Sunday, March 8, 2009

More Fish - Baked Basa

Tonight I planned on making barramundi for Jon and found this recipe (scroll down to the second recipe listed) for Baked Barramundi. When I got to the market, they didn't have barramundi, but they did have basa swai, the fish we made last week. And since I'm trying really hard to eat fish more often, I was happy to find something that I knew I liked.

I used the recipe for Baked Barramundi for the Basa.


  • One fillet barramundi (I used 2 basa filets)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Three cloves garlic
  • One fresh chili (I didn't have a chili, so I used a few shakes of red pepper flakes on each filet)
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (I used about 3 tbsp)
  • ½ cup fresh shallots (my market was out of shallots so I used 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion)
  • One fresh lemon
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Cracked black pepper to taste


  • Lay a bed of foil in a baking dish and lay the fish on the foil (I put the filets on separate pieces of foil)
  • Cover with olive oil and white wine.
  • Spread minced garlic, finely chopped chili, chopped parsley and shallots on and around the fillet.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the barramundi and add some cracked black pepper.
  • Fold the foil around the fish and place in preheated oven at 375 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes.

The Basa is such a light fish without much flavor, so these ingredients worked perfectly. I served the fish over some rice and with a side of roasted asparagus.

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  1. I actually found your blog because I was searching for a recipe for basa. I'd never had it or even heard about it before seeing it at the store. I made this for my parents and they enjoyed it. I also had no shallots but the red pearl onions worked just fine. I went with just half a mild dried chili as well. Served it with some brown rice and grilled squash. No complaints only rave reviews from all those that ate it. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I had a similar expereience as the lady that left the comment about never having basa and finding it in the grocery store. My husband works at a safeway and basa was on sale when I went in one day. I have been trying to eat healthier in my house, we've all ben trying to loose some weight. I found this recipe when I googled basa recipes. I didn't follow the recipe very well. I substituted quite a few items but the dish turned out yummy anyways. Instead of white wine I used viniger, I used garlic powder and onion powder instead of the garlic and onions asked for, and I even added an extra ingredient that was never asked for.

  3. ..this recipe is totally awesome! we've used it 3 times already to the T and it have proven itself each time! I feel like Chef Ramsey when I make this! We used one serrano pepper,(you can remove the seeds if you can't handle the heat) We had fresh steamed green beans with, red potatoes chopped and spiced, shaken up with olive oil in a bowl with a lid, then baked in the oven! Try it you'll love it!!