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Basa Fish Fry

  • Non Veg
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy



This basa fish fry recipe is the perfect meal for summer fish fries. The basa fish is a species of catfish that is native to the Mekong and Chao Phraya river basins. The fish is eaten all throughout Indochina; you haven’t really eaten like a local until you’ve eaten a spicy fried basa while being surrounded by friends. Basa can get quite large; some can grow to a maximum of 120 cm. You’ll definitely want to make sure to invite people to share.

Health Benefits

This fish fry dish is not just delicious; it is also very healthy for you thanks to the basa component. Basa fish are a species of catfish native to Asia. Catfish are some of the best things for expecting mothers to eat. They offer a lot of nutrients and minerals needed during pregnancy to ensure the proper development of the fetus. Catfish provides the body with phosphor which helps to strengthen bones and teeth. Fetuses need phosphor to begin bone development; if they lack it in their diet they will extract it from the mother. Basa also provide Omega-3 fatty acids which helps with fetal brain and nervous system development.

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How to make Basa Fish Fry

  1. Cut the fillet into 3-4 in pieces.
  2. Place the fish pieces in a large bowl and pour in 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
    1. Add pepper, salt, and red chilli flakes as well.
  3. Grind together the parsley, garlic, remaining 1tbsp of lemon juice, and olive oil.
    1. Pour this paste over the basa pieces.
    2. Gently cover each piece with the marinade.
  4. Heat the white oil in a non-stick pan.
    1. Carefully add in the basa pieces on high heat,
  5. Lower the heat.
    1. Fry the fish on one side for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Gently flip the pieces over.
  7. Fry for another 2 mins.
  8. Serve and enjoy! 


In the UK, basa is commonly called "Vietnamese river cobbler".

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