Swai with Lemon-Basil Pesto Recipe

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We made this dish with Swai, but it would work equally well with basa, tilapia, catfish, sole, or any other mild and flaky white fish. The pesto is bright and citrusy and contrasts well with the mild, garlicky flavor of the fish. Our kids loved it and all went back for seconds. We served it with fresh artichoke and rice.

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Servings: 4


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  1. Combine 3 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in an 8 inch square dish and whisk to blend. Add the fish and turn to coat evenly several times. Let stand for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a pan for 2-3 minutes over medium heat, shaking to avoid burning. In a blender or food processor pulse the pine nuts and the rest of the Pesto ingredients except the olive oil and parmesan until finely chopped. Add the olive oil and blend until thick and fairly smooth. Then add the cheese and pulse a few times until it is evenly mixed in.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high and add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil. Remove the fish from the marinade and add to the hot pan. Sear for 2 minutes and then turn over. Sear until just cooked through about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to plates and top with 2 tbsp of lemon-basil pesto.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 40g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 196  
Calories from Fat 183 93%
Total Fat 20.8g 26%
Saturated Fat 3.01g 12%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 321mg 13%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Total Carbs 2.44g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 0.41g 0%
Protein 1.37g 2%



  • judee
    April 18, 2015
    Always looking for new ways to make fish. This looks great
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • Prachi
      June 19, 2015
      Awesome and easy recipe. I will try this with Tilapia filet. !!!

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