Opah can be cooked in a number of ways, including baking or roasting, grilling or searing before finishing in the oven. This fish is also complemented by a range of different accompaniments, with various recipes including Baked Opah with Lemon Dill Butter, Grilled Hawaiian Opah with Candied Lemons and Herb Salad and Macadamia Nut Crusted Opah with Cabbage Stir Fry.
To make Baked Opah with Lemon Dill Butter, brush the fish with a mixture of salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and white wine, and then sear the fish on either side. Place into a baking dish lined with sliced lemons, salt and pepper and bake. Serve with a lemon butter sauce, made with melted butter, lemon juice and dill.
For Grilled Hawaiian Opah with Candied Lemons and Herb Salad, first create the candied lemons by simmering honey, saffron, pepper, salt, lemons and water until thickened. Then simply season the opah with sea salt, pepper and olive oil, and grill on either side until medium-rare. Remove from the heat and coat with lemon juice and olive oil, followed by the candied lemon sauce, basil, dandelion greens, parsley and chives to serve.
To make the Macadamia Nut Crusted Opah, arrange two baking dishes, filling one with coarsely ground macadamia nuts, flour and panko bread crumbs, and the other with buttermilk and chili paste. After seasoning the fish with salt and pepper, dip first into the buttermilk mixture and then into the nuts and breadcrumbs. Sear in a pan, and then finish in the oven. Serve with a stir-fry of cabbage, onions and cilantro.