In Sacramento, CA there is a restaurant called Scott’s Seafood Bar and Grill with several locations. Two homes ago, we lived just around the corner from the Folsom location and dined there frequently. Scott’s is a wonderful restaurant and if you are ever in the Sacramento area you must try it. I highly recommend the Macadamia Crusted Halibut. This recipe features a halibut filet (not steak), pan fried, coated with panko bread crumbs and macadamia nuts then topped with browned butter. It is served with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and julienne of carrots. It is delicious. If you happen to be at Scott’s on the night they feature caramel apple cheesecake for dessert, it is a must have!
As part of their Chef’s Recipe Series, Scott’s Seafood has shared the recipe for Macadamia Crusted Halibut. I have made it several times with great success. You can’t duplicate the ambiance of Scott’s but you can duplicate the halibut. I did tonight. Try it sometime. It is easy to prepare and has a unique taste.
Here is the recipe taken directly from the restaurant website:
Macadamia Nut Halibut
Serves 4 as a main course
- 4 6-7oz. Alaskan Halibut Filets
- 2 cups of bread crumbs (panko or sourdough)
- 3 cups of macadamia nuts (ground in food processor)
- 1 pound of salted butter
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Bring butter to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly (being careful not to let it boil over) until all of the solids caramelize and the butter starts to turn a light brown color. Turn off heat and stir occasionally until room temperature. Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees. Toast bread crumbs and macadamia nuts in oven until golden brown. Cool, then in a food processor or by hand, chop the macadamia nuts and add half to the brown butter. Mince the other half and mix with the toasted bread crumbs. Turn oven up to 375 degrees. Dredge the halibut in the bread crumb mixture and saute in in two tablespoons of oil, two filets at a time. When golden brown on one side, finish in the oven approximately 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the filets. When the halibut is cooked, ladle brown butter mixture over the fish and serve. (Make sure to stir butter mixture first). We suggest serving this with a nutty-tasting wild rice pilaf and your favorite vegetable. Bon Appetit.