I had quite a bit of crushed tomatoes to use up today, left over from my butter chicken recipe, so decided to root through my fridge to see what I could put them with. I decided to pull out a basa fillet and braise it in a tomato bacon sauce.

I also had some green beans to eat up and as they aren’t the hubby’s favourite, decided to hide them in a garlic parmesan cream sauce.

I got a thumbs up on both dishes from the hubby – even the beans!


Basa Braised in Bacon Tomato Sauce


  • 2 basa fillets
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 strips of bacon cut up
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 c roasted red pepper chopped
  • 1 1/2 c crushed tomatoes
  • 4-5 basil leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp dried sicilian oregano
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 tsp pickapeppa sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Dust the basa with a light coating of Old Bay seasoning and some salt
  • In a deep frying pan, fry the bacon until almost done.
  • Add the onions and saute until soft.
  • Add the garlic an roasted red pepper and saute about 30 seconds.
  • At this point I pushed the ingredients to the sides, and seared off the basa on both sides.
  • Gently remove the fish and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a light simmer.
  • Place the fish back in, covering with the sauce.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium - low until the fish is done, about 10 minutes or so.

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