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Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi

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Crunchy buttery macadamia nut crusted over a warm flaky mahi mahi filet just emanates island vibes. An easy recipe will have your family and friends drooling over this fancy looking meal.

Do macadamia nuts and mahi mahi make you think of Hawai’i?  Warm sunny days, salty sea breezes, and island living. Can’t make it to Hawai’i? Not to worry, whip yourself up some macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi and fulfill some of your island fever.

side view of fish with mango salsa on white rice

Looking for other seafood dishes? Check this recipe out.

What is a macadamia nut?

Macadamia are in the nut family and are native to Australia. The buttery nut is encased in a hard shell and covered in a husk outer layer.

Growing up I use to love taking a hammer and finding the best crack in the cement to hold the macadamia nut while I bang away to crack open the shells and devour the meaty inside.

Are macadamia nuts nutritious?

Yes. Macadamia nuts are high in maganese, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B6.

macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi on a bed of white rice

Where can I find macadamia nuts?

Most super markets have these smooth, buttery textured nuts in the nut section.

What is a mahi mahi?

Mahi mahi is the Hawaiian name for the common dolphin fish. Mahi means strong or energetic. These fish are surface dwelling fish that live in tropical waters most commonly found off the cost of Hawai’i, Costa Rica, and the Gulf of Mexico.

How big do mahi mahi get?

Mahi mahi are usually 15-30 pounds and grow to about 1-1.5 meters in length. The International Game Fish Association lists the world record as 87 pounds and caught in 1976 off the coast of Costa Rica.

top down view of fish on white rice with mango salsa

What type of toppings or sauces go well with this dish?

  • Shoyu
  • Mango salsa. Check out my easy mango salsa recipe here.
  • Pineapple salsa
  • Coconut cream sauce

What sides go well this dish?

  • My kids go to favorite: sticky white rice
  • Sauteed veggies
  • Sweet potato mash

How do I store macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi?

It can keep in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 2 months.

What’s in macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi?

  • Macadamia nuts (of course)
  • Panko
  • Salt/pepper
  • Mahi mahi
  • Flour
  • Eggs
macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi ingredients

How to make macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi?

Heat frying oil of choice on medium high heat. Combine macadamia nuts and panko is a food processor and blend until nuts are crumbly and well combined with the panko. In a shallow dish whisk egg. In two shallow dishes add flour and in one and the macadamia panko mixture in the other. Dip mahi mahi in flour to coat. Then dip in the egg and finally coat with the macadamia panko mix. Fry about 10 minutes or until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 140F.

side view of macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi with mango salsa on white rice

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Crunchy buttery macadamia nut crusted over a warm flaky mahi mahi filet
just emanates island vibes. An easy recipe will have your family and
friends drooling over this fancy looking meal.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 4 (5oz) mahi mahi filet
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, shelled
  • 1 cup panko

Instructions

  1. Heat frying oil of choice on medium high heat.
  2. Combine macadamia nuts and panko is a food processor and blend until nuts are crumbly and well combined with the panko.
  3. In a shallow dish whisk egg. In two shallow dishes add flour and in one and the macadamia panko mixture in the other.
  4. Dip mahi mahi in flour to coat. Then dip in the egg and finally coat with the macadamia panko mix.
  5. Fry about 10 minutes or until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 140F.

Notes

Swap out avocado oil for the fying oil of your choice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 642Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 24g

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macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi

By on August 24th, 2019

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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8 thoughts on “Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi”

  1. Hi, I made this tonight and it was great! I topped it with fresh papaya. I had lots left over and I decided to freeze it like you mentioned in your blog. My question is what is best method to thaw and re-heat? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Hi. I’d say best to defrost in the refrigerator then you can either re-fry to heat up or bake in the oven to bring back the crispiness. You can microwave it, but you’ll lose that crunch. Have a great day.

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  2. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! So easy to make and tasted really delicious! Highly recommended, will surely have this again!

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