Combine the sweet paprika, smoked paprika and hot paprika, and the garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper, and then sprinkle evenly, but sparingly, with the paprika mixture, and rub it in.
Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the skillet. When the skillet is hot, add the fish and sear on one side until dark, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the lemon zest and shallots to the skillet. Flip the fish; add the butter and almonds; and cook, basting the fish using a large spoon, until the almonds brown and the fish tests tender in the center when poked with a fork or toothpick, 2 to 3 minutes. Pick out the lemon zest and discard.
Transfer the fish, along with the shallots, almonds and some of the butter, to plates and serve right away.
Adapted from "The New Midwestern Table" by Amy Thielen (c) Clarkson Potter, 2013. Provided courtesy of Amy Thielen. All rights reserved.
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