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Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake Crappie Recipes

Ballenger's Crispy Dill Baked Crappie

Cover bottom of greased baking dish with boneless crappie filets
Coat tops of filets with Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Sprinkle dill weed over filets
Melt 4 Tbs. of butter or margarine in a medium sized bowl inside the microwave oven
Add 1/2 cup or more of crushed club crackers to butter and mix until moist but crumbly
Sprinkle cracker mixture over crappie filets
Bake @ 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes
Use broiler for last 2-3 minutes to brown tops of filets
The sweet taste of Miracle Whip and the flavor of Dill combined with butter makes these delicate crappie filets disappear

Ron's Smoked Specks

Put enough salt in a bowl of water to float an egg
Then soak your filets over night
The next day take them out of the water, towel dry, and place on newspaper in the refrigerator over night to dry out
Oil the skin side and place on a smoker
Sprinkle a little brown sugar on each one
When they are reddish they are done...great eating

Beer Batter Recipe

One cup of flour
One teaspoon salt
One teaspoon paprika
One egg
One/fourth cup cooking oil {Crisco}
One cup beer

It Only Takes a Couple Minutes

Place all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. The mixture will be a little thin, you want it to be thin, but not too thin, you want it to stick to the fillets. By adding more flour or beer to get it just right..

The secret is to really dry the fillets. I spread them on paper towels and pat dry. Then use new paper towels and move the fillets to the new towels drying each one. When the fillets are dry I salt them lightly and place in the batter.

I use a quarter of an inch of Crisco or Crisco cooking oil and cook the fish fillets until golden brown. Sometimes I cook the fillets using a deep fat fryer. Either way the fish are very good.

Serve with cold slaw - fresh bread or rolls - maybe baked beans, etc. and enjoy --- !!!

Blackened Crappie Recipe

Fresh Crappie filets
Sprinkle each side with blackened seasoning
To make is spicier, sprinkle each side lightly with cayenne pepper
Heat enough oil in an iron skillet to cover the bottom
Place filets in hot oil and cook on each side until done

Stir Fry Recipe


Veggies - (I use mushrooms, celery, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, green onions, Jalapenos and green peppers or whatever kinds of veggies).
Seasonings - include, garlic powder or salt, Old Bay seasoning, season salt, pepper, and Dale seasoning sauce or allegro.


Sauté the veggies in veggie oil (just a drop) and seasoning sauce (I cook this in a wok). Sauté until the veggies are soft. Add fish cut into small chunks. Cook for about 20 more min. (until most liquids are absorbed). Stir frequently. Serve over rice.