Fish is a great choice for quick dinners—most fillets cook to perfection in less than 10 minutes. You can use pecans, walnuts, or pine nuts in place of hazelnuts. To streamline prep, roast the asparagus together with the suggested potato side dish. Serve with Roasted Red Potatoes.
Heat butter and 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush tops of fish fillets with egg white; sprinkle fish evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Coat tops of fish with nuts, pressing gently to adhere. Place half of fish, nuts side down, in pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn fish over; cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.
Combine remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, garlic, and asparagus on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and thyme. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Serve with fish and lemon wedges.
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I make this often using macadamia nuts after first eating it at the Rusty Duck in Sacramento, CA using mahi mahi, I also use halibut and Alaskan cod . I do grind 1/2 the nuts very finely and mix with coarser ground nuts. I roast the potatoes, asparagus or brussel sprouts but use an Itlalian vinagarette instead of just oil to toss them in before roasting
The halibut was delicious, but I used macadamia nuts instead. I also roasted asparagus and red potatoes as suggested. I will make the fish again, but the dinner was too greasy. I would not put together 3 things that all need oil.
This was absolutely delicious. Even my 8-year old who had orginally turned her nose up at it was begging for more. Used hazelnuts and loved the flavor - and the small addition of butter really brought out at rich taste. Also made the roasted asparagus and red potatoes. A great meal for a sprintime evening.
This is definitely a recipe I will make again in the future. I used pecans instead of hazelnuts and served with assorted small roasted potatoes. To see my step by step photos and post about this recipe, go to: http://www.icancookthat.org/2012/04/pecan-crusted-halibut-with-roasted.html
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