Fish & Seafood

Pan-fried Basa with Tomato & Mango Sauce

I love cooking with fruit, especially mango, and Basa cooked like this is fantastic. I am thinking about the Caribbean Islands. Where would you like to go on your next vacation? Hopefully, this recipe will bring a little sunshine to your table -)

Fresh basa fish with herbs

Pan-fried Basa with Tomato & Mango Sauce

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Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 2-3 hours marinating time Cooking Time: 40 minutes


  • 4 Basa or Tilapia, fillets
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • flour for coating
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 big tomato, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • pinch of chili powder
  • 1 cup fish stock
  • 1 under-ripe mango
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper



Place the fish in a deep dish and pour the lemon juice over, then rub in the garlic, thyme, and some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and leave for 2-3 hours in cold.


Heat some vegetable oil in a large heavy-based skillet. Coat the fish with flour, making sure you shake off any excess. Pan-fry the fish on both sides over medium heat for a few minutes until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.


Heat the peanut oil and butter in another pan, add the onion, and cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes until softened. Stir in the tomato, turn up the heat, and cook for a few more minutes.


Add the turmeric, white wine, chili, fish stock to the pan and stir well. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 12 minutes.


Add the fish to the pan and cook for a further 15 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Peel, pit, and chop the mango, stir it into the sauce, and cook for a further 2 minutes.


Serve the fish on a platter with the fruit sauce poured over. Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Pan-fried basa with tomato and mango sauce

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  • Reply
    January 23, 2013 at 12:42 am

    How interesting! I have never though of making fish with mango. Did you have it with bread or rice?

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    January 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

    It would be perfect with rice, but I am on a diet, so I had it just like that, with a lot of sauce-)

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    Eric Pepple
    January 23, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I've never tried basa before, but I love tilapia so I'm sure I'll love this. Looks like a fantastic dish! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Valley Chow

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    Spicie Foodie
    January 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Yelena,

    I love fish with mangos it is a great combination. Yours looks mouthwatering. It brought some sunshine to my grey day. I would go anywhere warm and sunny -getting tired of winter. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    January 24, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Love the color and this looks really delicious! Mangoes and tomatoes… what a great combination!

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    Ibbs Quinton
    February 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I just saw this on FoodPornDaily, I'm adding it to my meal plan for the week!
    Thanks for the inspiration, it looks too good to miss!
    x x

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    Ibbs Quinton
    February 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious!
    I would never have thought to put mango in the curry sauce!
    Ibbs x x

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