Lemony Baked Basa – Quick and Easy!

Light and lemony baked basa is as delicious as it is pretty. It’s a quick and easy recipe.

Lemony Baked Basa - Quick and Easy!

This recipe works well with many types of fish including mahi mahi and tilapia.  But, it is spectacular on basa. I pick this fish up at my local supermarket–nothing exotic going on here. It has a moist, light-firm texture and a very mild fish flavor. That’s what makes it so popular these days. It easily soaks up the lemon, butter and spices in this recipe. You won’t believe you are eating a cousin to a catfish!

I partnered with Darlene Hardister-Heumann who created this recipe for her cookbook, The Southern Sass Cookbook: It’s All in the Sass! and offered it at our meal assembly store. It was a hit! Now, I still enjoy this recipe at home because it’s allergy friendly and depending upon how much and what type of butter is used, low in WW points. It’s also nice over salad greens or in a fish taco. 🙂

The fresh feel of this dish is owed to the chopped green onions and parsley. And, of course, the fresh squeezed lemon.

Easy Prep For Lemony Baked Basa

Basa fish with lemon, parsley and green onion topping

The preparation is E-A-S-Y. Pour the melted butter and lemon over the fish and then sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the top. It is easy to adjust the number of servings. Each fish fillet is topped with:

  • 1 Tablespoon butter (or substitute)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of lemon-pepper seasoning
  • Dash of garlic powder,
  • Smidgeon of paprika 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tablespoon green onion
  • 1/2 Tablespoon parsley

I have adorable measuring spoons with these labels. But, you don’t need them…just evenly sprinkle the spices over the top of the fish.

Lemony White Fish over Greens

Lemony baked basa is great over salad greens or in a fish taco too! Doesn’t it just shriek healthy goodness?

4.8 from 5 reviews
Lemony Baked Basa
Lemony baked basa fish with fresh green onions and parsley. Gorgeous presentation and delicious. Great over salad greens and in tacos too.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 3-5 ounce basa fish fillets or other mild white fish
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (or substitute,) melted
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash paprika
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Lemon wedges, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pat fish fillets dry and place in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Pour lemon juice and melted butter over fish.
  4. Sprinkle remaining ingredients over fish.
  5. Bake uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges, if using.
This can be made ahead and frozen in aluminum baking tins. Freeze for up to two months and defrost in refrigerator for 8-12 hours before serving. Adapted from The Southern Sass Cookbook. Use margarine to keep recipe South Beach Diet Phase 1 compliant.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fillet of fish


Lemony Baked Basa Recipe





  1. I loved this recipe! So good! I used margarine instead. I also skipped the paprika and the onions. Still yummy

  2. This recipe was way easy and super-yummy! I minced garlic along with the green onion and big hit. My husband loved it and requested it again. A friend of ours even called me a chef, which is so far from the truth it’s hilarious. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  3. So delicious! I just realized I forgot the garlic, but it was still so tasty. Thanks for posting this

  4. Wow, so good. I’m a college student and made this, really easy. Do you think I can sub the Basa with Salmon?

    • Hi! I’m so glad you like it. It sure wouldn’t hurt to try! I find personally that I like stronger sauces and spices with salmon, like ginger and soy sauce.

  5. I love this recipe…I also like smoked bass..and morrisons do lovely fillets with out a hint of a bone…but back to your recipe…suuuperb…I did mix boiled eggs,quartered,salad,homemade potatoe salad..and coleslaw ..and the combination was so light and yet fulfilling…Thankyou..

  6. Very nice recipe! Previously, I had only ever used basa in battered fish and chips but I really enjoyed the light fresh flavour of this dish. I paired it with lemon and zucchini spaghetti which complemented it perfectly.

  7. So delicious and easy! I just had this for dinner over a bed of greens & cherry tomatoes, with lemon wedges – and I felt so spoiled. So easy to make too…I didn’t have parsley so I used Dill weed instead and it worked great. I’m looking forward to this again since the Basa fillet I bought was only $1.92!! How cheap is that? And I’m looking forward to throwing some minced garlic on top too – I can never get enough garlic..mmmm

    Thank you!!!

    • Thanks for commenting! I’m so glad you liked it…I’m going to try it with dill next time! Sounds delish. I’ve done it with cilantro which is also tasty!

  8. Great fish recipe…I’m always looking for new ones. This looks delicious (and easy!)

  9. The fish didn’t cook. I had it on 425 degrees for the recommended time – centre was still raw. I kept putting it on an additional 5 minutes at a time – 15 minutes later, still raw in the centre. I ended up wrapping it in foil and finishing it that way. No idea why this didn’t work for me, but it was awful.

    • It’s really hard to tell exactly what might have been the problem as the size of the fish, acutal oven temperature, etc. vary so much. I’m so sorry it didin’t work out. 🙁

  10. This recipe looks just right for me. I’m having a dinner party in a couple of days. I’m wondering about how to deal with frozen basa fillets. They are stuck together a bit. I’ve usually cooked frozen fish without thawing first. I’m thinking to just thaw these enough to get them separated. I’ll just toss a crushed garlic clove into the butter as I melt it as I don’t have powdered garlic. Do you think that would work?

  11. Mary Ann Chacko says:

    Made this for dinner just now. So delicious, easy and quick! Thank you!

  12. This was delicious. A few cracks of black pepper really brings the flavour out and accents the lemon nicely.


  14. Lois Ross says:

    I loved this recipe. I used smoked paprika, fresh minced garlic, and added a few sliced mushrooms….awesome…and my husband, (who is a true connoisseur of fish) loved it…
    we will definitely have this at our table again!!!

  15. Just made this recipe and I have to say it’s one of the best recipes I’ve tried. My husband and I really enjoyed it. Thank you

  16. EXCELLENT – I cannot believe how good. AND you had a recipe for one serving -GREAT I did not have all fresh ingredients and used bottled lemon juice, jarred minced garlic, a mixture of both butter and margarine, chopped up some regular yellow onion and did not have any parsley. It still turned out GREAT ! ! ! Can only imagine how good it would be if I had fresh ingredients. I also cooked from frozen – 1/2 hour at 400 degrees. Came out perfect 🙂 Thank you Sooooooo much for having a recipe for one serving. When you live alone, you don’t need recipes for 4 – 6 – 8 people.

  17. Kristin says:

    I make this recipe every time I make basa! It’s so easy and compliments the flavor of the fish really well. I recommend chopping up a clove of garlic and adding that too.

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