Eat Smart : Healthy & Easy Fish Recipes

Eat Smart : Healthy & Easy Fish Recipes

If you’re anything like me, you hate spending long hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove for a healthy meal. Personally, recipes that need more than 15 minutes of my active participation are simply not appealing. Yes, I’m that lazy! One of the things I enjoy cooking for myself, however, is fish. And since my recent Instagram post seemed to generate a lot of curiosity, I’ve decided I’ll share a couple of my favourite easy fish recipes. Both of these require very few, non-fancy ingredients, and not much time. So the flavours are simple but fresh, and the finished products are super healthy. Because healthy fats, with fewer additives. Yay!

So let’s get cooking, eh? 😀

Lemon Butter Basa

This is by far one of my favourites. The light and simple flavours really allow the fish to shine. If you’ve got good basa filets, try this when you’re short on time (or enthusiasm).


  • Basa Filets
  • Lime Juice
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Cooking Butter

Pat any extra moisture off the basa filet with a tissue paper. Rub the lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt, onto the filet (both sides). Leave it to sit for about 10 minutes.

Heat a heavy-bottomed pan and put a blob of cooking butter into it. Once the butter melts and just starts to simmer, place the filet in the pan. Make sure the flame isn’t turned up too high. Sear until golden brown, then turn over to cook the other side. You’re going to want to be very careful when you flip it, since there’s a chance it could break apart. I use two spatulas to balance the filet as I turn it over.

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Once both sides have browned, transfer the filet onto a plate. If there’s any melted butter left in the pan, pour it over the fish (or rice or grilled vegetables, if you’re serving them on the side). The butter is loaded with flavour, so don’t let it go to waste.


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Ginger-Garlic Fish

Brilliant flavours on this one. Slightly more desi, and you can even add more spices if you want a more South-Indian flavour.


  • Fish Filets or Steaks (I’ve tried this with basa as well as seer fish, and both tasted pretty good)
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste (I use packaged stuff, but if you prefer homemade, go for it!)
  • Olive or Coconut Oil (Vegetable/sunflower oil works too, I personally prefer the flavour that coconut oil imparts to fish)
  • Optional: Chilli flakes, if you prefer more spice.

Pat excess moisture off the fish. Rub the ginger-garlic paste onto both sides of the filet/steak. If you want to add chilli flakes too, rub them on as well. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes. (At this point, remember to wash your hands. Touching your eyes when you’ve been handling spices is never fun!)

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Once the oil is nice & hot, place the fish pieces in the pan. Enjoy that sizzle! Sear until golden brown, then turn over to cook the other side.

And there you go!

What did you think of these easy fish recipes? Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to try them, or if you did try them, whether or not you liked them! 😀

Until next time, fitfam. Muah!

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