White Wine Seared Swai Fish Recipe

We're always looking for ways to elevate simple dishes at home and really give them that restaurant-quality feel — enter a white wine butter sauce. This simple sauce really takes things to the next level, adding both moisture and flavor to the likes of fish, rice, chicken vegetables, and beyond. Recipe developer Feta Topalu brings us this white wine seared swai fish recipe, which really highlights how easy this sauce is to make. "This restaurant-quality white wine sauce is my favorite to pair with seafood," Topalu describes. "It feels fancy but without a ton of effort. It can easily elevate any type of seafood". While it takes less than 30 minutes to cook up, Topalu prefers to make this dish "on the weekends when I have more time to sit down and really enjoy".

Topalu recommends serving this dish paired with some type of pasta. "This swai fish is served over lemon parsley orzo, but any simple pasta will do," she says. "This would be great served with steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus, or even a parsnip mash".

Gather your ingredients for white wine seared swai fish

To make this white wine seared swai fish, you can start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need swai fillets, salt, pepper, olive oil, butter, garlic, white wine, lemon juice, capers, and parsley.

Season and sear the swai fish

Sprinkle the swai fish with salt and pepper. Then, heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add in the olive oil. Add the fish to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side. During this short amount of time, the fish should be cooked all the way through. Then, remove the fish and transfer to a plate.

Make the white wine butter sauce

Next, it is time to make the white wine butter sauce. Start by melting the butter into the same skillet. This will allow the tasty bits still remaining in the skillet to incorporate into the sauce. Add the garlic and sauté it for about 30 seconds. Then, add in the white wine and allow it to reduce for 2-3 minutes. Finally, add in the lemon juice and capers to add some acidity and brine. Bring this to a simmer and season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle sauce over the fish

Add the swai fish back into the skillet with the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the fish and allow to simmer for about one minute until the fish is warmed through. Then, garnish with the chopped parsley. Topalu advises, "Store any leftover swai fish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It's best reheated over the stove".

White Wine Seared Swai Fish Recipe
5 from 31 ratings
This white wine seared swai fish recipe makes for an elegant but easy dinner.
Prep Time
Cook Time
fish and orzo on plate
Total time: 24 minutes
  • 2 (4-ounce) swai fish fillets
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  1. Season the swai fish with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the fish fillets to the skillet. Cook 2 minutes per side, until the fish is fully cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Melt the butter in the same skillet. Add garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add white wine and reduce for 2-3 minutes. Add lemon juice and capers. Bring to a light simmer. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Transfer the fish back to the skillet. Spoon the white wine sauce over the swai. Simmer on low for a minute until fish is warmed through.
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
Calories per Serving 234
Total Fat 18.8 g
Saturated Fat 7.2 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 54.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 0.5 g
Sodium 271.3 mg
Protein 9.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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