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Baked Basa Fillets with Breadcrumb Topping Recipe

Updated on March 6, 2013
3.2 stars from 99 ratings of Baked Basa Fillets

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.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 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.


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      A. Bove 2 years ago from New York

      Hi! These are fresh fillets.

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      sarah 2 years ago

      Is the fish cooked from frozen?

      Can wait to try it!

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      A. Bove 3 years ago from New York

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

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      fatgyrl 4 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario

      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.

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      A. Bove 5 years ago from New York

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

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      Beth37 5 years ago

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

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      A. Bove 5 years ago from New York

      Hi Careermommy! Thank you! Hope you enjoy!

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      Tirralan Watkins 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      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!

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      A. Bove 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Josie!

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      Ideas with Josie 5 years ago

      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.

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      A. Bove 5 years ago from New York

      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!

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire

      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.



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      A. Bove 5 years ago from New York

      I agree CarNoobz!

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      CarNoobz 5 years ago from USA

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

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      A. Bove 5 years ago from New York

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

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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