Swai is a mild fish that is very easy to cook and does not have a strong fishy taste or smell. It is generally imported from Asia and is known by a list of other names – Vietnamese Catfish, Basa Fish and Iridescent Shark. Most of us have crossed paths with this variety of catfish as it is a very popular aquarium fish. In other parts of the world it is very popular as a source of protein, as it grows quickly and tastes very good. Here is simple recipe for Swai fish to add to your meal.
Oven baked Swai recipe
Estimated preparation time: 10 minutes
Estimated cook time: 20 minutes
Ready in 30 minutes
2 (4 ounce) fillets Swai fish
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large tomato diced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place Swai fish in a glass casserole dish or foil covered baking sheet and lightly season with salt and black pepper.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until softened, about 10 minutes.
Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Pour tomatoes over onion mixture; cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.
Spoon tomato mixture over fish.
Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Swai very popular in Trinidad and Tobago
Swai has increased in popularity during recent times and is available at most supermarkets. Since it is imported, it is not subject to fluctuations in price due to availability issues. During Lent, the price of locally sourced fish can reach as high as TT$75 to TT$100 per pound (TT$165 to TT$200 per kilogramme) for Carite and King fish respectively.
Remember to season Swai fish lightly
Swai as mentioned before is a very mild tasting fish, and does not have that strong fishy taste or smell. As a result, it should be seasoned lightly as if you were to use very strong aromatic herbs or seasoning with this fish it would over power it and you would just end up tasting seasoning. This recipe can be used with any fish in with which case you can season to taste and cooking time would remain the same.
April 2017 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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