Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi
This post is sponsored by Thrive® Algae Oil. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi is crispy, pan seared mahi mahi topped with a flavorful mango avocado salsa!
I’m not the kind of person that follows food trends or fad diets. Maybe you’ve gathered that about me since I’m typically behind in food trends, always miss the national food holidays (why are they a thing anyway??), and you don’t see a whole slew of paleo or Whole30 recipes here.
In case you’re wondering, I’m always behind on fashion trends too. 🙂
I like to eat an array of healthy foods that make me feel good day in and day out, which includes this Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Mango Avocado Salsa.
When it comes to new products or trends in the food market, it takes me a while to jump on the bandwagon. When I was approached by Thrive® Algae Oil to try their product, however, I was intrigued. I’d never heard of algae oil, and couldn’t believe how perfectly neutral and light the taste was when I tried it.
I started using it in everything.
Let’s just say that I went through the bottle that I was sent, and bought myself another one. I’ve come to love this oil for so many reasons.
As I mentioned, Thrive® Algae Oil is so light and has a neutral taste, which allows the flavor of the food to shine through. It’s delicious in salad dressings, marinades, and perfect for roasting vegetables and even baking.
Thrive® Algae Oil also has a high smoke point (up to 485 degrees), which means it doesn’t burn at high temperatures. It’s my new go-to oil for pan frying dishes like this macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi.
If that’s not enough, Thrive® Algae Oil contains the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat (13g), which is the good fat. It contains only 0.5g of saturated fat (the bad fat) per serving, which is the lowest percentage of saturated fat of any cooking oil out there.
The reasons listed above were more than enough to get me wholeheartedly on the Thrive® Algae Oil bandwagon.
Now let’s discuss this dish shall we? I’ve been to Maui a few times, and macadamia crusted mahi mahi happens to be one of my favorite meals to order when I’m there. Since I don’t get to go often enough, I needed to take matters into my own hands.
This meal doesn’t require much prep and comes together very quickly. Simply process the macadamia nuts and panko in a food processor with a pinch of salt, prepare your salsa, and you’re halfway to family dinnertime.
The mahi mahi is dredged in flour, dipped in egg wash, and then coated with the macadamia coating.
Pan fry it in a cast iron skillet or large saute pan for 8-10 minutes, and you’re in business.
This dish is so perfect for spring and summer. It’s light and fresh with tropical flavors and colors, and will take your taste buds on a tropical vacation.
Don’t say I never take you anywhere. 🙂
- If you use a small skillet, you’ll have to cook in batches because you don’t want to overcrowd the pan. If you do this, wipe the pan clean with paper towels in between batches, then add more algae oil and cook as directed. If you cook the fish in batches, it may take a little bit longer than 30 minutes to get on the table.
- Don’t let your pan get over medium heat as the coating can burn before the fish is cooked through. If the coating starts to brown too quickly, turn the heat down to medium low.
- Fillets that are less than 3/4″ thick are best for this recipe as they cook faster. If yours are 1″ thick or more, you can pan sear on the stove top 1 minute per side until golden, then finish baking in the oven for 8-10 minutes to avoid burning.
- This meal is great served with quinoa or rice. Simply get your side dish cooking first, and then prep your salsa and fish to have dinner ready in 30 minutes.
- The macadamia-panko coating may be made in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temp for about 3 days.
More seafood recipes you’ll love:
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For the salsa:
- 2 medium avocados, diced
- 1 large mango, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon Thrive® Algae Oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the fish:
- (4) 4 ounce mahi mahi fillets, preferably 1/2 - 3/4" thick*
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour, seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 cup Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil, plus more if needed
Prepare the salsa:
- Place the diced avocado, mango, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, algae oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and adjust the salt as needed. Let stand at room temperature.
Prepare the mahi mahi:
- Blot the fish dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Place the macadamia nuts, breadcrumbs, and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely ground and pour onto a large plate.
- Place the seasoned flour on a plate and spread in an even layer, then place the egg wash into a pie plate or shallow bowl.
- Dredge each fillet in the flour until evenly coated, shaking off the excess, followed by the egg, then coat with the macadamia mixture.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the algae oil in a cast iron or large saute pan over medium heat, adding more oil as necessary. Once the pan is at medium heat, add the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes. If the fish begins to brown too quickly, turn the heat down to medium low. Turn the fish and cook for 3-5 minutes longer or until it flakes easily with a fork. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- If cooking your fish in a cast iron pan in two batches, wipe the pan out with a paper towel before adding the second the batch. Add more algae oil and heat as directed.
- Be careful not to let your pan get too hot to avoid burning the coating. If the coating begins to brown too quickly, simply turn down the heat to medium low.
- * If your fish is 1" thick or more, you can pan sear it on the stove top for 1 minute per side or until golden, then bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork.
- You can make the macadamia-panko coating in advance and store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- If mahi mahi is unavailable, any white fish may be substituted.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 534mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 12gSugar: 22gProtein: 16g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.