Macadamia Nut Crusted Onaga (Ruby Snapper) With Maui Onion Relish

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients
  • Maui Onion Relish:
  • 1 Maui onion or other sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Japanese pickled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ginger vinegar from pickled ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shiso leaves (available in Japanese markets), cut into thin julienne strips, or 1 dash ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ogo seaweed (available in Japanese markets), or julienned cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon hijiki seaweed (available in Japanese markets), hydrated in cold water until tender, or 1 tablespoons julienned cucumber
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 4 (6-ounce) onaga fillets (Hawaiian gray snapper), yellowtail, or any other snappper
  • Ginger Butter, recipe follows
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Ginger Butter:
  • 1 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch sugar
Directions
Maui Onion Relish:

First, make the Maui Onion Relish. In a nonreactive mixing bowl, stir together all the relish ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease or oil a baking dish large enough to hold the fish fillets side by side.

Evenly spread the chopped macadamia nuts on a large dinner plate. Season a fish fillet with salt and pepper, and brush it evenly on both sides with 1/4 of the butter mixture. Dredge it in the nuts to crust it evenly on both sides, and transfer to the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining fillets, butter mixture, and nuts.

Bake the fish fillets until they are cooked through and the nut crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon the Maui Onion Relish onto 4 serving plates and, with a spatula, transfer a fillet to each plate, placing it on top of the relish. Serve immediately.

Ginger Butter:

Prepare the Ginger Butter by putting all the ingredients in a food processor with the metal blade and processing until smooth. Set aside at room temperature.


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