Pecan-Crusted Opakapaka

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by ChrisMc

Opakapaka is the Hawaiian word for red snapper. This is a very popular fish in Hawaii, and having tried it, I can see why. The preparation isn't really Hawaiian, though. I usually prefer my seafood without breading, but this pecan crust is fantastic.

Top Review by merrileegh

Opakapaka is actually Pink Snapper, as opposed to Red. Quite a different taste. I love opakapaka, with it's almost lobster-like flavor, and do not like red snapper at all. <br/><br/>Having said that, I'm making this opakapaka recipe tonight, but with either macnuts or almonds. Mahalo for what looks like a delicious and easy recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 scallion
  • 12 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 14 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 4 opakapaka fillets (red snapper)
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  1. Mix flour, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix milk and egg.
  3. Mince scallions and pecans and mix with crumbs.
  4. All three of these mixtures should be on separate flat dishes.
  5. Dip each fillet in flour mixture, then in milk mixture, then in pecan mixture.
  6. Heat oil.
  7. Cook fillets 3 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Turn carefully and cook 3 minutes on the other side.

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