I love this breaded Basa for its succulent and soft texture and the wonderful flavors of herbs on the top crunchy coating. Slather it up with some tartar sauce for that killer combo!
Today’s recipe of pan fried breaded Basa fish is a winner in true sense! This is the kind of recipe which you can make in a jiffy! You don’t need hell lot of ingredients for this breaded Basa to work. Few regular ingredients from your pantry are all you need to get going and it tastes simply amazing! Isn’t it a total win-win? This breaded Basa is a great option to whiz up when you have unexpected guests at home and I am a keeper for such savior recipes! I come from a cuisine where fish has a dominating presence. Our meal always comprises of at least one fish dish, mainly fish stew to be specific, to be accompanied with rice. My love for fish is very deep rooted and recipes like this pan fried breaded Basa make me immensely happy from inside.
This week had been quite hectic in terms of my day job which is another reason I love such uncomplicated recipes which is not only fast but also satisfies our cravings for good food. This quick and awesome recipe of breaded Basa prove to be my savior during weeks like this when I don’t want to get into the curry zone! Breaded fish is my favorite alternative to fish curries; team it up with some quick grilled sandwiches for a satisfying meal. I can guarantee you will enjoy them better than any take-outs! Basa fish is very delicate in texture and takes no time to cook at all. The crispy outer coating of this breaded Basa complements the soft fish perfectly. Addition of dried herbs to the breadcrumbs takes the experience to a whole new level as you take your first bite!
Before going to the recipe, I must warn you that you may get addicted to this pan fried Basa once you try it for the very first time! I’m serious! I myself have been hooked to it and given the fact that it’s too easy to make, there won’t be any excuse for not making it! Rosemary and chives add amazing flavors to the fish fillet making it so crave-worthy. You can of course try using any other favorite herbs of yours instead of what I have used. Also, if you want to avoid frying, you can bake the breaded Basa fillets after coating it with breadcrumbs; but do toast the breadcrumbs separately before coating. Then bake the breaded Basa fillets at 220 C/450 F for 5 to 6 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Baking will make it even more healthier which is another reason to make this delicacy a frequent affair!
Another good news is that these breaded Basa fillets can be prepared ahead of time and can be frozen which makes it an ideal option for make-ahead meal on a busy weekday or for a house party! I had already shared a different version of pan-fried battered Basa long back which is quite a popular recipe of my blog. That batter fried Basa had a smooth outer coating which melts in your mouth along with the succulent fish which essentially transports me to a food heaven! This crispy fried breaded Basa will give you a different kind of experience in terms of texture & flavor which is also quite amazing! Do try both and let me know which one is your favorite! Enjoy!
- Basa fish fillet – 2
- Egg – 1
- Breadcrumbs – 1 cup or more depending on the size of the fish fillet
- Dried rosemary – ½ tsp
- Dried chives – ½ tsp
- Celery salt – ½ tsp
- Chilli flakes – ½ tsp
- Salt to taste
- Vegetable oil for shallow frying
- Wash and pat dry the basa fillets. Season the fillets both side with salt. You can add freshly crushed black pepper too if you like, but I skipped it.
- In a shallow dish, break and whisk the egg. Season it with a pinch of salt.
- Mix the breadcrumbs with the dried herbs, celery salt and chilli flakes. Add salt and mix well. Go little low on salt because you have already added some celery salt. You can do a taste test to ensure the breadcrumbs are rightly seasoned. Spread the herbed breadcrumbs on a plate.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan which is big enough to hold the fillets without breaking them.
- Take one fillet at a time and dip it into the beaten egg. Then pick it up and place it on the breadcrumb mixture. Coat both sides of the fillet with the breadcrumbs.
- Carefully place the breaded fillet on the frying pan and let it cook on low flame for 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Basa fillet doesn’t take much time to cook; so make sure to cook on low flame, else the breadcrumbs will burn keeping the fish raw inside.
- When the fish is cooked through, take it out and place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- Serve the crispy fried breaded Basa hot with tartar sauce and some green salad. Enjoy!