|Hake with Peppered Macadamia Nuts
¾ cup macadamia nuts, chopped
2 TBS New Mexico red chile, crushed
¼ cup vegetable oil, or more as needed
8 hake fillets
2 TBS unsalted butter
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 lemon, cut in wedges
1 TBS minced parsley
Evenly mix the chopped nuts & crushed red chile & spread on a large sheet of wax paper. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Meanwhile, lightly press both sides of fillets into mixture on wax paper, using all of the mixture & coating each fillet as evenly as possible. Gently place as many fillets in skillet as will easily fit. Cook over medium heat until golden on bottom; turn gently, being careful not to break fillets. When second side is golden, turn each fillet out onto warmed plates & keep warm. Repeat to cook remaining fillets, adding more oil as necessary to prevent sticking.
Add butter to nut coating left in skillet; cook, stirring, until golden brown ( do not scorch ). Turn off heat & stir in lemon juice; then evenly spoon nut - butter sauce over fillets. Dust center edge of each lemon wedge with parsley & some crushed red chile; garnish fish with lemon wedges.
Makes 8 servings.
For those who like it really HOT; offer additional crushed red chile at the table.