Austin Bartold’s Walleye Cakes with Pineapple Slaw & Wild Rice Salad

Austin Bartold's Walleye Cakes with Pineapple Slaw & Wild Rice Salad

Yield 4-6 servings

This delicious dish blends indigenous staples like walleye and wild rice with tropical flavors. The walleye cakes are perfect as an entree, hors d'oeuvre, or on a bun.

Ingredients

Pineapple Slaw

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 red apple, cored and chopped
    • Honeycrisp works best, but any sweet red will work
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Walleye Cakes

  • 2 large walleye fillets (about 1 lb), baked until fully cooked and chilled in the refrigerator
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 red apple, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup flour

Wild Rice Salad

  • 1 cup wild rice, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced and sauteed in clarified butter or high-heat index vegetable oil
  • 1 stalk kale, cut into a chiffonade
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 small apple, chopped

Honey Cilantro Orange Vinaigrette

  • 3/4 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pineapple Slaw

  • Toss all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until fully combined

Walleye Cakes

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over low heat and slowly cook the onion until caramelized, 20-30 minutes.
  • Add the ginger, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir to mix. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash the chilled walleye fillets and onion mixture into a paste. Stir in celery, apple, green pepper, egg, panko, mayonnaise, red pepper flakes, and curry powder. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop to create balls of fish mixture. Form balls into patties and dredge in the flour.
  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil or clarified butter in a heavy frying pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook patties on each side until golden-brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving. Top with slaw.

Honey Cilantro Orange Vinaigrette

  • Combine all ingredients except for the olive oil
  • Slowly drizzle the olive oil while continuously stirring the mixture. This will help the vinegar and oil to properly emulsify.

Wild Rice Salad

  • Mix the cooked wild rice and sauteed onion with the kale, carrot, and apple.
  • Toss with the vinaigrette and serve with the walleye cakes.

Notes

Austin Bartold is the chef nutritionist at the Division of Indian Work. This recipe comes from the cookbook Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest by Heid E. Erdrich. 

 

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