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Baked Basa Fillets with Breadcrumb Topping Recipe

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Frying certain fish (tilapia, cod, scallops, etc.) coated in breadcrumbs was an easy way, okay no, not easy, it was a way to introduce new foods into the diet of my daughter when she was younger. Now that her palette has matured, I've been playing around with healthier variations while still maintaining the breaded crunchiness which we all enjoy from time to time.

Panko breadcrumbs have been such a delightful addition to our pantry. Super crunchy when frying or baking, they get the job done right! This breadcrumb topping has tons of flavor, which is perfect for the mildness of the basa. The recipe makes enough for four large basa fillets or even eight small tilapia fillets; depending on the size of your fish, you may not need all of it.

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25 min

Serves 4


  • 4 basa fillets
  • 1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 lemon wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray (or brush with a small amount of oil). Place the fish fillets equidistant apart on the sheet, careful not to have me overlap, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder and paprika. Add the oil and mix together with a fork until well combined.
  3. Divide the breadcrumb mixture evenly on top of the basa fillets, pressing gently to adhere the crumbs to the fish. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and breadcrumbs are browned. Serve with lemon wedges.


A. Bove (author) from New York on April 27, 2015:

Hi! These are fresh fillets.

sarah on April 27, 2015:

Is the fish cooked from frozen?

Can wait to try it!

A. Bove (author) from New York on May 03, 2014:

Hi! I'm so sorry I didn't see your note sooner! So happy your husband enjoyed! :)

fatgyrl from Hamilton, Ontario on February 04, 2014:

I was out of Panko and used breadcrumbs from my freezer grated from 3 day old bread I bake. Don't let the absence of Panko keep you from trying this. Hubby loved it, and he usually only eats fish that is deep fried.

A. Bove (author) from New York on March 19, 2013:

:D Hi Beth37, if your try it I hope you like it!

Beth37 on March 19, 2013:

Sounds wonderful. I hope I have some fish in the freezer! :)

A. Bove (author) from New York on March 14, 2013:

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Hi Careermommy! Thank you! Hope you enjoy!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 13, 2013:

A.Bove, I will bookmark this recipe. I use Panko breadcrumbs for fish all the time, but I usually pan fry my fish. I have not tried baking it, but I will now. Thanks for sharing!

A. Bove (author) from New York on February 21, 2013:

Thank you Josie!

Ideas with Josie on February 20, 2013:

I have been using panco bread crumbs since my sister in law told me about them. Love the crunch and taste. Your recipe sounds great. A thumbs up. Keep them coming.

A. Bove (author) from New York on February 17, 2013:

Hi Tonymead60! Thank you for your kind words! Panko breadcrumbs are Japanese style breadcrumbs. They're made in such a way to stay super crunchy, though I admit I know very little of the process. The crumbs themselves are bigger than the regular variety Thankfully they're now easily found in grocery stores across the US. Love them!

Tony Mead from Yorkshire on February 17, 2013:

this sounds delicious, no idea what panko breadcrumbs are. Perhaps you could educate me. I love fish in breadcrumbs, grilled to golden brown what a tasty meal.

nice hub, I enjoyed the meal with you.

voted up and all the stars.



A. Bove (author) from New York on February 14, 2013:

I agree CarNoobz!

CarNoobz from USA on February 07, 2013:

I love panko! Sounds so much better than the doughy, bready fish sticks I grew up on.

A. Bove (author) from New York on February 07, 2013:

Thank you! Hope you have a splendid day! :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 07, 2013:

fish fillet with breadcrumbs is similar to fish and chips that you could order in restaurant. yummy recipe. Voted up

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