Easy Parmesan White Swai Recipe

by Robyn Wright on June 6, 2012

in Food

Parmesan White Swai Fish - Swai RecipesWe just finished dinner with  and I had to share this super easy swai recipe with you all. I’m overdue to go to the grocery store so I had to use what I had on hand and it was really a very good meal. Fish is a healthy food that I am trying to serve more often.

The fish I used is white swai, it’s also called white ruffy (white roughy). I shared about this fish with my Grilled White Ruffy recipe before. This is fish that I normally buy from the fish counter at my local grocery store, but I happened upon frozen white ruffy fillets at Target a few weeks ago. My son loves white swai so I bought it thinking he could take out a piece for lunch as needed. He hadn’t eaten it so I grabbed it for dinner tonight. I was very pleased with the quality of the fish and the condition of it after thawing. I will definitely be buying this again to keep in the freezer. The corn is Green Giant’s Steam Crisp Niblets, out new favorite canned corn. The peas are frozen from Trader Joes – I do not know what it is about these peas but they are the best frozen peas ever!

I did a quick search for swai recipes and fish recipes to find an idea on how to cook this and found Broiled Tilapia Parmesan on AllRecipes. I adapted this to fit what I had on hand and it has fewer ingredients. You could make this recipe with any mild fish or the white swai like I did. It took less than 15 minutes to have the entire meal cooked and on the table. You may need to adjust time under broiler based on thickness of fish fillet.

Easy Parmesan White Swai (White Ruffy or White Roughy)

  • 1 package Market Pantry Swai Fillets from Target – thawed (or use mild white fish of choice)
  • 3 tablespoons of margarine (normally I would have used butter, but I was out)
  • 2 tablespoons Hellmann’s mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (for this I liked powder rather than fresh so the pieces wouldn’t burn under broiler)
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Parmesan Cheese (yes I used the green can for this recipe – sometimes it is a good choice)
  • Salt and fresh black pepper
  • Lemon juice (I was out of lemons, after cooking normally I would use fresh lemon to squeeze, but in a pinch the bottle of lemon juice did the trick)

Turn on broiler. Cover sheet tray with aluminum foil. Place thawed white swai fillets on foil and lightly salt and pepper the top of fish. Broil for 3 minutes. Mix margarine, mayo, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and more black pepper in a bowl well. Remove fish fillet from broiler and flip each fillet over. Now divide the mixture and spread evenly over each fish fillet. Place back in broiler for another 4 minutes. Serve with lemon. Enjoy your Parmesan White Swai!

A little more about white swai. It actually is known by many terms: swai, white swai, swai basa, basa fish, asian catfish, white roughy, white ruffy, and there are probably more that I don’t even know about. It is a fresh water farmed fish from Vietnam which means it is very low (or free of) mercury but it does have that awesome Omega-3 fish oil. Use it in the same recipes that you might use tilapia or cod or any mild white fish.

I would love to know if you try this swai recipe and what you think of it. Is white swai (white ruffy or white roughy) a fish you already eat regularly in your home?  Do you have other swai fish recipes to share?

© 2012 – 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • tannawings

    This sounds so good! Hubby only likes shrimp as far as anything in the water goes… me, I could eat fish everyday! I like the idea of a coating on this- as a fish eater I do like either a more flavorful fishor something on them if they are mild varieties.. Can I come over ? :) 

  • http://twitter.com/toothfairycyber Tooth Fairy

    Interesting recipe, since I have never hear of  white swai, or white ruffy fish!

  • 4hatsandfrugal

    I’m a big fish eater, like your son, so this recipe is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Lee Taylor

    Yum! Yum! Yummy! My wife and I are avid fish eaters and we both love white swai! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/1smi1ey1 mishmisha

    I just discovered Swai.This sounds good

  • jackie

    We were just introduced Swai and love it. This receipe is something I will try next time. Thanks

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      Let me know what you think if you try it!

  • Nicole Rawlinson

    going to try this tonight! pretty excited to see how it tastes!

  • Welewa

    We tried this and all of us loved it, including our 9 year old son. I’m cooking it again tonight, as a matter of fact. Its very fast, very easy and very tasty! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      Awesome, especially that your son enjoyed it.

  • Patrick

    My wife does not normally care for fish but said this was the best fish she has had and is ready for more. Both my son and I really loved it as well.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      Awesome! So glad you liked it!

  • mrbrada

    Tried it tonight just as you have it – fantastic! Next time I will not use as much butter and will add some bread crumbs to give it some consistency. Also, I did have to broil the fish longer – they must have been thicker fillets!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      Yes, thickness of the fillets will make a difference in cooking time. I personally like my fish more well done than most people so I cook it a little longer often too.

    • Essie Hollandsworth

      Instead of bread crumbs just add a little more paresan on top as you broil……To die for!!

    • Essie Hollandsworth

      Instead of bread crumbs just add a little more parmesan on top as you broil……To die for!!

  • chrissy

    I am not a big fish eater and just recently stumbled upon swai. This recipe was incredibly delicious! I used a bit less butter and replaced it with olive oil just for some good fats but it was delicious. Thank you!

  • jessicalynn13

    i loooove this recipe its delicious! i used miracle whip an limes but its sooo good thank u

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      We have done the mayo thing with chicken often – yum!

  • James

    My family really loved this for dinner, we will be making this again. My wife does not like fish very much but enjoyed this.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com Robyn Wright

      Wonderful! So glad you all enjoyed it! With it being such a mild fish most folks who aren’t crazy about fish even like this.

  • http://twitter.com/irishblush Robin Bebout

    I did just discover Swai but am excited, I’m gonna try your recipe tonight, but I am gonna share one that a woman from Hawii shared with me. crush some macadamia nuts & mix with melted butter or margarine, roll swai in it till covered and bake, she did say it is also good fried, but is awsome baked.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn’s Online World

      I love the idea of the crushed macadamia nuts to coat the fish! Thank you for sharing! Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: Easy Parmesan White Swai Recipe

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.sibley.9 Erin Sibley

    what about using fresh squeezed orange juice would you get a sweeter taste?

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Probably! Sounds like a good thing to try

  • Jackie

    Thanks for the great idea. the coating sounded so much like my artichoke dip I decided to toss in some cayenne pepper and chopped artichokes. yummm. also if you are out of lemons/juice like me balsamic vinegar tastes great with fish.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Oh yum Jackie, that sounds good with the cayenne and artichokes. I do love balsamic on fish also, okay really I love it on just about everything

  • Bridget

    We tried this last night for dinner and enjoyed it alot, The kids even ate it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright


  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.sibley.9 Erin Sibley

    I just made this and it was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had so good and my boys devoured it thanks for sharing loved it and first time trying swai and I will def buy it more and make it more

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Great Erin! So glad you enjoyed it. The white swai is a good mild fish to use in lots of different fish recipes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/coralyn.hart Coralyn Ginger Sprague Streett

    My husband gave this two thumbs up! It’s a definite keeper! :) Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright


  • Agapemom2012

    Really good but a little salty. Kids loved it!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Leave out the salt next time

  • Patricia Walls

    Very good ,husband really enjoyed it! Probably won’t use the initial salt on fish as little too salty for our diet. Will certainly be making this again ,though. Thank you Robyn!!

    • http://www.RobynsOnlineWorld.com/ Robyn Wright

      Glad you enjoyed it for the most part, leaving out the salt is easy enough and if you use fresh parm instead of the green can of parm it will be less salty

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.thompson.169 Jane Thompson

    Love Swai and this recipe was delicious!! Served it with roasted Brussels Sprouts and the meal was devoured!! My honey, who is an excellent cook, enjoyed it as well as her two teenage boys….who can be VERY picky, as you can imagine!!! Will definitely be having this again!!!

  • sbutk

    Robyn, thanks for the great recipe. My family all loved it. This was our first time making swai – but thanks to your post, I’m certain it won’t be the last!

  • cms

    Just finished eating this.. It was delicious.
    I have made the park topping before but with talapia.. It was great on the swai as well. Made sautéed spinach and fresh carrots as a side .. Will be making this again..


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