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Swai Fillets with Fettuccine

Delicious Recipe for Swai Fillets with Fettuccine

I wanted to buy salmon and ended up with swai fish..Came home and didn't noticed that on the same pile was packed swai fish, which I didn't have a clue what it was until I turned to my trusty friend Google:))
After many pages of research I came to conclusion that Swai is called Tra, Iridescent Shark, Shark Catfish, Striper (Trader Joe's), Striped Catfish.  Swai is sometimes incorrectly called Basa or PangaI liked the taste, it was not like a regular catfish at all. Didn't stink, didn't have bones or have problems cooking it.  I made it few times, and the taste was great.
So today's recipe is combination of Asian and Italian cuisine and I ended up with very flavorful meal.

Homemade delicious recipe for Swai Fillets with Fettuccine

Serves 2-3
  • 1-2 Swai Fillet, large
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 2 green onions
  • Cilantro,
  • Parsley
  • 3 slices of fresh Ginger, grated
  • Pinch Salt 
  • 1 Tbs. Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Soy sauce
  • Few drops of Lemon
  • Parchment paper
  • 1/2 Pk Fettuccine
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 medium sized garlic cloves
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cook for few minutes and place in the food processor.
  • Blend until pureed.
  1. Put the fish in a large parchment paper and add all the ingredients above for fish.
  2. Close the parchment paper, place in the baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes-depending how large fish fillet is.
  3. Boil the salted water and drop the pasta in. Once it's tender drain and cover.
  4. On a serving plate place pasta, drizzle bit of pesto and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. When the fish is cooked, take it out, place on the plate along with veggies and sprinkle with sesame seeds, few spoons of pesto, and garnish with green onions and lemon slices.

Ingredients that I used gave really nice flavor, and kind of combined well together. I actually don't regret that I mistakenly took Swai fillets, it was meant to be I guess to try new things.

Enjoy your Week!


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  1. i love finding new marinades for fish! i've never heard of swai fillets, but looking at your pics, i assume it is a white fish similar to tilapia? your kids must love your schmancy meals! :D

  2. WOW Sandra, what a beautiful meal :)
    Love the color and the sesame seeds sprinkled on the pasta.

  3. Thanks for the introduction to swai fish. I love fish and can't have enough of it. I like this fusion dish a lot. Both the fish and the pasta have exciting flavours and to have them on the same plate would be such a treat.

  4. @Junia- I thought it was tilapia but than the taste is bit different. Thank for stopping by!:))
    @Anncoo- Thanks I am really happy that you like it!
    @Adora- I love fish too, actually any fish but this one was also new to me, thank you for visiting!

  5. Such a beautiful presentation of the fish and pasta! I've never heard of swai fish but now I know it can be turned into a delicious meal. Thanks for sharing.

  6. @ Hyosun- Thank you so very much on the compliment and comment!

  7. That meal looks stunning, Sandra! What a great combination of Asian and Italian cuisine! I can imagine the taste!!!

  8. I don't think I ever ate that fish but it's looks nice and soft. Should look for it next and this dish looks lovely Sandra :)

  9. Thank you Tina and Kankana so very much!

  10. delicious flavours colourful presentation

  11. wow they looks awesome dear, I love the clicks

  12. What a beautiful presentation. I've never had Swai, but your method looks delicious.

  13. This looks like an awesome dish! It is very unique and creative-especially since you did not even know anything about the fish and it was purchased by mistake. Well done-now I will be on the look out for that fish at the market!

  14. Sandra, by looking at the first picture I expected a little bit complicated methods of cooking, but oh wow I'm so shocked how easy this is! I like how you made the taste Italian and Asian combo. Two of your specialty! You know how to play colors in your cooking - must come from your art talent. Very lovely dish!

  15. Looks wonderful, Sandra. I've certainly never heard of Swai fish so you just taught me something new!

  16. I'm allergic to fish, but I think I would risk my very life for that dish! It is SO beautiful - your photos are absolutely incredible!!

  17. @Tamara, and Lolly Thanks so much!:)
    @Tina- Yes total mistake and it was actually good that I tried something new!:)
    @Nami- :)) Well you know how much I love and appreciate both so different cuisines so combining them together was for me heavenly! Thanks Nami!!
    @Carolyn I am so glad that you hear it here first about this fish:)
    @Ann I am so sorry about you allergies..and thank you for your support, but please don't try any fish..take a chicken instead :))
    Thank you ladies for your compliments and comments..I love them all!!

  18. This sounds like a great fusion of the two cuisines! I had never heard of Swai before your post, thanks for introducing me to something new!

  19. Sandra - this dish looks amazing! I love lots of fresh toppings on my fish. And the way you styled it - almost too colorful and pretty to eat.

    By the way, thanks for letting me know about the glitch on my comment form. I fixed and would never have known if you didn't tell me. Thanks!

  20. @ Cassie- Thanks and I am so glad that you like it and learned here about Swai fish!
    @Jamie- :)) Well that was gone in a I said it was really tasty and it doesn't fall apart if you try to cut it was easy to style. Glad to hear that you fix the comment section..:)
    Thanks for stopping by and Thanks!!

  21. Beautiful! You are like an artist "drawing" and "colouring" the plates with your delicious cooking.

  22. Awww Thanks Zoe..I appreciate your compliment so very much:))

  23. Never heard of swai, but it looks great in your rendition! Will look for it next time I go fish shopping!

  24. You are so creative! This is so pretty. I don't even like fish and I want this! Great job!

  25. Never heard of Swai, but from what I see in your post, it looks great! We get tons of Basa here, but I rarely cook with it... I must look out for Swai... fabulous presentation, Sandra... Just gorgeous :)

  26. Sandra your photos look great! I have never heard of Swai the marinade you made sounds like it would be delish!

  27. Oh my, this looks delicious. This could be served in any restaurant. So amazing. Can you come take my food pics? I wish I had your eye. Your styling is out of this world.

  28. @Pola ,Erin and Amber thank you ladies so much!
    @The Harried Cook-Yes,I heard that you have basa in your area..I think that you can find it Swai there as well!
    @Lindselicious- Thanks sweetie!
    @Kim- Awww you are so sweet, thank you very much!

  29. What did we do before the internet? :) This meal looks delicious!

  30. How very adventurous of you to try Swai fish! I don't think I would've rocked it as well as you in this dish. Pairing the fish with your colorful pasta is a great idea, the whole plate makes me sooooo happy!

  31. Beautiful, flavorful and so colorful meal :) I love it!!!

  32. @Baking Serendipity- LOL..I have no idea what people did before the internet :)))
    @Maya, you would totally rocked it! Thanks for stopping by and so glad that this meal makes you happy!:))
    @Suzana-Thanks so much!!!

  33. Ciao Sandra,

    thank you for your visit and comment, your pictures are also beautiful, so professional! Bravissima!

  34. Ciao, ciao happy you stopped by! Thanks so much, I appreciate your comments!

  35. Immediatelly as I opened your post..first thing I thought was:This pics are work of art ,I wouldn't mind having them on my wall in the kitcen.Than I thought can iagine the great taste that goes with it:)

  36. This looks incredible! It's so beautiful and made my tummy rumble. Nicely done!

  37. Thanks for introducing us to Swai. Never had it, never heard of it, but you describe it so well, it has to find it's way onto the menu! Lovely flavors in this dish, too, nice mix of cultures. Beautiful photos, too.

  38. Never heard of swai fish. But looking at the meal - I'd be delighted sit at your table. Love the flavors and the colors - it's summer, it's light and it's tasty.

  39. Looks fantastic Sandra! So beautiful and enticing.

  40. Wow!! Look at you....what a presentation!! Looks amazing Sandra!

  41. Your colors are so amazing! Love the fettuccine... and I've never heard of swai. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Sandra, this is a lovely dish. Your photos are delicious. I am going to look out for Swai. A boneless, non-smelly catfish sounds like it is worth cooking.

  43. i've never heard of swai fish. I shall look and find some, looks awesome!
    hope your son is feeling much better. Hugs to both of you.

  44. Count me in with the rest of the commenters that have never heard of Swai fish. Your presentation in very pretty, you're a natural.


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