Nuts with fish may sound absurd, but your family and friends certainly won’t think you are nutty once they have tried these recipes. The following sauce recipes fit beautifully with various types of fish, and feature pine nuts, macadamia nuts and a few other nutty suggestions.
Spicy Grilled Salmon with a Peanut Sauce
If you’re looking for a spicy, nutty sauce for your fish, this mouth-watering creation is perfect for you. This recipe takes a little longer to prepare as you will need to marinate the fish for 4-6 hours to let the spicy flavours soak in. Place the salmon in a glass bowl, and in a separate bowl mix together peanut oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and salt. Whisk the ingredients together and pour over the salmon. Marinate the fish for 4-6 hours, and then grill until it becomes soft and flaky. Serve with rice.
White Fish in Pine Nut Sauce
This recipe calls for a firm white fish, such as cod, sea bass or flounder. This is a simple but delicious recipe that takes 15 minutes to prepare, and only 10 minutes to cook. The pine nuts should be placed into a food processor along with bread, garlic, lemon juice, and fish stock, and then pulse until smooth. Heat the sauce thoroughly in a saucepan. Pan-fry the fish for 2 minutes on each side, and then cover in the pine nut sauce. Serve with a green salad and rice.
Monkfish with Almond Sauce
This tasty recipe takes 15 minutes to prepare, and then another 15 to cook. In a blender, pulverise a handful almonds and pour into a mixing bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and the zest of 1 lemon. The sauce should resemble the texture of pesto. Heat some olive oil in a pan and sauté the monkfish. Cook for approximately 7 minutes on each side. Add a splash of dry white wine, lemon juice, and butter, and cook until the wine has evaporated and the fish is cooked through. Place the fish on a plate, and drizzle over the almond sauce and remaining pan sauce.
Arctic Char with a Hazelnut Pesto
Arctic Char is very similar to salmon, so you can use salmon for this recipe if necessary. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Using a food processor, finely chop one garlic clove. Shut off the motor and add hazelnuts, cayenne pepper, salt, and parsley. Blend until coarsely chopped, and then add oil and blend until it is incorporated into the sauce. Arrange the fillets skin side down in a lightly oiled baking dish, and sprinkle with salt. Spoon the pesto over the fish, and bake until the fish is opaque, approximately 12-17 minutes. If you do not have a food processor the ingredients can be prepared by finely chopping with a sharp knife.
White Fish in Macadamia Butter Sauce
This delicious buttery, nutty sauce is a perfect partner to any white fish fillets, and takes only 10 minutes to cook. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil over a medium heat, and add the fish. Sear in the pan for 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer the fish to a warm plate, and cover with foil to keep warm. Add butter and chopped macadamia nuts to the warm pan, and stir until both nuts and butter are a light golden brown. Season with salt and pepper, add parsley and spoon the sauce over the fish. Serve with a tangy lemon wedge.
Anyone of these delicious sauces will brighten up any mealtime, and add a new dimension to otherwise bland fish recipes. Next time you are stuck for meal ideas, try one of these nutty sauces. Each one is guaranteed to drive your taste buds crazy!
Peter Richardson is a stay at home Dad who likes experimenting in the kitchen. His articles have been published on several food blogs. Click the link for a selection of fish recipes.