Lunch at the In-Laws. I’m blessed to have an amazing mom-in-law that spoils me. She’s knows I’m a picky eater and always goes out of her way to make sure I have something to enjoy. She is an amazing woman & cook. Swai Fish
Everyone else was inhaling her famous fried pork chops. Knowing that I’m not a frequent fan of fried, just for me–she made a delicious piece of baked fish. It was white, flaky, subtle and seasoned perfectly. Panko, Old bay, Olive oil, garlic, lemon & parsley. Holyyummmmm
I devoured it without a second thought. Afterwards, I complimented her and asked “what kind of fish was that?” “It was delicious.” She said “It was Swai Fish.” Huh? Swwwhat fish? Mahi?? Nope, Swai.
I’ve never heard of Swai fish before. Alien fish to me. So I looked it up online.
In case you are wondering too, here are the boring (not so alien) details:
Swai, along with basa and tra, two related varieties also appearing at more and more stores, belong to what’s called the Pangasius family and they’re similar in character to catfish. In fact, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, which has an authoritative site that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the fish that end up on our dinner plates, describes swai as a river-farmed catfish, sometimes simply referred to in the U.S. only as catfish (be sure to look for country of origin labeling at the fish counter to determine whether your catfish is from the Mekong Delta or the Mississippi Delta).
Swai is a white-flesh fish (typically available in fillet form) with a sweet mild, taste and light flaky texture that can be broiled, grilled, or coating with bread crumbs and fried, according to experts. It can be prepared simply, but also takes well to sauces. A 3.5-ounce serving of plain fish contains around 90 calories, 4 grams of fat (1.5 saturated), 45 grams of cholesterol and 50 milligrams of sodium. Not bad.
A few days later, I looked for it in my local grocery store and found it in the fresh seafood department. It was seriously inexpensive at $2.99 a pound. What’s up with that? Call me paranoid, but I always feel suspicious when food is super cheap. Something’s fishy (pun)…Am I missing something? Is it old, harmful or undesirable? Tempted & brave, I bought some anyway. I closely replicated my mom-in-laws seasoning, it came out great!
My skeptical nature will keep me from buying it on a regular basis. All being said, until I find out otherwise, I’d buy it again–once in a while.