Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi Recipe
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Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi Recipe

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Turn mahi mahi fillets into fancy company fare with a crunchy coating of macadamia nuts and panko, then drizzle with a yummy, gingery sauce. Our judges raved about the flavor of this fast-fixing fish entree—so will your family and friends! Idana Mooney - Moreno Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 mahi mahi fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 466 calories, 29 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 644 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. Place the bread crumbs, nuts, salt and pepper in a food processor; cover and pulse until nuts are finely chopped.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and water. Place flour and nut mixture in separate shallow bowls. Coat fillets with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with nut mixture.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook fillets for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce and ginger. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 30-60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved. Drizzle over fish. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi in Simple & Delicious November/December 2009, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Made this last week for my family. We all liked it. My son-in-law said it was resturant quality. High praise indeed. I get my best recipes from Taste of Home. Everyone love the " Best Ever Banana Bread" recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014 Edited Mar. 9, 2014

"I have used this with Walleye too! This was outstanding. The fish was super moist and very flavorful. I used 5oz pieces of Mahi Mahi. I cooked them for 3 minutes on each side and temped them at 135*F. They were a perfect 140 when I served. I cut the entire recipe in half except for the drizzle."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Yum! Everyone loved this even the kids which do not like fish at all. I followed the recipe to a T and it turned out great and the sauce was a great accent."

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"This recipe is incredible! I made it first time for guests and family - ALL loved it and all wanted seconds. Very flavorful. I can't rave enough about it. The only thing I did differently was grill it on the bbq on foil to reduce the fat content. Out of this world good! My husband specifically requested that I save this recipe!!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"This recipe was excellent!! I couldn't believe what a wonderful flavor it had. I enjoyed every bite. I made more than needed so the next day I microwaved the fish and put it over salad greens and it was so tasty. I didn’t need any salad dressing because the fish had enough flavor. I highly recommend this recipe!"

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