Swai Fish Recipes

Swai fish is one of the most common white fish available in the United States. Swai is also called Basa fish. They are a type of catfish and mostly farm-raised in Vietnam.

Its fillet has a delicate taste, with semi-firm flesh. It’s one of my favorite fish recipes, other than baked cod and tilapia recipes.

Cooking Swai is very easy and one of my favorite Swai fish recipes is pan fried on the skillet.

In this recipe, I will teach you how to cook Swai fish and make restaurant quality pan fried fish in lemon butter sauce.

swai fish recipes

How to cook swai fish in the oven
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Prepare the seasoning for the fish. …
  3. Spray the fish with cooking spray so the seasoning will stick to the fish.
  4. Bake the fish for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Turn off the oven but leave the fish in the oven for 15 minutes so the fish continues to cook.
  6. Enjoy.

Lemon Butter Swai Fish

swai fish recipes

Lemon Butter Swai Fish – tender and moist pan fried fish with lemon butter sauce. This recipe takes 10 mins from start to finish and rival the best seafood restaurant. Serve alone or with pasta for dinner.

Prep: 5min

Total: 20min

Yield: 2

Serving Size: 2 people

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 2 people, calories 157 kcal, Carbohydrate 1 g, Protein 1 g, Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium 23 mg, Sugar 1 g


  • 1 lb. Swai fish or Basa
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley


  1. Rinse the swai fish fillets with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Seasoned both sides of the fish with salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Heat up a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil. Pan fry the Swai fish fillet, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Turn the fish over gently and pan fry the other side until both sides are light brown with slightly crispy edges. Dish out on a plate.
  3. In a sauce pan, heat the melted butter, then add the white wine and lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt. As soon as the sauce bubbles, turn off the heat. Drizzle the sauce on the fish, garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Lemon Garlic Butter Swai Fish

swai fish recipes

Swai Fish is cooked in a lemon butter garlic sauce with fresh ginger and capers. It only takes under 30 minutes from start to finish.

Prep: 10min

Total: 25min

Yield: 2

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 688 kcal, Carbohydrate 1 g, Protein 31 g, Fat 63 g, Saturated Fat 41 g, Cholesterol 195 mg, Sodium 904 mg, servingSize 1 serving


  • 2 fillets Swai fish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Lemon
  • Italian parsley (chopped)


  1. Rinse the swai fish fillets with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and wait for it to start sizzling. Pan-fry the fillets, about 1-2 minutes per side, or until light brown. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add capers, lemon juice, parsley, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. As soon as the sauce starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  4. Serve immediately.

Swai fish recipe


Is swai a good fish to eat?

Swai is an excellent source of selenium and a good source of niacin and vitamin B12. However, amounts can vary based on what the fish is fed ( 5 , 8). Swai don’t have particularly healthy diets. They’re typically fed rice bran, soy, canola and fish by-products.

Is swai fish the same as tilapia?

Swai comes from Southeast Asia and gets shipped frozen to the States, whereas tilapia gets caught and raised all over the world. When cooked, both fish are white and become tender and flaky, making them great options for fried fish cookouts. Tilapia tends to be fattier than swai, and can have darker bits to the flesh.

What are the concerns with swai fish?

In these fish farms are a host of chemicals, including anti-parasitic drugs, antibiotics and disinfectants. There’s also concern over the mercury levels found in swai fish and other heavy metal residues.

Which is healthier tilapia or swai?

Both fish have similar nutritional value and are a good source of lean proteins and omega-3 fats. Both Tilapia and Swai are freshwater fishes and are massively farmed to meet the demands of the consumers.

About the author

Helen is an author and editor at helenbackcafe.com, who has a passion for writing about recipes. She loves to experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques to create delicious and unique dishes.

Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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