Duke's Macadamia Nut Herb-Crusted Fish

User rating: 5 out of 5 stars (10) Reviews

Demonstrated by: Executive Chef Mike Wong of Duke’s Canoe Club Waikiki.
Brunch On The Beach Recipes - 2002.



Dukes Macadamia Nut Herb-Crusted Fish

  • 4 (6 oz size) opah (moonfish) fillets
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese flour meal)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Herb-Crusted Fish:

  1. Season fillets with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients except olive oil; coat fillets with mixture.
  3. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Sauté fillets until golden brown, about 4 minutes on both sides.
  5. Serve with Lemon-Butter Wine Sauce with Capers.

Lemon-Butter Wine Sauce with Capers:

  1. In a saucepan, heat 1/4 cup dry wine, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped chives, and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
  2. Cook until liquid reduces to half.
  3. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream; simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cups softened unsalted butter, a little at a time.
  5. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup capers, and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice.
  6. Makes about 1 cup sauce.

Makes 4 servings.


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I always look forward to eating at Dukes. I Never order anything but the Macadamia crusted Opah which is my Favorite, if it’s not available mahi-mahi. And the Hula Pie is to Die for! Thanks Dukes

by Donna Beasley on 10/28/2022

This is one of my favorite dishes! The sauce is sooooo good - much cheaper than eating out at a restaurant, and it is the same quality. I have made this several times (I splurge and get mahi-mahi). Enjoy and mahalo for sharing the recipe!

by Rachelle on 11/22/2021

I made this while in Maui and got opah from Costco. It was delicious!!! After I got home to Seattle I tried it with halibut and it was almost as good. I had extra panko mixture left and sauce so later in the week I got some more halibut and tried baking it. I rubbed it on all sides with olive oil, coated it with the mixture and then sprayed some olive oil spray on the top before baking. turned on the broiler for a minute to brown it a bit more. It wasn't quite as good as the fried but for a larger group I would definitely do it so I wouldn't have to be in the kitchen frying while guests are here. Also leftover sauce heated up nicely so it could be made in advance. Planning on making this often!!

by Margaret on 6/5/2021

Hands down my favorite fish from any restaurant. I travel to Maui yearly for this fish and some Hula Pie...and other things :-)

by Steve on 5/25/2021

This recipe would have FIVE STARS if people actually used the stars to vote. It is amazing, just like the restaurant. Used Opa from Costco. So so good.

by jodi on 4/8/2021

This is the best Macadamia Nut crusted Mahi Mahi recipe I've tried! I would highly recommend! The sauce is a must by the way!

by Richard Mattish on 2/20/2021

Ignore the low rating, some people just didn't input a star rating. IT'S DELICIOUS. Thank you to a previous review for pointing that out! We've been to Duke's and wanted to recreate this dish at home, and this was amazing!! Unfortunately we had to sub the opah with salmon since we live on the east coast, but it was still tasty!

by ANONYMOUS on 2/17/2021

Fantastic recipe, pretty much spot on as far as replicating the authentic Duke's restaurant dish. Please be aware that many of the reviews failed to check the "5" stars, even though they said it was good. Or they were comments which didn't required rating the recipe. If everyone checked the correct stars, the correct rating would be a perfect 5-star rating. I made this dish again last night using fresh Hawaiian opah (moonfish) found at our local California Costco. I've made this recipe twice now, followed it to a T and both times it came out fantastic. Prepping is time consuming, so give yourself a solid 40-45 minutes to prep. I used fresh ingredients only, wanted to make sure the taste would be as flavorful as possible. The other fish Duke uses often for their macnut crusted fish dish is mongchong, which is a decent substitute. Have fun making this recipe knowing it will be a winner!

by Isabelle on 2/10/2021

Loved the macadamia nut crusted fish and the lemon sauce!

by ANONYMOUS on 8/24/2020

This is a perfect recipe - was able to recreate this amazing dish at home!

by ANONYMOUS on 12/5/2019

Having been to Duke’s, I can say this recipe is spot on! I tried the dish and just HAD to have the recipe. So thankful for this!

by ANONYMOUS on 2/21/2019

Aloha, we have reviewed the recipe and determined that there indeed is a typo. We have updated it to say 1/2 cup of butter instead. Thank you for letting us know!

by Hawaiian Electric on 11/17/2017

Has to be a type in sauce ingredients. I pretty sure it should have been 1/2 cup butter, not 1 1/2. Otherwise it's impossible to end up with 1 cup sauce.

by ANONYMOUS on 11/16/2017

We went to dukes on KAUAI and this place is fabulous we had the Mac crusted fish (mung something?) light white fish. Amazing combo of sauce spices and of course Mac nuts. I'll come back for this one dish again one day!!

by ANONYMOUS on 6/5/2016