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This baked pecan crusted fish is as delicious as it is nutritious. Before you take your first bite, brace yourself for a taste sensation unlike any other. You’ll love the combination of the crunchy texture of the nuts and the creamy sweetness of the honey-flavored mayo. This is one recipe you’ll want to keep.
I grew up eating fish of all types. Although we moved quite a bit, we always went back to Mississippi. In Biloxi, we had the Gulf of Mexico. The rest of South Mississippi had plenty of rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water.
My grandparents on my mother’s side lived a little farther north, where there were lakes, ponds, and streams. They did have a pond on their property, where I was able to catch catfish, bream, and trout. But they also had a fishing cabin on a bayou near the Gulf Coast. Fishing was great in the brackish water.
My daddy’s parents lived in a small Mississippi town, so there was generally plenty of fish available. I always thought that my grandmother was one of the best cooks because she put such interesting twists on dishes. For example, after tasting trout almondine, she made what she called perch pecandine. It made sense because they had pecan trees in their back yard.
So the recipe below is the same concept. Only you don’t have to use perch. In fact, any fish will work. My husband isn’t fond of stronger flavored fish, like salmon, so most of the time I use white fish. However, I like the salmon just as much.
I love the fact that I’m able to combine more than one nutritious food to create one that is not only good for me but also tastes wonderful. In fact, I look forward to having dinner when I make this baked pecan crusted fish.
Benefits of Eating Fish
Most people are aware that fish is nutritious. According to Healthline, it is loaded with protein and vitamin D. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are good for you brain, heart, and other organs.
Here are some more benefits of eating fish:
- Fish contains nutrients that help fight depression.
- It helps lower your risk of having strokes or heart attacks.
- Fish assists in brain development.
- It also helps reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases.
- As you age, it helps to protect your vision.
Benefits of Eating Pecans
Like most nuts, pecans contain quite a few essential nutrients. For this reason, we should all eat more of them.
Here are some of the benefits of enjoying pecans:
- Pecans help with weight control because you feel full more quickly, and they help increase your metabolism.
- They are loaded with fiber, so they are great for your digestive system.
- Pecans have lots of phosphorous, so they help you grow and maintain healthy bones and teeth.
- Eating nuts regularly helps reduce your risk of stroke.
- They contain antioxidants that help fight free radicals that may cause cancer and premature aging.
- Pecans contain L-arginine, an amino acid that helps reduce hair loss and stimulates hair growth.
Ingredients in Baked Pecan Crusted Fish
You’ll need enough white fish fillets so each person can have at least one.
You also need mayonnaise, honey, and crushed pecans.
Other things you can add are extra salt, pepper, seasoning salt, or lemon juice.
How to Make Baked Pecan Crusted Fish
Since I like to use pecans in a lot of different dishes, I prefer to purchase big bags of pecan halves at Costco. Then I can either use them intact, or I can crush them according to the needs of the recipe.
This recipe calls for crushed pecans. Sometimes I use my manual food processor, and other times I use my NutriBullet. It basically just depends on my mood that day.
After you crush the pecans, spread them out on a large plate or sheet of wax paper. It’s much easier to roll the fish when you do this.
In a bowl with a wide opening, mix the mayonnaise and honey. Dip the fish into the mixture making sure it is coated on both sides.
Next, place the fish on a greased baking sheet or in a large casserole dish. I prefer the casserole dish because it helps contain the pecans that roll off.
Now is the time to add additional seasoning. I lightly sprinkled some seasoning salt over it this time.
Finally, bake the fish until it is flaky. If you have thin fillets like I had, it takes about 18 minutes. One thing you don’t want to do is overcook the fish because it gets too dry.
If you like tartar sauce, you can either purchase one that’s ready made. Or you can make it yourself by combining some mayonnaise, mustard, sweet pickle relish, and a squirt of lemon. I prefer it without the tartar sauce, but my husband likes to add it.
What to Serve with Your Fish
You can serve this fish with almost anything. I like it with twice-baked potatoes or some yellow rice. Add this tomato cucumber corn salad, and you have a delicious meal. Oh, and don’t forget dessert. I think the perfect dessert for baked fish is this pineapple upside down cake or this chocolate walnut pie.
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- 4 fillets of any white fish (flounder, perch, whiting, or cod)
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 cup of crushed pecans
- Seasoning salt or salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the bottom of a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a wide bowl, combine the mayonnaise and honey. Mix well.
- Dip the fish fillets in the mayonnaise and honey mixture.
Coat the fish with pecans. I like to spread the pecans over a large plate or wax paper and press the fish into the pecans.
- Place the coated fish on the baking pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake the fish for 18 minutes or until the fish is flaky.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 547 Total Fat 38g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 31g Cholesterol 123mg Sodium 335mg Carbohydrates 12g Fiber 3g Sugar 10g Protein 40g