Quick and tasty, tender baked salmon with a macadamia nut crust, topped with sweet and tangy pineapple salsa!
I have this quirk where I take it very personally when a store or restaurant goes out of business without informing me. I know it’s irrational to expect every business I’m a patron of to call me personally to let me know that they are closing their doors, but it still bothers me – hence the quirk.
A few months ago my husband and I went dinner with my parents. We wanted to go to McGrath’s fish house, a family favorite. In fact it’s really the only place we go when we’re in the mood for good fish (we’ve never been big Red Lobster fans – don’t judge, to each his own!). There aren’t very many McGrath’s restaurants on the map and sadly over the past 5-6 years the few in Utah have been dying off slowly.
Well we headed up the road about 20 minutes to go to the nearest location – one we’ve frequented for years – and I know you already know where this is going but just act shocked for me okay…. THEY WERE CLOSED. I just sat there in the car fighting the urge to both cry and torch the building simultaneously. The quirky anger set in. “How dare they not tell me they were closing!! The nerve….”
They used to serve this really incredibly tasty macadamia crusted fish dish at McGrath’s and since I can’t go there to get it anymore… I made it myself. (so take that!) I’ve been on a homemade salsa kick lately so I topped mine with some sweet and citrus-y pineapple salsa and it was ah-mazing. I even impressed my father in law with this salmon dish. (woah)
If you love salmon and have 30 minutes to make dinner tonight – make this!!!!! It’s the bombdotcom.
- 4 small salmon fillets (or 2 large)
- 2 cups Diamond of California Macadamia Nuts, finely chopped
- 1 cup shredded coconut flakes (sweetened or unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste (I used ½ teaspoon each)
- 4 tablespoons water+2 whole eggs
- 1 whole fresh pineapple, diced
- 1 white or red onion, diced
- 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped (just the leaves, discard the stems)
- 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon salt
- First prepare the salmon fillets. Preheat the oven to 400 and lightly grease a baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl stir together chopped macadamias, coconut flakes, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk water and eggs until lightly and foamy.
- Place salmon fillets on a sheet of foil and brush the top side with the egg mixture. Sprinkle macadamia-coconut mixture over salmon, gently press with your fingers so it sticks. Gently turn the salmon fillets over and repeat egg mixture and macadamia mixture.
- Transfer salmon fillets to prepared baking sheet (without the foil). Bake for 10-20 minutes until the macadamia crust is golden. (see note)
- While salmon is baking, prepare the pineapple salsa by stirring together all ingredients in a bowl.When salmon is done baking, serve warm with pineapple salsa. Enjoy!
If you end up with leftover pineapple salsa, serve it with tortilla chips!
I partnered up with my pals over at Diamond of California to bring you this awesome salmon recipe. Thanks for letting me work with the brands I love to keep this here blog going!