Hungry for Fishes and Sunshine of Hawaii

With a teasing of sunshine this morning, I almost most convinced myself that the umbrella could remain stashed away. Yes, I realize this is a near-delusional idea — at least until oh, July rolls around. I could have spent another 20-or-so minutes in front of my goLite (a necessary crutch to get through the Pacific Northwest rains), but I needed to stimulate more than just my visual perception.

I cracked open my pantry in search of flavors to stimulate thoughts of summer, and there I spotted it. A bottle of my Macadamia Nut Chili Oil that I had purchased months ago from the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Macadamia Nut Oil infused w/ Chilies

After a trek to the Beaverton Uwajimaya and a scanning of their amazing fish counter, I came across a luscious cut of Opah. Tonight’s dinner…

Sesame Encrusted Opah with a Sauce of Sweet Soy and Ginger

Opah

  1. lightly seasoned Opah with salt and pepper, then encrusted the sides of the Opah steak in a mixture of black and toasted sesame seeds
  2. lightly drizzled Macadamia Nut Chili Oil on both sides of the steak
  3. broiled the fish for a few minutes — just long enough to gain some great coloring

Sauce of Sweet Soy and Ginger

  1. Sauteed garlic and ginger in Macadamia Nut Chili Oil and Toasted Sesame Oil
  2. Added sweet soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a bit of mirin
  3. thickened the sauce with cornstarch slurry

Mmmm. What a way to lift the spirits!

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