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Macadamia Crusted Tilapia Recipe

Macadamia Crusted Tilapia Recipe

A refreshing pineapple salsa complements these crispy golden fillets. The colorful entree will make an impression with guests. I like to garnish each fillet with whole macadamia nuts. —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • PINEAPPLE SALSA:
  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Directions

  • 1. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and cayenne. Place flour and macadamia nuts in separate shallow bowls. Coat tilapia with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with nuts.
  • 2. Place on a greased baking sheet; drizzle with butter. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small serving bowl, combine the pineapple, red pepper, onions, sugar, jalapeno, lime juice and ginger; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with fish. Yield: 4 servings (1-1/2 cups salsa).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 681 calories, 51 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 233 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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