Park Cafe and Diner’s Panfried Pickerel

  • prep time5 min
  • total time 15 min
  • serves 1

At Saskatoon’s Park Cafe panfried pickerel is a popular weekend breakfast and a family tradition. Patrick Hearn grew up eating it on fishing trips with his dad, but partner Kent Rumpel developed the recipe that Park Cafe customers devour every weekend. To this day, Kent still cooks it in Grandma Hearn’s cast-iron pan. 
Courtesy of Kent Rumpel of Park Cafe and Diner, Saskatoon

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Directions for: Park Cafe and Diner’s Panfried Pickerel


6 - 8 oz (170 to 225 g) pickerel fillet

pinch sea salt

pinch freshly ground pepper

⅓ cup (75 mL) (approx.) flour

1 ½ Tbsp (20 mL) clarified butter

lemon wedges


1. Lightly season fillet with salt and pepper.

2. Cover a plate with flour; dredge each side of fillet to lightly coat.

3. Melt clarified butter in cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat; panfry fillet for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Flip and fry on other side until golden brown and fish flakes easily.

5. Top with freshly squeezed lemon, or try it with hollandaise sauce. Serve for breakfast with eggs, hash browns and toast.

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