The swai fish, unlike catfish which are found in ponds, is found in the rivers of Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. This is a fish with white flesh and a more delicate texture as compared to catfish. The flavor is mild, making it versatile and suitable for a lot of recipes that needs white fish. If you don’t find the label swai fish in the local supermarket, it is called and labeled by other names–shark catfish, or striped catfish. It is available in fillets and nuggets, and depending on the recipe, this can be cooked in a variety of ways. The fillets and nuggets are preferred especially in novice cooks since this cuts cooking and preparation time by half. All that’s needed to do is take the fillets (or nuggets) out of the freezer, leave them out to thaw, and then cook according to preference.
As for ways to cook swai fish, this mild-flavored fish is quite versatile. There are a lot of ways to cook. They may be broiled with condiments for a light, quick, and healthy meal or have the fillets grilled with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and probably a bit of rosemary just to get that herb taste. This may even be coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Serve it with a bit of fries and sauce and this is a perfect example of fish and chips and may be served while watching a baseball game on television with the family.
Swai fish may also be added to other dishes. The nuggets may be cooked and then tossed with pasta and other seafood for the perfect, healthy, and filling seafood pasta. This fish flakes quite easily and with the perfect mix-ins and some bread, it can be made into a sandwich. It may also be made into an open-faced sandwich by adding some olive oil, olives, cheese, and probably a bit of capers. Some recipes may even be developed on your own as you get to know this fish better.
Swai fish is a perfect alternative to the usual food fish, just to give the menu planning a bit of variety by introducing more fish to the list. This is a fish easy to cook, even with novice cooks starting out in the kitchen as it goes well with a variety of other ingredients and can be cooked using a lot of cooking techniques.