Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi

Well, it's October... and we are still trying to eat our way through our freezer that is full of fish from this epic fishing season. Thanks to the weather phenomenon called El Nino, warm water from Mexico holding lots of dorado, yellowfin tuna, and other exotics such as marlin and wahoo made it's way up to California. The mahi mahi (also known as "dorado") used in this recipe was caught on one of our off-shore fishing trips a few months ago, right off the coast of San Diego!

Tonight we decided to thaw out some of our beautiful mahi mahi fillets and crust them with the delicious macadamia nuts we picked up on a family trip to Hawaii. This Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi looks and tastes like it came out of a professional kitchen... but it's actually very quick and easy to make!


Mahi mahi (dorado) is super mild fish... and the great part is, it's available all year long! It has a larger, moist flake and can be prepared many ways: baked, grilled, broiled, pan fried, poached, or smoked. The texture is tender-to-firm and taste is sweet with a mildly pronounced flavor.

The nutty, sweet, crunchy topping on this oven-baked mahi mahi is the perfect balance of flavor and texture with the fish. The addition of the sweet, salty, spicy dipping sauce really takes this Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi to the next level!


If you are looking for other ways to prepare your mahi mahi, check out our recipe for Honey Ginger Mahi Mahi!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
recipe from
makes 4 servings

Fish -
5 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) coarsely ground, roasted macadamia nuts
1/2 cup panko
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
cooking spray
4 (6 to 8-ounce) mahi mahi fillets
Kosher salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten

Sauce - 
1/2 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
2 tablespoons brown sugar
red pepper flakes

For fish - 
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, stir together the nuts, panko, flour, and butter. Set aside.

Place a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and spray liberally with cooking spray. Place the mahi mahi on the foil and sprinkle each fillet with salt and pepper on both sides. Bake for 5 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and brush each fillet with the egg. Divide the nut mixture among the tops and bottoms of the 4 fillets, patting the mixture to spread and adhere to the fillets. Return to the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

To make sauce - 
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add soy sauce,brown sugar, and red pepper flakes; whisk until combined. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low to 5 minutes.

YUM... this was such a delicious way to prepare mahi mahi! I'm sure you could try the same recipe with any mild white fish.

Enjoy... :)

- Janel

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