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Lake Whitefish on the Run

Eat Wisconsin Fish / Lake Whitefish on the Run

Featured on the Fish Dish podcast!

Quick … easy … nutritious! Steam your fish fillet to perfection in a microwave on those busy days when you come home hungry and the fish might be frozen.


  • 2 lake whitefish fillets or other fish (about 6-8 oz each)
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • herbs to taste (tarragon and chives work nicely)
  • 1-2 tsp liquid (this could be water, white wine, milk, citrus juice or another fish-friendly liquid)
  • edible flowers for garnish (find an edible flower list on the What’s Cooking America website)


  1. Place the fillets in a microwave-safe dish. (Skin side down if the fillets still have skin.)
  2. Season as desired. (Salt, pepper, a squirt of lemon, herbs and so forth.)
  3. Add a teaspoon of liquid to keep the fish moist.
  4. Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or microwavable plastic wrap.
  5. Poke a small hole in the wrap to let a bit of steam escape
  6. Microwave your fish for about 3 minutes. Cooking time depends your microwave and the fish. See below.
  7. Cool for a minute or two in the microwave before removing so you don’t burn yourself.
  8. Garnish with additional herbs, lemon slices and flowers.


For a speedy taco, add chili powder, chopped cilantro and lime juice to the cooked fish and serve with other taco fixings.

About Cooking Times

  • Know your microwave. Fish microwaved in a higher-wattage oven (650 or more watts) will take roughly a third less time than in a lower-wattage oven.
  • In a higher-wattage oven, four thawed 1/2-inch-thick fish fillets will cook in about 3 minutes; one-inch-thick salmon steaks will take 1-2 minutes longer.
  • To microwave frozen fish fillets, add a minute to the cooking time.
  • If the fish fillets are much thicker in the center, fold the thin ends under to create a uniform thickness.
  • If the fish isn’t opaque by the end of the original cooking time, keep microwaving in 30-second increments until done.
  • Be conservative with your cooking time. There is no uncook setting!