The other day, a parent of a former student posted about her new food blog. The first blog post focused on a fish named Swai.
Ironically, I had seen this fish in a display at our grocery store earlier that week. I had wondered about it but didn't buy it without knowing anything.
After reading my friend's blog post, I decided to grab some the nest time I was at the store.
Today I needed a quick meal due to some other commitments. The fish seemed like a good fit for our dinner.
So early this morning, I took six fillets out of their packages and put them in a pan of cold water on the counter. (This can be done and put in the fridge 24 hours ahead of time also)
Then I started googling.
I didn't have the sauce my friend Karen had mentioned using.
So I checked out other possibilities.
Then I combined those sources to make my own...
By the way, Swai (rhymes with Why?) is a catfish from Vietnam though it doesn't really look like our usual catfish. It is very reasonably priced, is low cal (200 calories with the ingredients I used), and is one of the "least fishy" types of fish I have ever eaten.
I couldn't WAIT to eat some more tomorrow for lunch. Yum, leftovers.
What I didn't count on was the fact that both my boys would race to eat every last morsel.
And they did.
I guess I should just be happy they liked it.
I sure did!
I will make this again.
Panko Encrusted Swai
6-8 Swai fillets thawed (I put it out this morning in a dish of cold water)
1/2 cup Panko crumbs (I just use plain)
Parmesan (shredded...I HIGHLY recommend freshly shredded)
sea salt and freshly ground peppercorns
Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper.
Brush both sides of each fillet with olive oil.
Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. I did a good job with this. I was SOOO thirsty by the end of the evening. I also added Italian seasoning. Just a few good sprinkles here and there.
Shred Parmesan and sprinkle over one side of chicken.
Spread Panko crumbs over the top.
I also "misted" them with olive oil to help the fish brown.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10-20 minutes.
Like I said, they were a huge hit.
I will be making them again.
Next time, hubby wants to sear them first for a little crispness, then bake them.
PS About 200 calories a serving. :)