Perch Recipes

Check out some of my favorite Lake Erie perch recipes.

Here are a few simple way’s to prepare your fresh catch everything from pan fried to poached and chowder

If you have a favorite Yellow Perch recipe, send it to me and I’ll post it here

Lake Erie Perch Chowder
Serves 8
This is a pretty standard fish chowder with some Polish flair tossed in. I of course used Lake Erie yellow perch, but any firm fish will do. The key is a firm, white fish. Most good Polish kielbasa sausage is smoked, and while you can use whatever sausage you want, make sure it is smoked. You want that flavor with the mild fish. The dill really adds something to the stew, but if you hate it, use parsley instead. As for the sour cream, put it in a bowl at the table and let people add it to their liking; start with a heaping tablespoon. This is also a good way to make sure that the chowder has cooled enough so that the sour cream won’t break. If it does break, the chowder will still taste fine, but will look ugly.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 large yellow or white onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  3. 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold or other waxy potatoes, peeled and diced
  4. 1 quart fish or clam stock
  5. 2 cups water
  6. 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  7. Salt and black pepper
  8. 1 1/2 pounds skinless yellow perch fillets, cut into chunks
  9. 6 to 8 ounces Polish kielbasa, sliced
  10. 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill or parsley
  11. 1 cup sour cream, served tableside
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium heat. When it stops frothing, add the chopped onion and cook gently until its soft and translucent. Do not let it brown.
  2. Add the potatoes and coat with the butter. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes to let the butter absorb a bit.
  3. Sprinkle everything with salt. Pour in the fish stock, water and marjoram and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Once the potatoes are tender, add the perch and the kielbasa and simmer another 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the dill.
  5. Ladle into bowls and let everyone add sour cream to taste at the table. Serve with lots of beer. and some crusty bread.
Stray Cat Fishing Charters Lake Erie / Monroe, MI http://www.straycatsportfishingcharters.com/

Perch Parmesan Recipe
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound perch, bluegill, or crappie
  2. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  3. 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  4. 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  9. 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings. Dip fish in butter, then coat with crumb mixture.
  2. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork
Stray Cat Fishing Charters Lake Erie / Monroe, MI http://www.straycatsportfishingcharters.com/
Coconut-Crusted Perch Recipe
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  2. 1/4 cup ketchup
  3. 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  4. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  6. 2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 50 crackers)
  7. 1 cup flaked coconut
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 3 pounds perch fillets
  12. 1 cup canola oil, divided
Instructions
  1. For sweet-sour sauce, combine the preserves, ketchup, corn syrup, lemon juice and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the cracker crumbs and coconut. In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs, milk and salt. Dip each fillet in egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture.
  3. In a large skillet, cook fish in 3 tablespoons oil in batches over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork, adding oil as needed. Serve with sweet-sour sauce.
Stray Cat Fishing Charters Lake Erie / Monroe, MI http://www.straycatsportfishingcharters.com/
Poached Perch with Broccoli
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound fresh broccoli, cut into spears
  2. 3/4 cup water
  3. 1 small onion, sliced
  4. 1 bay leaf
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  7. 2 pounds perch fillets
GARLIC SAUCE
  1. 1 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place broccoli in a steamer basket. Place in a saucepan over 1 in. of water; bring to a boil. Cover and steam until crisp-tender; set aside and keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet, combine the water, onion, bay leaf, salt and tarragon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add perch fillets in batches. Cover and cook until fish is firm and flakes easily with a fork. Remove fish and onions with a slotted spoon; keep warm. Discard bay leaf.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. stir in 2-4 tablespoons cooking liquid until sauce reaches desired consistency.
Notes
  1. Arrange broccoli on a serving platter; top with fish, onions and garlic sauce - I prefer this on a bed of rice
Stray Cat Fishing Charters Lake Erie / Monroe, MI http://www.straycatsportfishingcharters.com/
Deep Fried Lake Perch
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs lake erie perch
  2. 2 cups drakes batter frying mix
  3. 1 (12 ounce) can of beer
  4. 1 quart peanut oil
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pat dry perch.
  2. Place on paper towel
  3. Mix 1 cup drakes batter with 1/2 cup of beer, (a little thicker than pancake batter).
  4. Dredge perch in batter, let sit for 5 minutes or so. This will attach the batter to the perch.
  5. Deep fry until golden brown
Stray Cat Fishing Charters Lake Erie / Monroe, MI http://www.straycatsportfishingcharters.com/
Garlic Knots
Yields 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs. store-bought or homemade pizza dough, at room temperature
  2. All purpose flour, for rolling out dough
  3. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  4. 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 2 garlic cloves
  6. 1 Tablespoon finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
  7. Kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Divide the dough in half, keeping half covered under a kitchen towel. Roll out the other half on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin, creating a 10-inch square. If the dough is very stiff, use your hands to stretch it.
  4. Cut the 10-inch square in half with a sharp knife or pizza wheel to form two rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 12 strips (the cuts should be made so that the strips are shorter and thicker, rather than longer and thinner).
  5. Tie each strip into a knot and then arrange the knots on the lined baking sheets. Cover them with a kitchen towel while you repeat the rolling, cutting and tying process with the second half of the dough.
  6. Bake the knots for 5 minutes, then rotate the baking sheet and bake an additional 3-5 minutes until golden brown and fully cooked.
  7. While knots bake, grate the garlic cloves using a microplane and combine with olive oil and butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Cook just until butter has melted and mixture is warmed. Remove from heat and stir in chopped parsley.
  8. Immediately after baking, brush the baked knots with the garlic mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve warm
Stray Cat Fishing Charters Lake Erie / Monroe, MI http://www.straycatsportfishingcharters.com/