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Crispy oven fried swai

Poor Girls Oven Fried Swai
Poor Girls Oven Fried Swai
Nancy L Young-Lupinski

 Living on Cape Cod there is an abundance of fresh fish to try every week. However, it can get very pricey.

 This week Stop & Shop had an interesting fish on sale. It looked harmless enough with its pale pinkish hue and long thin fillets...and at 3.99 for a was worth checking out.

 The kindly man behind the asked us if we had tried this fish before....saying no he told us it was from Vietnam and was a member of the Catfish family. He also told us that though it looked like a regular white fish, it was actually very sweet.

 He said this almost as if though warning us. Happy to take on the challenge...and happy to be eating an affordable fish I dove in head first!

 This fish is delicious!

Also known as a Basa fish, it was hard to find many recipes so I took a risk...and I am sure glad I did!

 Here is a recipe for Poor Girls Fancy Oven fried Swai Fish! It is crispy, sweet, and delicious with tartar sauce!

 Fish Ingredients

serves 4

1 Lb Swai (Basa) fish

1/2 c corn meal

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 tbsp. Lemon Pepper Seasoning

1 large egg

Home Made Tartar Sauce Ingredients

2 Tsp Lemon Juice

2 Tbsp Mayonnaise (reduced fat!)

2 Tbsp Sweet Pickle relish



1. Preheat the oven to 425. Grease a long baking dish or cookie sheet.

2. Beat the egg in a  large bowl.

3. Combine corn meal, bread crumbs and lemon pepper in a large dinner dish or lage bowl.

4. After washing the fish, pat dry with a paper towel. Cut the fish into 4 equal portions.Dredge the fish through the egg and then through the breadcrumb mixture, placing smooth side down on the baking dish. Make sure you coat well!

5. Bake the fish for 15 minutes,or until it flakes easily with a fork, turning the fish half way through.

6. As the  fish bakes mix in sweet pickle relish, mayo, and lemon juice to make your tartar sauce.

7. When the fish is cooked through, place on plate, serve with lemon wedge and tartar sauce....enjoy!

 As you see from the photos, this fish was so good I forgot to take a picture before I  HAD to taste it! The flavor is Slightly sweet and buttery. The texture is light and fluffy and with  the breading adds a nice crisp!

Go forth and Yum On!


  • Carolyn 5 years ago


  • Johanna 5 years ago

    Lokks really good ! cant wait to try it! thanks Nancy.

  • Betty 4 years ago

    I tried this recipe and it was delicious. I put it under the broiler at the end to crisp it up a bit more. Thank you for the posting.

  • Salim 3 years ago

    Didn't exactly come out as in the picture, perhaps since I substituted flour for cornmeal, but was pretty yummy nonetheless! Here's what it looked like:
    Thanks a lot for the recipe!

  • Rod 3 years ago

    This was amazing picture-perfect!!! Great recipe!

  • Diane 1 year ago

    Trying it today, will let you know how it comes out.

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