It’s always good to have a recipe that you can prepare quickly. You know, something you throw together and everyone thinks you have been working all day in the kitchen (hee hee). Okay Gr8 Friends, I’m sharing one of my easy and delicious “throw together recipes,” Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
Although fresh fish is always the best, in my freezer I usually have frozen mahi mahi fillets that I purchase from the Trader Joe’s freezer section. The nut mixture, which takes minutes to make, can be made several hours ahead of time and kept at room temperature until ready to use. And I love to serve this fish with Anna’s Mango Papaya Salsa which can also be prepared up to 4 hours ahead of time.
Add a simple salad and you have a healthy dinner and happy tummies! Enjoy!
Edited from the original publication of March 21, 2017.
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown.
In a food processor, process the nuts until coarsely ground.
Add the butter to the nuts in the processor and mix just enough to combine.
In a medium bowl, stir together the nut mixture, panko, and flour, and set aside.
Place a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it liberally with the olive oil.
Place the mahi mahi on the foil and sprinkle both sides of the fish with salt and pepper.
Bake for 5 minutes.
To moisten the fillets, brush the top of each with coconut milk.
With your hands pat the nut mixture onto the top of each fillet.
Bake the fish for another 5 to 10 minutes and until the crust is golden brown.
Serve and Enjoy!
If you buy raw macadamia nuts and want to roast them at home:
The nut mixture can be prepared up to about 4 hours ahead of time. Process steps #1 through #4 and set aside until ready to add to the fish.
I don't normally have coconut milk so I used almond milk and it worked as well. Still delicious!