Friday, February 27, 2009

Caramelized Chili Basa Filet

Our local market advertised a sale on basa swai this week, a fish I had never heard of but was interested in trying. I did some research and found out that basa is a Vietnamese white fish, similar to catfish. The market was carrying farm raised filets so we picked up 2 of them yesterday.

Since I'm still new to fish, I like to add a lot of flavor to almost hide the fact that I'm eating fish. I found this recipe for Caramelized Chili Basa Filets and it sounded interesting, especially since we love garlic and all things spicy. I didn't have sweet chili sauce, so instead of using both garlic and sweet chili sauce, I used some spicy chili garlic sauce.


  • 2 basa filets
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce (original recipe called for 2 tsp minced garlic and 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce)


  • Line broiling pan or cookie sheet with foil.
  • Sprinkle pan with lemon juice and salt
  • Place fish on pan, and spread chili garlic sauce evenly over fish
  • Place under broiler on low for about 6-7 minutes.

Our sauce didn't exactly caramelize, but if we left it in any longer the fish would have dried out.

This fish was so delicate and flaky -

Although the sauce was just a bit much (too heavy) for a light fish, the flavors in the sauce gave the fish a good punch! We started dinner with a spinach salad, and enjoyed the fish with some roasted broccoli - a healthy and delicious dinner.

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1 comment:

  1. Mary Ellen, my comment is more about how you added the search gadget to the top of the blog, "Enter Keyword or ingredient" feature. I'd love to add this to my blog. How did you do it?

    This fish recipe looks great btw. Second time in a day I've been turned onto chili sauce and sweet & spicy sauces. Will have to try this one too!