Door County Fish Boil (Sort Of.....)

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“If you have never experienced an outdoor Door County Fish Boil, you have NO idea what you're missing!!! Door County is the WI penisula, north of Green Bay. It's a VERY popular tourist destination & a fish boil is an absolute must before you leave!!! Several restaurants, along with periodic civic groups, in the county serve it using delicious fresh fish from the waters of Lake Superior or Lake Michigan & it usually consists of Whitefish or Lake Trout. Many folks that don't like fish, LOVE the Door County Fish Boils. This recipe is for making it on the indoor stove instead of an outdoor fire...MUCH safer this way. NOTES:You will need a large kettle with a cover & a wire-type basket for this. FRESH fish is preferred, but frozen fish that has been thawed, can be used. If using Whitefish, be sure all scales are removed.”
1hr 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 10 quarts water
  • 12 cup salt (can increase up to 1 cup)
  • 3 lbs potatoes (Red "B" size, scrubbed, skin-on)
  • 2 lbs white pearl onions (peeled & whole)
  • 6 -8 lbs fish (FRESH water Whitefish or Lake Trout, preferred)
  • 1 lb butter, melted (NOT margerine)
  • lemon wedge
  • fresh parsley (for garnish)


  1. Stir the salt into the water & bring to a boil.
  2. Place the potatoes & onions into the wire basket & lower into the boiling water.
  3. When water returns to a boil, cover & boil for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Cut the fish in a diagonal, into about 4-5 inch chunks.
  5. Remove potatoes & onions when done, drain well & empty into a bowl & keep warm.
  6. Place the fish into the basket & lower into the same boiling water.
  7. Be sure fish are completely submerged.
  8. Cover & boil fish for approx 10-12 minutes or until fish if white & tender. DO NOT overcook.
  9. Remove fish from boiling water & drain well.
  10. Serve with the potatoes, onions, melted butter & lemon wedges. garnished with fresh parsley.
  11. If desired, serve with freshly made cole slaw & fresh rolls or bread.
  12. ENJOY!

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