Walleye Gumbo Recipe

Walleye Gumbo Recipe

Gumbo is one of the simplest and most satisfying ways to prepare fish, and this recipe is a particularly nice way to use frozen walleye

Serves: 4
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes


  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • Flour
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced on a bias 3/4 inch thick
  • 1 pound walleye, cut into one-inch cubes


  1. Sauté the diced bacon and reserve.
  2. Heat the bacon fat until it just begins to smoke, then add an equal amount of flour, whisking until the mixture (roux) turns the color of a brown paper bag. Add the onion, celery, green pepper, red pepper, garlic, white pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne, reserved bacon, and chicken broth. Cook gently for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the smoked sausage and fish. Simmer gently for about seven minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve walleye gumbo garnished with cooked white rice.
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