14 Swai Fish Recipes for Easy Weeknight Dinners
Known by many names, such as Asian catfish, Vietnamese catfish, and creamy dory, the swai fish is also commonly labeled basa or sutchi in the seafood department. (Despite the name, swai and catfish are not from the same family of fish.) But no matter what name you choose, you're sure to love this light and flaky fish. Swai's mild flavor makes it a great choice for those who aren't fish fans or cooks looking to help picky eaters transition from chicken to fish. To get introduced to this delicious seafood, try one of our top-rated swai recipes. These 14 recipes all have ratings of 4 stars or higher and rave reviews from our community.
Spicy Catalina Swai
Swai is coated with sweet Catalina dressing and spicy chile-garlic sauce before getting cooked until crispy on the grill.
Crispy Baked Basa
"My husband and I took one bite of this and agreed that it tastes like we ordered it at a restaurant," says Bridgette Eva Burbank. Don't skip the dipping sauce, its tangy flavor pairs perfectly with the fish.
Seasoned Swai Fish Fillet
Recipe creator Allie says, "I typically do not like fish. However, I love this one!" The dish is brightened up with the flavors of white wine and lemon.
Swai Fish Tacos
Reviewer Angelika says, "This recipe taught me that swai is a versatile and tasty fish, and I keep finding it for a steal at my local store so I'm happy to add this to my rotation of midweek dinners!"
Rich cheese and smoky roasted tomatoes make the sauce for smothering this swai. "I wasn't sure these flavors would go together but they DID," says June Brown. "It was really delicious. Just smelling it cooking was driving me wild."
Parmesan-Crusted Swai Fish
Stuffing mix, Parmesan, and pecans make up the crunchy and savory coating for this recipe. For a finishing touch, serve with a slice of lemon on the side.
Easy Elegant Baked Fish
This is the best recipe for letting swai's natural flavor shine through. Butter adds some richness, which is cut by tangy lemon juice and briney capers.
Suzy's Swai Meuniere (Swai in Lemon Butter Sauce)
"Traditionally this recipe is made with the much more expensive Dover sole, but swai is the perfect substitute for the budget-conscious gourmet," says recipe creator OSuzyQ. "Bon appetite, mes amis!"
Oven Baked Swai
You just need a handful of ingredients to create this impressive swai fish recipe. Tangy tomatoes, sweet sautéed onions, and rich olive oil combine to top the swai before baking.
Pan-Fried Swai Fillets
Easy Garlic Swai Fish
User RV Living says, "Easy, loved it. I could eat this several times a week for lunch or dinner and not get tired of it."
Pescado con Queso (Cuban Fish with Cheese Sauce)
This recipe is a comforting dinner that's easy to whip up in less than an hour. The swai bakes up in a layer of cheesy sauce that's begging to be served with a side of bread for sopping up the extra sauce.
Jamaican-Seasoned Sautéed Swai Fillets
Curry Orange Swai
Bright orange juice and aromatic curry powder combine to create this Indian-inspired dish. If you're sensitive to spice, you can reduce the amount of sambal oelek used to taste.