Creamy Crunchy Baked Basa Fish

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I have been pondering how to make another new baked Basa fish dish and this recipe is a winner with my family. The fish is spread with a creamy mayonnaise based sauce that includes freshly grated Parmesan cheese, herbs and spices and then is topped with panko crumbs giving the fish a crunchy topping. The results were fantastic and the kids really loved it too. I was thrilled! Check out my other delicious Basa Fish Recipes: Lemon Garlic Baked BasaBasa Fish Tacos, Panko Crusted Basa Fish Sticks and Pan Roasted Basa with Fingerling Potatoes and Onions.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Basa fish fillets (if frozen, defrost completely)
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise (I like Hellman’s 1/2 the Fat)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus a bit more for grating over fish
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne powder
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • a bit of grated lemon zest (1/4 to 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup of Panko crumbs (Japanese bread crumbs – I find them at the sushi counter at the grocery store)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet that will fit all 4 basa fillets, with non-stick aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pat fillets dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, Parmesan, butter, basil, garlic powder, pepper, cayenne and lemon juice and zest.
  4. Spread mixture evenly over the four pieces of fish. Grate a little more Parmesan over the fish before you sprinkle with panko bread crumbs.
  5. In another small bowl combine panko with olive oil and mix lightly. Sprinkle panko evenly over the fish.
  6. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes and then broil for an additional 2-3 minutes to brown the topping nicely.
  7. Remove from oven and serve with your favourite sides (we had mashed potatoes and asparagus).
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59 Comments Add yours

  1. Colleen says:

    Hi
    In this recipe you never mentioned when to add the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, I assume that you combine it with the mayonnaise mixture?

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    1. Thanks Colleen for catching that, you are correct, and I just corrected it on the post. Let me know how you like the recipe!

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  2. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!! I had some Basa filets in the freezer and had no idea what to do with them that would be tasty. My father in law just tries to fry them and fails every time. This recipe was a big winner in our house and we will use it plenty more times!! Big love from Canada!

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am so glad you love the recipe!

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  3. Nikki says:

    I’m going to make this next week, swapping out the mayo for Greek yoghurt as I don’t care for (hate is not too strong a word) mayo. Really looking forward to it!

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thanks Nikki! Let me know how it turns out.

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  4. Nikki says:

    I made this today, using full fat Greek Yoghurt instead of mayo and it turned out fabulous! We absolutely loved it. The only other change I made was to use red pepper flakes instead of cayenne because we love it. I also used my home made spreadable butter because I didn’t soften any of the block butter I had.

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  5. Mary says:

    Looks really yummy!!! I love fish,

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  6. Cindy says:

    Hi Kara, I’ve been cooking and eating Basa for years and this is by far the best recipe I’ve ever tried! DELICIOUS!! It’s my new “go to” for Basa. Thank you so much.

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  7. Elaine says:

    This is sooo good! Thanks :0)

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  8. Yummy yummy yummy!!! The whole family loved this recipe, thank you so much 🙂 xx

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thanks Sarah! My hubby just made it for the family Friday, I was super impressed!
      Thanks for commenting and following the blog – you made my day!

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      1. Aww you’re welcome! I always love a good quick and easy recipe, with stuff I already have in!! Xx

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  9. Jen says:

    Hi Kara

    WOW!!! THIS DISH IS AMAZING!!!

    I used budget ‘Tesco’ White frozen Fillets (Alaska Pollock). I thawed them first and then followed your recipe. I amazingly did not have any Basil in the house apart from 2 fresh leaves, so chopped them and added a few chopped fresh parsley leaves to the mix. Also, didn’t have garlic powder so chopped 2 cloves finely. Again, used ‘clover’ margarine and used normal white breadcrumbs (created in my new professional food processor!) IT WAS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, with new potatoes and seasonal veg.

    Thank you.

    Jen

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thanks Jen! My family loves this fish recipe more than any other.
      Please share : )

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! Makes my day!
      Kara

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  10. Jen says:

    My pleasure and thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.

    Forgot to say, my 6yr old son who normally only has bought fish fingers tried it and loved it too! (Am yet to convince my 9yr old daughter to try fish!)

    Will definitely share your recipes with my family and friends over here in Manchester, England.
    Jen

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thanks so much!
      My husband’s family is all from England so lovely to connect with you!
      Hope to travel back soon!

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  11. atlanta01 says:

    This is one of our new favourites! We are now having this once a week for dinner. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thanks Carolyn! That makes me so happy! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

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  12. Tricia says:

    Do you put the mixture on both sides of the fish or just on the top?

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Hi Tricia, yes I just put the mixture on top of the fish (and usually over onto the side a bit, but not the bottom), makes a nice creamy and crunchy topping! Enjoy and thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!

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  13. Jaime Salamanca says:

    Thank you Kara, I am from Colombia and we love the fish. We (wife and kids) are living in Canada, then this recipe brings us a kind of home flavour.

    Blessings,

    Jaime

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  14. Dana says:

    Hello this looks delicious.. quick question, can I exchange the Panko crumbs with something else? what do you recommend will work as an alternative?

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Hi Dana, I have not used an alternative to panko yet, however perhaps toasted white bread turned into crumbs would work. Toast a piece or two of white bread. Let cool and get nice and dried out on the counter, then cut into pieces, place in a food processor and make your own fine crumbs. I can’t guarantee it is as good as panko, but it may work! Keep me posted!

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  15. Bali Tour says:

    It’s amazing
    Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

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  16. Carole says:

    My favorite fish dish…We love garlic and I use 1/2 tsp of crushed garlic instead of garlic powder…we have enjoyed this recipe 3 times this year, already!

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  17. Karen Archer says:

    This has become a favorite in our family even for those who say they do not like fish.I have done it many times now It is one of those no fail recipes.I love it!

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  18. Lynne Demmery says:

    Fantastic recipe, I tried it tonight, I too used pepper flakes instead of cayenne (next time I’ll go a little easier on it… very good. Its definitely going into my recipe box! Thanks!

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    1. ldemmery says:

      This is an update. I use it on trout (my particular favourite), salmon, any white fish. Halibut is particularly nice too. (My second favourite).

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  19. Rob K says:

    Made it today minus the Parmesan cheese. Absolutely brilliant! My wife actually asked me where I bought dinner. Thank you

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  20. I didn’t have Parmesan cheese so used finely crushed feta and oregano instead and the Basa was a huge hit. The lemon rind is such a nice touch and I used finely ground whole wheat bread crumbs instead of the panko too. It was a huge hit!

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  21. Angelina says:

    I’ve been using your amazing recipes and just had to write about this one in my post on picky eaters. http://www.angelinacleroux.com/2015/02/24/helping-a-picky-eater-enjoy-food/
    Thank you Kara, my kids love it!

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thank you so much Angelina! I will share the link on my Facebook page and be sure to follow you back!

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  22. Fife says:

    so going to try this tomorrow, thanks for posting easy recipe

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  23. Helen Kwan says:

    I just found this recipe and I often make basa but this recipe is the best one yet. My family loved it and my husband had seconds which he never ever does with fish. Thanks so much, Kara!!

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    1. Kara Heald says:

      Thank you Helen!

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  24. Lynn says:

    I made this tonight for dinner!! It was so easy to make and very tasty!! That’s a perfect recipe to me easy and tasty!!

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  25. Carole says:

    I leave out the butter and it is delicious!

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