My husband loves fish. Since I am allergic, I don't partake. Swai was on sale at the grocery so we picked some up. Since he has never tried it before, I decided to cook it in a familiar way for him. He devoured it. I served this with honeyed carrots and fried yellow squash.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine red pepper flakes, seafood seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spread corn meal into a shallow bowl. Season swai fish with red pepper flake mixture and press each fillet into cornmeal to coat. Wrap coated fillets in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Unwrap fish and place in the hot oil; cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Add water, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook, flipping occasionally, until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

330 calories; protein 19.4g 39% DV; carbohydrates 28.7g 9% DV; fat 14.9g 23% DV; cholesterol 56.6mg 19% DV; sodium 238.8mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2015
I tweaked this a bit to my own liking. I omitted the red pepper and added onion powder instead. Because I am impatient and lazy, I didn't refrigerate the fish. After I coated them they went straight into the pan. I had 4 large fillets to cook so I fried 2 at a time in 4 T oil. Didn't add the water as they already had enough moisture to cook. I completely forgot I had cornmeal until I found this recipe and went searching for it. Did you know you can use expired cornmeal from FY 2012 as long as it has not been opened? Super simple way to pan fry Swai. Thank you for posting this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/02/2020
I did not have all the all the ingredients, sooo ...... I don't particularly like swai, but my son wanted. Read More
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2015
I tweaked this a bit to my own liking. I omitted the red pepper and added onion powder instead. Because I am impatient and lazy, I didn't refrigerate the fish. After I coated them they went straight into the pan. I had 4 large fillets to cook so I fried 2 at a time in 4 T oil. Didn't add the water as they already had enough moisture to cook. I completely forgot I had cornmeal until I found this recipe and went searching for it. Did you know you can use expired cornmeal from FY 2012 as long as it has not been opened? Super simple way to pan fry Swai. Thank you for posting this recipe! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2015
Great instructions on how to cook fish well for someone without much fish cooking confidence. I had to use breadcrumbs added rosemary in place of old bay and no time for the refrigerator but delish! My daughter and I are tentative with fish and had seconds. My fish loving hubby was excited as soon as he saw it in the pan. Will definitely repeat! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2016
I'm rating this according to the way I cooked it since All Recipes no longer allows notes. In cornmeal I used 1 tbsp garlic 2 heavy tbsp Cajun seasoning only. I did not ad the water. Frying something crisp then adding water made no sense. Hubby said it was the best way I've cooked his fish. I don't eat it either. Ty for the cooking instruction which is what I needed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2015
This recipe saved the day! It just so happened that the only fish that wasn't outrageously priced was swai which I've only baked in the past. I live in Texas and I'm still WEEKS away from being able to use the oven without jacking up the temperature in the whole house! I thought I'd grill the fillets but hubby-kins forgot to tell me we're out of charcoal. I in "swai" here at allrecipes and found this great alternative! I used the crushed red pepper flakes with some pre-packaged fish coating mix (zataran's?) I had on hand. Wow!! Great taste and very very easy to fry up.. 5 minutes or so on each side for a lovely browned crunchy fillet. I omitted the last step (add water cover cook) because the fillets were perfect without it. Thanks for sharing this dish!! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2016
Great recipe! Tweaked by adding about 1cup of crushed cornflakes in the mix. But everything else was straight off this easy recipe. This is definitely a SAVE! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2016
I love this recipe! I used Louisiana Cajun seasoning and I omitted the water step but the fish came out so golden and crispy. I will make this again for sure it's so easy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2020
Delicious recipe! The only change I made was to mix the cornmeal and seafood seasoning together and coat right before frying. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2016
I am generally not good at frying but it turned out well. Very easy to prepare. I added parsley flakes and rubbed sage to the seasoning mixture. My wife is very picky about her fried fish so I was very happy that she likes it as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2018
Substituted sole for swai skipped the water called for in the recipe served with mango salsa atop a bed of basmati rice beautiful results Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/02/2020
I did not have all the all the ingredients, sooo ...... I don't particularly like swai, but my son wanted. Read More