Walleye is so popular that it is the "o-fish-al" state fish of Minnesota, South Dakota, and Vermont. Although it is often called "walleye pike," it is actually a member of the perch family.
What's up with that name? Walleye has unusual pearlescent eyes that help it to see more clearly in murky water and at night. This factor makes its eyes seem cloudy, but for this fish, the condition of the eyes is not an indication of spoilage.
Walleye has a sweet flavor and a delicate flake, and it can be prepared in virtually any way—sautéed, baked, and grilled. My mother's favorite Florida restaurant serves this Midwestern lake fish topped with artichokes and tomatoes, then drizzled with béarnaise sauce. Seafood Watch rates it a "Good Alternative." Higher mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $21.75
8 oz. for $10.90
-- Mediterranean Roasted Walleye (Stray Cat, Lake Erie)
-- Pan-Fried Walleye (Beyond the Chicken Coop)