Door County is located in the northeastern part of Wisconsin. Fish boils are a tradition in the area dating over a hundred years. Most fish boils are made with the Whitefish native to the area.

  • 1 or 2 Whitefish. Chopped into steaks 2 inches thick, about 6 lbs
  • 6 medium onions, peeled
  • 6-10 carrots, peeled
  • 10 medium red potatoes, scrub and poke several holes with a fork in each potato or slice a piece off each end
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 sticks melted butter

Wash the Whitefish steaks with cold water. In a large kettle bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Add the salt, potatoes and carrots. Cover the kettle and return to a boil, then add the Onions. Cook for 20 minutes. Add the Whitefish Steaks, cover and boil for 12 minutes more. Fish is done when it flakes easily. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and drain. Serve Whitefish, Potatoes, Onion and Carrot with the melted butter. Serves six.

The traditional Door County Fish Boil always serves Cherry Pie as dessert.

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