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Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

Grilled Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce is probably the best fish I’ve ever eaten. And I LOVE fish and seafood. This stuff is like magic. If you aren’t lucky enough to be able to get your hands on fresh walleye, you can use any mild-flavored white fish.

Traeger Walleye

Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

Walleye might be my favorite fish to eat, fresh or saltwater. Don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on any fresh walleye fillets. This lemon butter cream sauce will work perfectly on any white fish.

You can use it on Walleye, Crappie, or Perch from a lake or river, to Cod, Rockfish or Halibut from the sea. Try it on your favorite fish. These are just a few of ours.

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Traeger Grilled Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

After the fish, you probably only need to run to the store for a couple of other ingredients. This is a very easy recipe to follow and prep + cook time is only 30-35 minutes combined.

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Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

How to cook walleye on the grill

Grilling fish can be tricky sometimes, but if you follow my easy tips it’ll make things go smoothly.

  • Skin-on fish can go right on the grate, but skinless filets need a more delicate touch, so make sure to cook those in a baking dish or on a sheet of non-stick foil.
  • Speaking of sticking, if you do grill on the grate, non-stick GRILL SPRAY is your friend!
  • Whitefish is fragile and generally has a really mild flavor. Cooking it at high temps on your wood-pellet grill will only kiss the fish with smoke and not overwhelm it.

This recipe is made in a 9×9 oven-proof dish.

Speaking of the oven – you could totally make this in the oven if you don’t have a grill handy, or if your grill doesn’t have such great temperature controls.

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Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

What can I substitute for heavy cream?


Please please please do NOT try to sub in any lower-fat dairy for the heavy cream. Lower-fat dairy has a higher risk of “breaking” under high heat. Do NOT use half and half or milk or anything crazy like that. Just use the cream. It is well worth the extra calories.

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Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

What can I serve with grilled walleye?

ALL THE THINGS. Pictured in these photos you see our uber-popular Perfect Grilled Asparagus.

You also see a grilled version of the Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes too, coming soon to a blog near you. This one, most likely. 😉

Another great option would be this Instant Pot Basmati Rice!

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Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

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Yield: 4 filets

Traeger Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

Traeger Grilled Walleye with Lemon Cream Sauce

Delicious flaky walleye grilled on the Traeger with an easy and bright lemon cream sauce! You'll never want walleye another way ever again.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 4 4-ounce Walleye fillets, skinless
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sliced scallions/chives (whites only)
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced leeks
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 lemon


  1. Startup your grill on smoke with the lid open for 5 minutes, and then set the temperature to 400 degrees. Use the time it takes to preheat, (10-15 minutes) to prep the dish.
  2. Start your prep by making sure your filets are completely dry. Use paper towels to soak up any excess water.
  3. Add half of your salt and all of your pepper directly to the fish filets and lay them flat in a 9x9 ovenproof baking dish that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the other 1/2 teaspoon salt, cream, butter, lemon juice, garlic, scallions, and leeks. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute, or just long enough to melt the butter. Remove the bowl from the microwave and lightly stir until everything is mixed well.
  5. Pour all of the sauce over the top of the fish.
  6. Slice your lemon and place 4-5 slices on top of the fish.
  7. Place your baking dish on the preheated grill and let cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove your fish from the grill and sprinkle the parsley onto the top of the fish. You can plate immediately. Use a large spoon to ladle some of the sauce directly onto your fish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 703mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 29g

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Marianne Smith

Monday 31st of May 2021

Absolutely delicious! My fresh walleye fillets had the skin on but instead of cooking them directly on the grate I put them in a disposable aluminum pan - that worked just great! I will never eat walleye any other way - I love this recipe!


Wednesday 1st of January 2020

How do you keep the cream sauce from separating/becoming runny? The first time I made it, the sauce was nice and thick like gravy. The four times after the butter and cream separated and became runny. Followed the recipe each time, can't figure it out.

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

It was likely too hot, or too close to the fire. Does your grill have any hot spots? Or does the temp swing wildly? I'd maybe put the pan on TOP of an overturned cake pan next time to give it a bit more space between the fire and the pan. You also might want to reduce the heat a touch if your grill temp is prone to swings on the upper end of the spectrum. You are using actual heavy cream, yes? And not half and half or anything like that?


Friday 29th of November 2019

What flavor pellets did you use?

Nicole Johnson

Friday 29th of November 2019

Typically cherry or hickory, but whatever you have on hand will do just fine. :D


Sunday 24th of November 2019

Made for supper tonight, delicious!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 24th of November 2019

That's awesome! So glad that you enjoyed it. It is one of our favorites!

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Wednesday 12th of December 2018

LEMON CREAM SAUCE. this is amazing.thanks for sharing.

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