aloha fish with macadamia crust

aloha fish with macadamia crust
1 tsp lime and/or lemon zest
or however much a whole lemon or lime yields
1 whole lime or lemon
freshly squeezed, zested from above
2 whole fish fillets
we've tried this with mahi mahi, orange roughy, salmon, and steelhead and they all worked well!
1/3 cup panko
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
crushed or chopped
1 tsp cilantro
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
canola oil
  • zester
  • small rimmed baking sheet (2)
  • parchment paper
  • small oven-safe container
This recipe originally showed up in our wedding cookbook to represent the trip we took to Hawaii with our family in 2006. When we returned as a family to the islands again in 2014, we ended up making this dish again with all the macadamia nuts we brought back. We've modified the original recipe by reducing the butter and incorporating the citrus zest into the crust.
Zest the citrus into a small mixing bowl.
Squeeze the citrus juice into a small rimmed baking sheet or equivalent. This container should fit the fish snugly. Marinate the fish in the fridge for about an hour. Flip the fish in the juice every 15 minutes or so.
Prepare the macadamia crust by adding the panko, macadamia nuts, cilantro, and salt into the bowl with the zest. Reserve.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Melt the butter in a small, oven safe container while the oven preheats. Mix in the melted butter into the macadamia mixture right around the time the fish is done marinating.
Line a clean baking sheet with parchment paper. This baking sheet should be larger than the one used for marinating and should have enough space to space out the fish. Drizzle a little oil on the parchment and smear it across with your fingers. Lay the fish onto the oiled parchment paper. If the fish has skin, set it skin-side down.
Spoon on the macadamia mixture over the fish, then pat it gently to help it adhere to the fish.
Bake until the fish is cooked through, about 10 minutes for medium rare. Transfer to plates, share, and enjoy.
Chopping nuts is usually a messy task, so we simply throw nuts into a resealable plastic bag and smash them with a rolling pin.