Spicy Baked Basa

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Spicy Baked Basa With Lemon And Garlic is a 30-minute quick dinner made with Basa fish fillets and other simple ingredients. It’s low-carb, keto-friendly, and bursting with flavors.

You can use Basa fish to make Fish Fingers and Honey Garlic Fish. It can also be used to make Indian Fish Curries.

Spicy baked basa served on a plate.
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About Spicy Baked Basa

Our dinners on many days these days are chicken and fish in some form with a salad. Last week, I ordered fresh basa filets from our local fishmonger and made this Spicy Baked Basa recipe. It turned out very very nice.

The great thing about this baked basa recipe is that easy to make, needs minimal ingredients, and comes together in under 30 minutes.

Boneless basa fillets are coated with a spicy marinade and baked until perfectly cooked.

You can also cook the fish on an outdoor grill instead of an oven. I have mentioned the process below.

Serve this fish dish with a refreshing salad or sautéed veggies for a comforting dinner.

Ingredients

Basa Fillets – Basa is a variety of catfish native to Southeast Asia. It’s a very bland fish that takes on the taste of the ingredients it is cooked with.

I prefer fresh Basa fillets, which are much tastier and healthier than frozen ones. But you can also make it with frozen Basa if they are unavailable.

If you use the frozen Basa, thaw it and drain all the water. Dab the fish with a kitchen towel to remove extra moisture.

Tomato Puree – For the best taste, use canned tomato puree. You can also replace tomato puree with tomato paste.

Lemon Juice – Use freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime juice) for the best taste.

Others – You will also need oil, ginger, garlic, Asian Red Chili Paste, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper powder.

You can adjust the quantity of red chili paste per your preference.

How To Make Baked Spicy Basa

Preheat the oven to 360℉ (180℃).

Rinse 14 oz (400 g) of boneless basa fillets and drain well.

Arrange the basa fillets on a baking tray in a single layer and dab them with paper tissues to remove any extra moisture.

Fish fillets arranged on a baking tray.

Sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper all over the fish and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Sprinkled with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Stir together the following ingredients in a bowl.

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime juice)
Ready marinade.

Brush the marinade on both sides of the fish fillets.

Marinade brushed over the filets.

Keep the tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes until the fish is flaky.

Note – If you have a candy thermometer, check the cooked fish’s internal temperature; it should be 140-145℉ (60-65℃).

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot with grilled vegetables or salad.

Baked fish.
Ready spicy baked basa sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to cook the fish over a BBQ grill?

Marinate the fish fillets and wrap the fillets individually in aluminum foil. Grill for 15-20 minutes, flipping a few times in between.

Can I use any other fish to make this recipe?

Yes, You can use any white fish like haddock, catfish, cod, grouper, snapper, tilapia, etc to make this recipe.

Variations

If you want to make a variation of this Baked Basa, try this marinade instead of the one mentioned in the recipe below.

Butter Paprika Basa – Make a marinade of 1 tablespoon melted and cooled butter, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 1 teaspoon dried basil.

Thyme Garlic Basa – Make a marinade of 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic.

Butter Lemon Basa – Make a marinade of 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon lemon zest.

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Spicy Baked Basa With Lemon And Garlic is a 30 minutes quick dinner made with Basa fish fillets and a few other simple ingredients. It's low-carb, keto-friendly and bursting with flavors.
4.19 from 64 votes

Spicy Baked Basa Recipe

Spicy Baked Basa with lemon and garlic is a 30-minute quick dinner made with Basa fish fillets and other simple ingredients. It's low-carb, keto-friendly, and bursting with flavors.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients 

  • 14 ounces boneless Basa fillets (400 g)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon red chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons canned tomato puree (or 1 tablespoon tomato paste)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 360℉ (180℃).
  • Rinse basa fillets and drain well.
  • Arrange the basa fillets on a baking tray in a single layer and dab them with paper tissues to get rid of any extra moisture.
  • Sprinkle salt and black pepper all over the fish and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Mix oil, red chili paste, ginger, garlic, tomato puree, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Brush the marinade on both sides of the fish fillets.
  • Keep the tray in the middle rack of the oven and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes until the fish is flaky.
  • Note – If you have a candy thermometer, then check the internal temperature of the cooked fish, it should be 140-145℉ (60-65℃).
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot with grilled vegetables or salad.

Video

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Notes

If you are using the frozen Basa, thaw it and drain all the water. Dab the fish with a kitchen towel to get rid of extra moisture.
You can adjust the quantity of red chili paste as per your taste preference.
You can use any white fish like haddock, catfish, cod, grouper, snapper, tilapia, etc to make this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 449mg, Potassium: 561mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 133IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 1mg
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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    just made this recipe using frozen Basa and gochujang chilli paste served with rice…. wow!!! will definitely be making again and going to spread the left over sauce onto my chicken thighs I’m having tomorrow….
    thanks

  2. Great recipe I based by first Basa dish on. I used lime juice, chiu chow chili oil and olive oil. Great barbecued. Thanks!

  3. I tried baking Basa many times in the oven but it came out to be watery and stale looking. Your recipe is awesome as I’m vegetarian but my whole family enjoyed it. Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      I tried baking Basa many times in the oven but it came out to be watery and stale looking. Your recipe is awesome as I’m vegetarian but my whole family enjoyed it. Thank you.

  4. 5 stars
    Tried the recipe today as i wanted something different from the usual Indian marinade. Absolutely loved it. My husband loved it a lot which is the biggest certificate as he can be a little fussy. Just used a variety of Indian dry red chillies to make the chilli paste. It was simply amazing. Grilled a bit at the end in the oven. Thanks Neha

  5. 5 stars
    The frozen basa we get here in convenience is something I avoid. Simply because I don’t like the taste of Basa as much. I got hold of some fresh Indian basa fillets this morning and decided to give this recipe a go. Really good. I added very less chilli paste though and substituted the rest with red chilli sauce.
    Only because we have very low tolerance for chillies in this house!!
    Definitely making this again!!