Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Macadamia Nut-Crusted Sea Bass

This one came from, but I left off the sauce they recommended because my husband didn't want it. For that matter, I didn't eat this because I'm not a fish person at all, but my husband loved it.

1 lb fresh or thawed frozen sea bass fillets (you can actually use any firm white fish, like tilapia or cod)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch red pepper flakes

Season fish with salt and black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and minced garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear fish fillets quickly, about 1 minute on each side, and remove from heat.

Transfer fish to an oven-safe pan lightly oiled with olive oil. Roast at 350*F for 15-20 minutes, until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

Meanwhile, combine nuts, bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon olive oil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Process until smooth.

When fish is cooked through, cover tops with macadamia crust. Return to the oven and continue roasting until crust browns, about 5 minutes. (I actually just broiled it for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.)

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