Outstanding Fresh Crappie Recipes
To Sink Your Teeth Into

Hooked into some panfish? Awesome! Fire up the burners for these crappie recipes and enjoy your fresh catch.

Most freshwater fishing enthusiasts know that crappie are a sweet tasting fresh water fish. And with that said, these crappie fish recipes are sure to hit the spot after a nice day out on the water. Now it's time to reap the rewards.

Each of these recipes are quite easy to put together, and more importantly, they taste fantastic!

Here's a couple of our most delightfully and fun cooking, best tasting recipes for crappie and other panfish. Go ahead, you be the judge.

  • Pan Seared Crappie Amandine
  • Grilled Lemon Crappie With Carrot Basil Sauce

Crappie Amandine (Garnished With Almonds)


  • 4 crappie fillets
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 parsley sprigs
  • 1 ounce of slivered almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste


Heat 1 teaspoon of margarine in a medium sized frying pan. Add the almonds and sauté until golden brown. Remove the almonds from the pan and set aside.

Put flour into a small flat dish or bowl, add salt and pepper for desired taste and mix together. Coat the crappie fillets on both sides with the seasoned flour. Add margarine to the frying pan over medium heat. Add the fillets and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and done. Then transfer the fish fillets to a serving dish.

Reduce heat to low, squeeze lemon juice of about ½ of a lemon into the same pan, add the almonds, and cook until heated while stirring. Top the fish with the lemon and almond mixture, and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.

Grilled Lemon Crappie With Carrot Basil Sauce


  • 6 crappie fillets
  • 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking the grilled lemon crappie:

Thinly slice ⅓ cup of the basil leaves. Into a small bowl, zest the lemon and squeeze the juice, and add a small dash of salt and pepper to taste. Mix and brush onto the crappie fillets. Spray a non-stick grill pan pre-heated to medium heat. Grill the fillets for about 3-4 minutes per side or until done. Sprinkle on the basil and serve with a succulent sauce such as a carrot basil sauce.

Carrot Basil Sauce


  • 1 can cannellini beans (15½ oz.)
  • 1 can carrot juice (12 oz.)
  • ⅓ cup basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Making the carrot basil sauce:

Drain and rinse the beans. Puree the beans, carrot juice, and ⅓ cup of the basil in a blender. Pour the puree mix into a small sauce pan. Season lightly with salt and pepper to taste. Allow it to cook for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Once it gets hot, remove from the heat and cover to keep it warm.

Additional Tips For Cooking Crappie

Crappie is a sweet delicious tasting fish. So, you don't always need to go all out with adding all kinds of ingredients to mask their wonderful flavors. Most often, a quick and simple pan sear fillet can be the perfect touch to a superb fish dish with complimentary sides.

As always, we enjoy checking out new fish recipes. Please feel free to send in your favorite crappie recipes. The link in the box directly above will take you to the submission form. Thanks much and best of luck freshwater fishing!

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