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Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe

Today’s Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe is made with basa fish which is a delicate white catfish found in Vietnam. I was honestly surprised at how much I loved this basa fish recipes. . . it’s similar to a farm raised catfish that is so enjoyed in the southern states. Basa recipes are even better when they’re cooked on the grill! We hope you’ll enjoy our Basa fillet recipe. 

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Why we love Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe

I was pleasantly surprised by this mild tasting, white flaky fish that’s part of the catfish family. It was very good and I’m partial to Salmon. 

What is Basa Fish?

If you are like me, your wondering what the heck is that??

• Basa Fish is a species of catfish in the family Pangasiidae.

• Basa are native to the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins in Indochina.

• Basa fish are important food fish with an international market.

• Basa fish are often labelled in North America and Australia as “basa fish”, “swai”, or “bocourti”.

• Basa fish is similar to a white catfish that’s mostly found in southeast Asia. 

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Ingredients for Basa Fish Recipe

  • butter
  • basil
  • Basa Fish (or any variety of white fish)
  • fresh parsley
  • olive oil

How to make Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe

  • Heat grill to medium high.
  • In a small bowl microwave butter until softened–add basil, parsley, and olive oil; stir until combined.
  • Baste both sides of each fish, grill 3-4 minutes per side or until center flakes easily.
  • Enjoy!

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Give our Japanese Salmon Teriyaki Recipe a try too! 

Tips & Tricks for Grilling Fish  

• Clean the BBQ grill grate with a metal scraper.

• To reduce sticking spray generously with cooking spray before igniting grill so it does not flame up. 

• Preheat your grill on medium heat, scrape again if needed to remove any really tough to remove areas.  

• Fish only need a quick cooking time on the grill; always place skin side down and do not turn over. 

• Once fish pulls into natural sections of the fish or pulls away flaky in the center with a fork- it is ready and remove it from heat. 

• Be really careful not to over cook your fish as it dries out with even a minute of extra grilling time! 

• Be generous with any marinade or sauce as you are grilling; do not leave unattended. 

• Grilling is a little like cooking on the Mojave dessert — dry, dry and hot, hot, hot!  Make sure to use your grilling sauce and apply it with each rotation so the meatballs stay nice and moist on the inside.

Serve and Enjoy! 

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Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe

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Today’s Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe is made with basa fish which is a delicate white catfish found in Vietnam.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • 3-4 pieces Basa Fish (or any kind of fish)
  • 1 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Heat grill to medium high.
  2. In a small bowl microwave butter until softened--add basil, parsley, and olive oil; stir until combined.
  3. Baste both sides of each fish, grill 3-4 minutes per side or until center flakes easily.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g

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Our Vietnamese Basa Fish Recipe is a mild fish so everyone will love it!

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    FYI…basa is what is putting the United States catfish farmer out of business. I am from the Mississippi Delta where Belzoni (The Catfish Capital of the World) is located. Basa is raised in extremely crowded, extremely dirty ponds or roped off areas in dirty rivers. Don’t expect that you are eating farm raised US catfish at a restaurant, either. ASK your server where the fish was raised. I bet you will be surprised! I totally understand trying to shop on a budget. However, please think of health and shopping USA whenever possible. I really like your blog and thought you would want to know this info.

    • Ruth says:

      Thank You for the comment Elizabeth… it is good information to keep in mind, that’s for sure! I honestly had no idea and I’ll probably not use this type of fish again… BUT this recipe would be super yummy with about any kind of fish that’s preferred so, I hope you give it a try with some catfish over there 🙂

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