Basa Fish Recipes:
Cheesy Baked Fish

I used to be always on the hunt for basa fish recipes, since basa is very inexpensive. Then I did some reading and discovered that there are real concerns with the way most basa is harvested. You may want to do some research and decide if eating basa is OK with you or not.

The good news is that this easy fish recipe works with any mild white fish: sole, flounder, haddock, cod, or whatever is available where you live.

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Since this recipe is so easy to prepare and takes not long to cook, it's a good choice when you need a quick meal on the table right away. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness and variety of your fish. It's done when it's no longer opaque, and when it flakes easily with a fork.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • dried basil
    • salt
    • nutmeg
    • pepper

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • Cheddar cheese
    • bread crumbs
    • bottled lemon juice

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • fish (about 1 lb/500 g firm white fillets)

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a medium sized mixing bowl
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a baking dish, large enough to hold the fillets in a single layer
    • a grater

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a silicone brush for greasing the baking dish

    The recipe

    Preheat oven to 450F/230C.

    Grease a baking dish.

    1/2 cup/125 mL Cheddar cheese, grated

    2/3 cup/150 mL bread crumbs

    1/2 tsp/2 mL dried basil

    1/4 tsp/1 mL nutmeg

    1/2 tsp/2 mL salt

    1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper

    1 lb/500 g firm fish fillets

    1 tsp/5 mL lemon juice

    In a bowl, combine the cheese, bread crumbs, basil, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

    Spread half of the crumb mixture evenly in the greased baking dish.

    Place the fish on top of the crumbs.

    Sprinkle the lemon juice over the fish.

    Sprinkle the remaining crumbs evenly over the fish.

    Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork.


    • Use fresh basil instead of dried.

    • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Experiment with different herbs. How about tarragon, or a bit of paprika? Be creative!

    • Try using another citrus juice instead of lemon juice. Lime juice might be tasty!

    • What about using another cheese instead of Cheddar?


    • Bread crumbs - either purchased or homemade - will last for a long time if you store them in the freezer.

    • Baking time will vary, depending on the temperature and thickness of the fish fillets. A general guideline is about 10 minutes of baking time per one inch/2 cm of thickness.

    Menu suggestion

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    If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like these other basa fish recipes. (Remember, you can use any white fish.)

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