Pistachio Crusted Cobia with Brown Butter


4 Cobia filets skin-off
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Agave
2 tablespoons Clarified butter
½ cup American pistachio kernels
¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley (Reserve small amount for garnish)
¼ pound Unsalted butter
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste


Place butter in sauce pan over low heat until a light brown color develops. Strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter. Preheat oven to 375⁰F. In blender pulse pistachios, breadcrumbs and parsley until coarsely chopped. Mix dijon mustard and agave. Season both sides of cobia with salt and pepper. Heat sauté pan with clarified butter on medium high heat. Sear top side of cobia for 3-4 minutes and remove from pan and place on baking sheet pan. Let cobia cool slightly. Brush seared side of cobia with dijon and agave. Roll pistachio bread crumb mixture on dijon and agave. Bake cobia at 375⁰F for 5-7 minutes or until internal temp is 140⁰F. Serve with brown butter on the bottom of the plate. Garnish with parsley. Let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!