Opakapaka w/Tri-Citrus Butter Sauce

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This delicious Opakapaka w/Tri-Citrus Butter Sauce recipe was provided compliments of world famous Chef Chai of Chai’s Island BistroDining Out with Chai & Singha Thai Restaurant.

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Opakapaka w/Tri-Citrus Butter Sauce

This delicious recipe was provided compliments of world famous Chef Chai of Chai's Island Bistro, Dining Out with Chai & Singha Thai Restaurant.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hawaiian, Local, Seafood
Keyword: opakapaka, tri citrus, butter sauce, recipe, chef chai, flour, butter,


  • 8 ounces Opakapaka
  • 1 ounce Flour
  • 2 ounces Clarified butter
  • Salt and Pepper

Tri-Citrus Butter Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/8 cup Orange juice
  • 1/8 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup White wine
  • 1 Shallot (diced)
  • 6-8 pieces Whole black peppercorns
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 pound Unsalted Butter
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Season the opakapaka with salt and pepper, then cover evenly with flour.
  • Heat the clarified butter on medium heat in a saute pan.
  • Place the opakapaka in the pan with the skin side up and cook for 3 – 3 1/2 minutes. Turn fish over and cook for an additional 3 – 3 1/2 minutes.
  • Place the cooked opakapaka on a large plate and drizzle the tri-citrus butter sauce around the fish.
  • Garnish with fried basil and fruit sections.

Tri-Citrus Butter Sauce:

  • Reduce the grapefruit, orange and lemon juices along with the shallots, wine, peppercorn and bay leaves in a sauce pan until one ounce of liquid is left.
  • Add the cream, butter (chopped into small cubes) and add to the cream a little at a time.
  • When the butter is fully melted, strain into a cup and add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
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