As promised here is budding Chef-to-be Tate Edward’s recipe for his Panko Crusted Opah that he served when I was visiting Honolulu recently.
PANKO CRUSTED OPAH ( Moonfish) 4-6 Servings
4-6 good sized Opah fillets
1 cup mayonnaise
1 loose Tbl fresh chopped dill
1-3 cloves minced garlic depending on how much you like garlic, I use about two.
1+ Tbl(s) Sriracha brand hot chili sauce, just how hot do you want it adjust to your taste if it gets too hot add a little more mayonnaise.
salt and pepper to taste but go a little light on the salt, a pinch of each is good.
Seasoned Panko breadcrumbs:
3 cups Panko breadcrumbs ( if not available store-bought seasoned breadcrumbs will do)
1 Tbl dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano crushed
salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
1. mix together the ingredients for the spread and let sit in the refrigerator for 10 or 15 minutes
2. place tin foil on a cookie sheet or half sheet pan and lightly spread with olive oil
3. sprinkle salt and pepper on the foil and place Opah fillets on foil place them together on pan as if making one big fillet then salt and pepper the fillets
4. take spread and cover fillets generously
5. take seasoned Panko or regular seasoned breadcrumbs and cover the fillets, pat then add more if needed, there should be no spread showing.
6. place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on thickness of fillets) check for doneness by touch (should be slightly firm but with some give) or with a fork in the middle fillet cover hole with crust. If crust is browning too quickly cover with foil. If not quite done, place back in oven and check again in about five minutes… if crust needs additional browning broil quickly for no more than two minutes—taking care that crust does not burn!
This recipe goes well with salmon and any fish that has a rather high fat-content.
ALOHA! AND GOOD EATING