Easy Panko Crusted Swai

Panko Breaded Swai

I love fish, so I am always in search of a new fish to try out in my kitchen. Recently, I noticed a fish called SWAI being offered in my local grocery store. I finally bought some to try out. It is a mild, white fish originating from Southeast Asia.  I researched a couple of ways to prepare it, and made it for done one day. I really liked the fish. My kids, ehhh not so much. I kept buying it and trying it out anyway. (I live by the rule of trying something seven times before deciding if you like it or not). I decided to try swai breaded with panko bread crumbs. It was a winner! My oldest child tried it and loved it. On another note, I put some pan seared pieces of swai in my middle child’s pasta dish and she thought it was tilapia and loved it. Shhh…I still haven’t confessed about that one. I don’t think she reads my blog, so no biggie. ­čÖé This recipe is easy. I rarely make things with tons of ingredients. I also like to use ingredients that are commonly found in any grocery store.


 No worries if you are not into swai, this recipe works will with tilapia. 

Swai Fillets

I only used two swai fillets, but you can use up to five or six fillets with the amount of ingredients we will use.

Swai Fillets

I don’t like large fillets, so I cut mine in half. These fillets are pretty long anyway, so cutting them in half helps them fit into my pan. 

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Place the panko bread crumbs (which happen to resemble Rice Crispy Cereal), Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute, black pepper, and lemon pepper into a shallow dish, large enough to coat the fillets without bending them.

Panko Seasoning Blend

Stir the mixture until all the seasonings are distributed evenly throughout.

Panko Bread Crumb Seasoning

In another shallow dish, crack an egg and add 2 tablespoons of water to it. (My oldest daughter is my hand model today. She was the perfect choice since she has long slender fingers, and she always keeps her nails done.)



Whisk away….(This mini whisk has to be one of my fav kitchen toys. Don’t have one? Grab one here.)

Egg Wash

Egg Wash

Dip both sides of the fillets in the egg wash.

Swai Dipped Egg WashThen coat them in the panko bread crumb mixture….

Panko Breaded Swai

Panko Breaded Swai

Panko Breaded Swai

Now they are ready to go into the pan. You can use a skillet, it’s all good.

Panko Breaded Swai

Just coat the bottom of the skillet with vegetable oil. Olive oil works as well. In a perfect world, my pan would be totally flat and my oil would evenly cover the bottom of the skillet.

Hot oil

Once the oil is  hot, add you fillets

Panko Breaded Swai

Panko Breaded Swai

Once they are nice and brown, flip ’em over to brown the other side.

Panko Breaded Swai

Panko Breaded Swai

So now, they are done. Remove them from the pan to feed the starving family that patiently waited for the food to have a photo shoot before they could eat. (Maybe that’s just at my house).

Panko Breaded Swai

Pretty, huh?

Panko Breaded Swai

I served mine with my crazy corn cakes and saut├ęed kale from my cookbook Fast & Fabulous Family Meals. Every southern girl loves greens and cornbread, right?

Panko Breaded Swai

So what do you think??? Let me know in the comments. If you post this on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #fastandfabmeals and you become an official #rocqstar!


Panko Crusted Swai
Serves 6
Easy way to cook Swai or almost any white fish of your choice. Panko bread crumbs, a few seasonings, and egg wash are all the ingredients needed for this quick and easy meal.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 5 swai fillets
  2. 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, plain
  3. 2 teaspoons Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 tablespoons water
  8. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  9. Kitchen equipment: skillet, spatula, tongs, 2 shallow pans for coating fish, tablespoon, mini whisk or fork.
  1. Kitchen equipment: skillet, spatula, tongs, 2 shallow pans for coating fish, mini whisk or fork.
  2. Cut fillet in half horizontally.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine panko bread crumbs and dry seasonings. Stir until seasonings are evenly distributed throughout bread crumbs.
  4. In a different shallow dish, whisk together egg and water.
  5. Dip both sides of fillets in egg wash, then dip both sids into bread crumb mixture.
  6. Heat oil in skillet over high heat.
  7. When oil is hot, place fillets in skillet and allow them to cook for about 3 minutes, or until desired brown color is reached.
  8. Flip over fillets and cook on the other side for an additional 3 minutes or until desired brown color is reached. Be sure fish is cooked throughout as well.
  9. Remove from skillet onto a paper towel covered plate, to absorb excess oil.
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  1. linette Houser says:

    This is My favorite fish I started buying it about um 4 yrs ago when target ran out of tilipia I also cut mind in half i often make fish tacos with a make up sauce Ok that can be a new project for you to come up with a mild but delish sauce Just Kidding (NO I’m NOT lol)

  2. gail h lewis says:

    Wow! Your fish and the way u show how to fix it is beautiful. I’m going to fix it today for my husband. I thank u.

  3. Meli Redd says:

    This looks great! Will be making for dinner \(^_^)/

  4. Thanks for the recipe. It was delicious!

  5. I made these last night and they came out great! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I didn’t know what Dwaine was myself when it began showing up at my favorite fish grill &hit was yummy! So I looked it up on the Internet and … Information overload! It’s a bottom feeder in Asia which left me seriously wondering what I was eating second hand. How can we determine if it’s really safe to eat?

  7. Sorry, not Dwaine but swai

  8. I was just thinking of how my swai would taste breaded! good to know it’s been done and it turned out ­čśÇ

  9. im from HPH imexco group. we supply Swai fillet in vietnam. contact us +84907535255 or salepangasius09@gmail.com

  10. Heather in Upland says:

    I like swai. When I buy it (on sale), I saut├ę the fillets in a little oil and then make Vietnamese style fish sandwiches like they serve in a local fish restaurant – soft French bread rolls, mayo, lettuce, shredded cheddar, that’s it. I wasn’t sure about the cheese at first but I love cheese and, well, it actually works.

    But my kids (like yours) aren’t so big on this dish, so I think I’ll try your recipe.

    I *would* like to hear more about these crazy corn cakes, though. (hint hint ­čÖé )

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Your recipe sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing. Well, the corncakes are pretty much cornbread texture pancakes with corn, peppers, and onions added in!

      Thanks again, Heather!


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