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Spicy Catalina Swai Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Spicy Catalina Swai

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"Tasty grilled fish fillet with a tantalizing color and zesty, zingy taste. I love to experiment with grilling fish and marinades, and this is one I've recently come up with. Recipe also works well with trout; haven't tried it with other types of fish, though. If cooking more than one fish, grill each in separate foil to preserve flavor."

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Original recipe makes 1 fish fillet Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  2. Place a large piece of aluminum foil on a work surface; pinch edges together forming a boat-like shape to contain liquids. Pour Catalina dressing in the middle of the aluminum foil. Place fish fillet in the dressing, turning to coat fish in dressing completely.
  3. Mix chile-garlic sauce, garlic powder, ground black pepper, sea salt, red pepper flakes, mustard powder, and white pepper together in a small bowl. Coat both sides of fish fillet with spice mixture. Wrap aluminum foil around coated fish fillet and dressing, sealing the edges together.
  4. Cook fish on the preheated grill until opaque and flakes easily with a fork, 8 to 12 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • I typically like my food extremely spicy, so you may want to take it a little easier on the crushed red pepper and Sriracha® hot sauce. You can let the fish sit and marinate in the refrigerator overnight (in which case the prep time will be more than 5 minutes), but it also tastes great straight onto the grill.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 11, 2013

This is very good. Does have a little heat but not too much. Did not have the chili-garlic sauce. I used garlic and chili powder and threw in some parm chese along with the other dry spices, left out the mustard, and made it a dry rub that I sprinkeled on after rolling in the catalina dressing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 31, 2013

My husband and I didn't like this at all.

Apr 22, 2013

To begin with we love Swai fish fillets. When following a recipe, I always try my best to follow the directions exactly before commenting on a dish on this website. However, with this dish we had to make our own Catalina dressing as we didn't have any on hand. I don't like white pepper so I left that out as well. The fish turned out perfectly. It took 12 minutes to cook them and the sauce was great. We have never had Swai cooked like that so it was a nice change. I made some refried rice to go with the fish and together it was as good as any oriental restaurant has to offer. The only thing I can add is the next time we make this dish together it will include the normal Catalina dressing and not our own concoction. Definitely a keeper!

Dec 10, 2012

First off this was awesome! Now my grill is out of order so I thought I can adapt this to the oven. Also I didn't have Catalina dressing, but I did have Dorothy Lynch which I think is similar. So I used just a shade less than 1/2 C of Dorothy Lynch instead of Catalina. I didn't have white pepper so I put in just 1/4 tsp of black pepper total, for fear that it might be too much. Other than that I kept the ingredients the same. I smeared the sauce on the fillets and then baked them uncovered in a baking dish for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. I cooked 2 fillets, but the recipe made enough for 3 or 4. It is a little spicy but I like spice, and I love Sriracha so it worked for me. I was worried that the 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder would be too much, but it was perfect. I think next time I might cut the temp back to 400 or cover the dish because some of the sauce ran off the fillet into the dish and did start to burn a little. Thanks for submitting the recipe.

Jan 18, 2015

almost everyone in the house enjoyed this, including my very picky daughter!

Mar 23, 2014

This was my first time trying Swai and I am so glad this is the recipe I chose. I was very hesitant because Catalina dressing is a little too sweet for me on a salad but pair it with the other goodies in this recipe and slap it on fish and you have yourself a winner. It is rather spicy though so if you are sensitive to that you might want to leave out the crushed pepper flakes or cut back on the Sriracha. Can't wait to try this one on catfish this summer!

Jul 16, 2013

This was a very good recipe. The fish was not the typical flavor and that was good. We have made this twice. The second time we subbed out the mustard for Curry Powder and it gave the fish a really interesting zing.

Nov 04, 2014

Very good! I've never tried this kind of fish before and I will definitely buy again! I didn't use Catalina dressing, but I did use French. And used only black pepper and not white! Very delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 542 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 27.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 40.5 g
  • 62%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 17.1 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1918 mg
  • 77%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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