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Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi

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Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi drizzled with Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce is a quick and easy meal that is Keto, Whole30 and Paleo friendly. If I owned a restaurant, this would be the first recipe added to the menu! Mahi-Mahi does not have the “fishy” taste that some seafood has, the nuts add just the right amount of crunch…..

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi drizzled with Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce on a bed of cauliflower rice on a white, square plate

and the Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! I could drink this sauce, it was the perfect addition to the meal and tied all of the flavors together.

I actually saw this meal listed on a restaurant menu in Hawaii, online of course, and it sounded too delicious to not recreate. Yes, that is how I get recipe ideas. I have no idea what theirs tastes like, but my version is awesome!! lol

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi drizzled with Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce served on a bed of riced cauliflower and broccoli on a square white plate with a bowl of sauce in the background

How to make Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.

Chop the macadamia nuts

Chopped macadamia nuts on a wooden cutting board with whole nuts in the background

and place them in a shallow bowl with the cayenne pepper. Mix to combine.

Chopped macadamia nuts mixed with cayenne pepper in a white bowl sitting on a blue and white striped towel

Dry the mahi-mahi filets with a paper towel, then brush the top with softened butter or coconut oil.

Mahi mahi filets brushed with butter sitting on paper towels

Press the filets into the chopped nut mixture as evenly as possible.

Press the filet into the chopped macadamia nuts in a shallow bowl

Place the filets in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle additional nuts over the filets to fill in any blank spots.

Macadamia nut crusted Mahi-Mahi in a white baking dish

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the fish is opaque throughout and flakes with a fork. (internal temperature 145 degrees) {Times will vary depending on thickness}

Baked Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi in a white baking dish

You could stop right here and serve your Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi as is, but what fun would that be? Trust me, it is worth a couple of extra steps!!

How to make Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce:

Add the chili-garlic sauce, lime juice and white wine to a saucepan. Stir to combine.

Reduce the chili lime sauce in a saucepan

Heat over medium-high heat allow mixture to simmer until reduced by 1/3rd, about 10 minutes.

Reduced chili lime butter sauce in a saucepan

Pour the mixture into a small bowl and set aside.

Pour the heavy cream into the saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3rd, about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom.

heavy cream simmering in a saucepan

Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk the chili garlic mixture into the cream.

Add the butter/coconut oil to the saucepan about 2 Tablespoons at a time, whisking to combine.

Whisk butter into sauce two tablespoons at a time

Add the stevia and continue whisking until all of the butter thoroughly incorporated.

Whisk sauce to thoroughly incorporate ingredients

Drizzle the Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce over the Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Sweet Chili Lime Sauce served on a bed or cauliflower broccoli rice on a white plate

Seriously, this is THE ultimate Date Night meal!

Notes:

  • To make the nuts crunchier, place under the broiler for a couple of minutes.
  • You can chop the macadamia nuts in a food processor if you prefer, just don’t let it process for too long or you will end up with macadamia nut butter!
  • This Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce is on the spicy side. For a family friendly version, omit the cayenne pepper and reduce the amount of chili garlic sauce.

This is the chili garlic sauce that I have used for years, in Iowa {HyVee} and Arizona {Frys/Kroger} or Amazon {affiliate link}:

jar of Chili Garlic Sauce

To make this meal Whole30/Paleo friendly:

  • Substitute ghee or coconut oil for the butter brushed on the fish.
  • Replace the white wine with seafood stock.
  • Substitute canned coconut milk for the heavy cream.
  • Replace the stevia with date paste or omit all together.

Delicious side dish recipes:

Cauliflower Rice – mine was a combination of cauliflower and broccoli

Simple Cauliflower Mash

Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots

Enjoy!!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi drizzled with Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce on a bed of cauliflower rice on a white, square plate

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce is a quick and easy meal that is Keto, Whole30 and Paleo friendly!
4.66 from 23 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macadamia, nuts, chili, lime, sauce, cream, butter, recipe, keto, whole30, paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 1049kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 large clove minced garlic about 1/2 Tablespoon
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • cup white wine substitute seafood stock or chicken stock
  • ½ cup heavy cream substitute canned coconut milk, shaken
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/32 teaspoon stevia powder

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi

  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts I used roasted, salted
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper a pinch
  • 10 ounces Mahi-Mahi filet 2) 5 ounce filets
  • ½ Tablespoon softened butter or coconut oil
  • olive oil for the baking dish
  • chopped cilantro to garnish

Instructions

Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce

  • Add the chili-garlic sauce, lime juice and white wine to a saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Heat over medium-high heat allow mixture to simmer until reduced by 1/3rd, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Pour the heavy cream into the saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3rd, about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk the chili garlic mixture into the cream.
  • Add the butter/coconut oil to the saucepan about 2 Tablespoons at a time, whisking to combine.
  • Add the stevia and continue whisking until all of the butter thoroughly incorporated.

Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
  • Chop the macadamia nuts and place them in a shallow bowl with the cayenne pepper. Mix to combine.
  • Dry the mahi-mahi filets with a paper towel, then brush the top with softened butter or coconut oil.
  • Press the filets into the chopped nut mixture as evenly as possible.
  • Place the filets in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle additional nuts over the filets to fill in any blank spots.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the fish is opaque throughout and flakes with a fork. (internal temperature 145 degrees) {Times will vary depending on thickness}
  • Drizzle the Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce over the Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.

Notes

  • To make the nuts crunchier, place under the broiler for a couple of minutes.
  • You can chop the macadamia nuts in a food processor if you prefer, just don’t let it process for too long or you will end up with macadamia nut butter!
  • This Sweet Chili Lime Butter Sauce is on the spicy side. For a family friendly version, omit the cayenne pepper and reduce the amount of chili garlic sauce.
  • There is enough sauce for 4 servings.

TO MAKE THIS MEAL WHOLE30/PALEO FRIENDLY:

  • Substitute ghee or coconut oil for the butter brushed on the fish.
  • Replace the white wine with seafood stock.
  • Substitute canned coconut milk for the heavy cream.
  • Replace the stevia with date paste or omit all together.
Nutrition Facts are guidelines, but not guaranteed to be perfect. Actual amounts will vary based on ingredients used. Ex. chili garlic sauce has 0 carbs but the calculator seems to think it has 3.9.

Nutrition

Calories: 1049kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 97g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Cholesterol: 314mg | Sodium: 999mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2660IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi! Love it so much! I modified with adding pork Panko with the nuts then made a slaw, added avocado and a cilantro lime dressing in addition to the chili lime which is amazing by the way! Turned this into fish tacos without the taco for keto. 😘

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