.”

“This was so easy and delicious! My family devoured it. I added in onion and garlic and completely spaced on adding an herb at the end (next time!).”

“I love this recipe! So simple and a great way to dress up some rice, which is a staple for us.”

🇮🇹 Risotto
🍄 Garlic Mushroom Quinoa
🍚 Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Homemade Tortillas

4.9 ⭐️ (216 ratings) | 30 mins

Walleye’s mildly sweet flavor makes it great for tacos. Skip the store-bought stuff though — homemade tortillas are the way to go. They’re way softer and have better flavor.

And the best part? Making them is easier than you think. This recipe only requires five ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry. Plus, the dough only needs 10 minutes of resting time before you can roll it out and start making these tortillas. Easy peasy!

What readers are saying…

“My new favorite tortilla Recipe. The butter makes them so delicious and gives them a lovely texture.”

“This was my first time making from scratch and it won’t be my last. Perfect recipe.”

tried this recipe and they turned out perfectly! The taste is 100% worth the effort. Don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to store-bought.”

🫓 Homemade Pita Bread
😇 Cauliflower Tortillas
🌱 Almond Flour Low-Carb Tortillas


Walleye has your protein needs all covered, so all you need is a nourishing veggie side to complete the meal and add color to your plate.

Caprese Roasted Asparagus

4.8 ⭐️ (4 ratings) | 30 mins

If you want to spend less time in the kitchen, this Caprese roasted asparagus dish is here to help. You’ll be done making it in less than 15 minutes.

All you need is asparagus, grape tomatoes, olive oil, shredded mozzarella, and some spices. Combine everything together, and let the oven do the rest of the work.

Serve this vibrant side dish with your fried walleye for a complete and nourishing meal.

What readers are saying…

“This recipe is a keeper.”

“Delicious! Quick and easy to make. Will definitely be making this again.”

😇 Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
🔥 Lemon and Feta Grilled Asparagus

Skillet Zucchini and Mushrooms

4.9 ⭐️ (69 ratings) | 25 mins

Don’t feel like turning your oven on? Make this skillet zucchini and mushrooms dish instead.

It couldn’t be any simpler, but the addition of veggie broth, oregano, and thyme infuses the zucchini and mushrooms with tons of savory goodness.

This veggie side is quick enough to whip up for a regular weeknight dinner, but also great for special occasions.

What readers are saying…

“Loved this recipe! The oregano made this dish taste wonderfully fresh and delicious.”

“I made this and even though I used the same ingredients I normally use (minus the vegetable broth it came out very tasty. I will definitely make this again.”

“This recipe is amazing! We polished the entire dish between two veggie-eating adults in one sitting… So good!”

🍅 Zucchini Tomato Casserole
🔥 Corn and Grilled Zucchini Salad
🥗 Spiralized Zucchini Salad

Green Bean Almondine

4.5 ⭐️ (270 ratings) | 20 mins

Green bean almondine, aka a fancier way of saying green beans with almonds, is the perfect side dish for almost any fish.

It’s flavorful and elegant and takes less than 20 minutes to make.

The combination of brown butter, almonds, garlic, lemon zest, and juice infuses the green beans with a vibrant, nutty flavor that pairs well with the mild sweetness of your walleye.

Psst… for best results, use haricot verts or French green beans.

What readers are saying…

“For those of you that are not into the lemon flavor I recommend pairing the green beans with fish. Great pairing.”

“Made this today for a party – it was delicious! Browning the almonds in the butter makes all the difference. It really brings out the flavor.”

“These are by far the BEST green beans I’ve ever made/tasted.  I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect.”

😇 Lemony Steamed Green Beans
🤩 Creamed Green Beans
🍅 Stewed Green Beans with Tomatoes

Creamy Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

4.8 ⭐️ (9 ratings) | 20 mins

Want something healthy and indulgent with your seared walleye? This Brussels sprouts dish has your back.

The creamy Parmesan sauce makes the sprouts oh-so-decadent that even your pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist giving them a try.

And if that’s not enough, you can also add fun extras like bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, or mushrooms for more texture and flavor.

What readers are saying…

“I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!!!! I doubled the ingredients for the sauce because I wanted it really saucy.”

“The cream garlic parmesan Brussels sprouts turned out amazing! I couldn’t get enough of it… I will be making this for special occasions, holidays, and dinners!”

“Sooooo good! The sauce is perfection! It is my go-to Brussels sprouts dish! I do roast them in the oven first for 25 mins as I like them more mushy/crispier.”

🤩 Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
😋 Smashed Brussels Sprouts
😇 Air fryer Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Salads are another side dish you can serve with your walleye if you want to keep it lean and healthy. I’m a big fan of simple salads, but I’ve also found lots of interesting options for you to try out.

Creamy Broccoli Slaw

5.0 ⭐️ (4 ratings) | 10 mins

This broccoli slaw is a fun and tasty switch-up from the original version. And it’s a great way to use up that broccoli stalk you always throw away.

Aside from crunchy veggies, it has almonds and dried cranberries for extra flavor and texture. And instead of a mayo dressing, the recipe uses dairy-free ranch, so even those with lactose sensitivities can enjoy this.

Serve this jazzed-up slaw with walleye during any occasion – summer grill-outs, potlucks, or holiday gatherings – you name it!

What readers are saying…

Sooooo good quick and easy to make. Can eat as a snack or a side.

“This is so tasty! I’ve served it now a few times to guests and everyone has requested the recipe!”

“Soooo easy and tasty. Never been a broccoli girl and I can’t get enough of this.”

🥗 Ranch Broccoli Salad
🧄 Garlicky Steamed Broccoli
🌱 No Mayo Broccoli Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (25 ratings) | 25 mins

You might think adding kale is the biggest change with this recipe, but it’s not — it’s in the dressing!

Instead of lemons, this recipe uses lime juice. Lime juice is just as acidic as lemon juice, but with an extra bitterness.

Prop your fried walleye over this kale Caesar salad for a light and nourishing lunch.

What readers are saying…

“Wasn’t sure about the lime at first, but it was fantastic! This Caesar dressing is SO good!”

“I made this for lunch the other day and it was absolutely delicious! The addition of kale made it seem heartier to me than a regular Caesar salad.”

“I made this last night for a girls’ night…Everyone loved it and want the recipe. I also love that the dressing is made out of yogurt, who knew!”

🔥 Roasted Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
🥬 Dairy-free Caesar Salad

Roasted Corn and Edamame Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (1 rating) | 25 mins

Getting tired of leafy greens? This roasted corn and edamame salad is the way to go.

Not only does it add color to your plate, but it’s incredibly delicious. The smokiness from the corn melds perfectly with the creamy mayo dressing, and the lime juice adds brightness to finish everything off. Yum!

Psst… want an even stronger smokey flavor? Grill the corn instead of roasting it to get a charred effect.

What readers are saying…

“I love salads that are full of color! So refreshing and perfect for summer. And roasting corn in the oven is the best!”

“This was SO yummy! The dressing on this is just amazing!”

“This salad is gorgeous! I love corn…”

🇲🇽 Mexican Street Corn Salad
🌞 Summer Succotash
🤩 Baked Parmesan Creamed Corn

Classic Wedge Salad

5.0 ⭐️ (16 ratings) | 30 mins

On the topic of salads, it would be rude not to include a classic wedge salad in this list.

It’s healthy, light, and perfect for hot summer days. It’s comprised of crisp iceberg lettuce, juicy bacon, croutons, cherry tomatoes, egg, and blue cheese.

And the dressing for this beautiful wedge salad is super versatile, you can opt for an avocado ranch, jalapeno ranch, or just the classic Caesar dressing.

What readers are saying…

“Best ever wedge salad for my wife and me. Substituted feta cheese for my wife as she doesn’t care for blue cheese. This is a “go-to” again.”

“Nothing beats a classic wedge salad!”

“Love this salad… it made for a wonderful meal that was not only enjoyed by us but our guests!”

🔥 Grilled BLT Wedge Salad
😇 Dairy-free and Gluten-free Wedge Salad

Sauces and Toppings

The right sauce or toppings can easily transform your fried walleye into a restaurant-worthy dish.

Chimichurri Sauce

4.9 ⭐️ (18 ratings) | 15 mins

Bring a tasty Argentinian flair to your fried walleye with this chimichurri sauce.

It’s made from vinegar, lemon juice, and lots of freshly chopped herbs, which add a vibrant, mildly spicy kick to your fish.

And another thing to love about this sauce? There’s no cooking involved. Just chuck everything into the food processor, give it a blitz and you’re good to go.

Pro-tip: got leftovers? No worries, this sauce can be refrigerated for five days. And it’s tasty over chicken, steak, and even roasted vegetables.

What readers are saying…

“This recipe is almost identical. so good!! I slather it on everything…”

“Delicious! I usually wing it when making chimichurri, but end up over-processing it as I tweak the flavors. This was a great guideline! “

“The only chimichurri sauce recipe I use! It’s perfect!!”

🇮🇹 Basil Pesto
🌿 Aji Verde
🇲🇽 Salsa Verde

Cajun Remoulade

5.0 ⭐️ (17 ratings) | 10 mins

Not a fan of herb-based sauces? Switch things up and make this remoulade sauce instead.

It’s very similar to classic tartar sauce, but additions like mustard, Cajun seasoning, and creamed horseradish bring a lightly spicy kick that’ll jazz up your mildly sweet walleye.

Psst… give the sauce a taste before adding salt to avoid an overly salty sauce.

What readers are saying…

“This is a really nice, f spicy, but complex remoulade.”

“Truly easy and truly delicious! I didn’t have horseradish sauce, so just went ahead without it…and it was fantastic. “

“I made this tonight and it was wonderful. Definitely will be making it again.”

🌱 Dairy-free Remoulade
🇫🇷 Tartar Sauce
🧄 Garlic Aioli

Peach Cucumber Salsa

5.0 ⭐️ (4 ratings) | 15 mins

This fruity salsa is one of my favorite dishes to make when the summer rolls in. The peaches bring a delightful sweetness that’s balanced by the heat of the jalapeno and the crunchy, cooling bite from the cucumbers.

Scoop a hefty spoonful of this vibrant fresh salsa over your grilled walleye or use it as a topping for fish tacos.

Pro tip: this salsa is best served right away, before the cucumber and peaches release too much liquid.

What readers are saying…

“Yummy! A great way to sneak fruits & veggies into my teen son’s diet”

“Love the crunch of the cucumbers in the salsa—not a fan of bell peppers in my salsa, so this is a welcome textural alternative.”

“We made this and it was so delicious! I left it a little chunky – became almost a side salad. Now it’s a summer favorite!”

🇲🇽 Pico de Gallo
🍍 Pineapple Mango Salsa

What To Serve With Walleye – 15 Best Side Dishes

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your walleye.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: All
Keyword: walleye side dishes, what to serve with walleye
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 93kcal


  • 1 portion creamy broccoli slaw
  • 1 portion Greek potato wedges
  • 1 portion caprese roasted asparagus
  • 1 portion chimichurri sauce
  • 1 portion veggie rice pilaf
  • 1 portion green bean almondine … and more


  • Prepare your walleye according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: creamy broccoli slaw, greek potato wedges with yogurt sauce, kale caesar salad, roasted zucchini and mushrooms, creamy mac n cheese, Caprese roasted asparagus, roasted corn and edamame salad, classic wedge salad, green bean almondine, chimichurri sauce, and veggie rice pilaf.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 93kcal

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