Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi

Macadamia-crusted Mahi Mahi is a fish that many say tastes just like meat! If you’re looking to decrease your consumption of red meat, try this easy recipe to add in more fish to your diet. Serve Mahi with lemon or dill sauce.


The ingredients for this mac-crusted fish are all very easy to find.

  • Mahi Mahi: It’s best to buy your fish as fresh as possible. I’ve purchased Mahi from Amazon Fresh, Safeway, or even Trader Joe’s. If you are unable to cook the fish within the first day of buying it, I would suggest freezing it.
  • Breadcrumbs: There are many different breadcrumb options. For this recipe, I opted for a keto breadcrumb. You can also choose a general plain breadcrumb or even an Italian panko!
  • Egg: You will need a binder for the flour and the breadcrumb macadamia nut mixture. Egg is a great binder for these ingredients. Lightly whisk the egg before dipping the filet.
  • Flour: Add the fish filets to the flour first before adding to the egg and then the macadamia breadcrumb mixture. The flour will give the egg something to bind to.
  • Macadamia nuts: A tropical and crunchy addition is the macadamia nuts. Add to the breadcrumbs and make sure they are finely minced! Use a food processor or roughly chop with a sharp knife.

How to Make Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi

Making this Mahi Mahi is as simple as breading another other protein.

Set out three shallow dishes so that it will be easy to dip the filets into each dish. Using these dishes, such as the ones shown above, will allow you to evenly coat the filets.

First, take one filet and coat it in the regular flour. Shake off the excess. Take the filet and coat it in the lightly beaten egg. Make sure the entire filet is covered in egg, otherwise the macadamia and breadcrumb mixture will not stick.

Once the mahi is covered in the egg, coat the filet in the breadcrumbs.

When both filets are ready, add in a small amount of oil, about two teaspoons of neutral cooking oil, to a frying pan and allow the oil to get hot. Once the oil is hot, add the filets to the pan. Pan fry on both sides until golden brown.

Use a meat thermometer and check the internal temperature. The fish should be between 135 – 140 degrees when it is finished frying.

Breaded Macadamia-crusted Mahi Mahi filets ready to go into the pan.
Breaded Macadamia-crusted Mahi Mahi filets ready to go into the pan.

When the fish is finished cooking, take it out of the pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Allow the fish to rest before serving for at least 10 minutes. Serve the fish with slices of lemon, dill sauce, or other toppings or sides of choice.

What to Serve with Mahi Mahi

Looking for sides to serve with your Mahi Mahi? Below are some ideas that will pair well with the fish:

Macadamia-Crusted Mahi Mahi

5.0 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sarah
Course: entreeCuisine: Hawaiian, AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 filets Mahi Mahi

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup panko

  • 3/4 cup crushed Macadamia nuts


  • After removing the skin if there is any on the fish, soak the Mahi Mahi in regular milk, a nut milk or coconut milk overnight.
  • When you are ready to make the fish, remove it from the fridge and set aside. Mix together the panko and crushed Macadamia nuts and place onto a shallow bowl or plate. Beat the egg and place on another shallow bowl or plate.
  • Take the fish out of the milk and coat in egg and then dip into the Macadamia mixture.
  • Add about a tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan and add the fish to the pan. Fry evenly on both sides for about 7 minutes, or until the fish feels firm.
  • Remove the fish and transfer to serving plates. Serve with sides.

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