Grilled Walleye Pike and Jumbo Prawns in Saffron Fennel Broth with Fried Greens and Minnesota Wild Rice

  • Yield : 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 10m
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  • 18 large prawns, shelled and de-veined
  • 1 1/2 pounds walleye pike fillets, skinless
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
  • 6 bamboo skewers soaked in water for 1/2 hour
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 2 cups mesclun salad mix, very dry
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice, warm
  • 2 teaspoon each minced chives, tarragon, parsley and chervil
  • 1 medium leek, julienned
  • 1/2 fennel, cored, julienned
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 5 cups seafood stock, or 2 1/2 cups clam broth and 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 medium carrot, very finely diced


Step 1

Brush prawns and walleye with olive oil. Sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning, salt, and pepper. Thread 3 prawns on each skewer. Cut the fish into 12 pieces. Set aside. 

Step 2

Heat about 2 to 3 inches of oil in a large saucepan until it registers 375 degrees F on a deep frying thermometer. In 2 to 3 batches drop the salad greens into the oil and fry for a few seconds, until bright green and crisp. Drain on a paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Step 3

Preheat a gas or electric grill or a broiler. Grill the shrimp and fish until just cooked through. Set aside. To serve pack the some of the wild rice into a 1/2 cup ramekin. Invert the ramekin into the center of a large rimmed soup plate, to set the rice in the center of the bowl. Repeat with the remaining rice, to make a total of 6 servings. Ladle hot saffron broth around the rice, making sure to distribute the leeks, fennel, and carrots around the entire bowl. Place 2 pieces of fish at offset angles on top of the rice, pile a small amount of fried greens on top of the fish. Lean skewered prawns against fish. Sprinkle with the herbs and serve immediately.

Step 4

In a medium soup pot combine, leeks, fennel, and wine. Bring to a simmer and cook until the mixture is almost dry. Add the seafood stock and saffron; simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the flavors are well incorporated. Add the carrots and cook until crisp tender, about 1 minute. Set aside.

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