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10 Minute Chili Lime Swai Fillets - Great for Fish Tacos!

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These Chili Lime Swai Fillets are full of flavor and are ready in only 10 minutes. This recipe makes for a great easy dinner, or can be used for fish tacos. This recipe would work just as well with tilapia!

Chili lime swai

Swai is my new favorite fish. It is delicious, light and flaky, not too fishy, low in mercury, and super easy to cook.

I recently bought a large package of swai (yay for sales!!) and made these Spice-Rubbed Swai Fillets with Peach-Tomatillo Relish. If you're wondering, YES, they turned out so tasty! So now I am here to share with you my super quick and easy recipe for Chili Lime Swai Fillets.

Yes, this fish dish really does take only 10 minutes to make. Which is AMAZING for homemade dinners after work when everyone is hungry (and hangry) and just wants to eat like, RIGHT NOW.

Chili Lime Swai Fillets with Side Salad

How to cook Chili Lime Swai Fillets:

It really can't get any easier. Just season with salt and pepper and sprinkle one side with a generous amount of chili powder. Cook these bad boys over some olive oil and season the other side while they're cooking. Squeeze some lime juice over the fish.

It's laughable how easy it is, really. Swai fillets are pretty thin and cook very fast.

All you need to do is figure out what to serve with these Chili Lime Swai Fillets. As you can see I decided to go with a simple side salad. We must not have been that hungry that night. Other good options are quinoa (how about this Quinoa and Bell Pepper Pilaf??) or rice (what about this Brown Rice Salad with Dried Fruit?). Or some roasted vegetables (this recipe for Bacon Roasted Vegetables is a good one!) or Spaghetti Squash (this recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Feta is YUMMO).

I also frequently use this recipe for fish tacos. Just cook the swai exactly as the recipe says and then break the fillets into large chunks. Top tortillas with chili lime swai chunks and your favorite taco toppings - slaw, lime crema, avocado, cheese, etc.

Chili Lime Swai Fillets

This recipe can be made with tilapia fillets instead of swai - it is just as tasty and you can follow the steps below to make Chili Lime Tilapia. However, I would still recommend taking a closer look at the seafood section of the store and see if you can find swai. It's definitely worth trying!

What to serve with chili lime swai

Chili Lime Swai Fillets with Side Salad
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Chili Lime Swai Fillets

These Chili Lime Swai Fillets are full of flavor and are ready in only 10 minutes. This recipe makes for a great easy dinner, or can be used for fish tacos. This recipe would work just as well with tilapia!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Latin American
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Kate


  • 2 swai fillets
  • salt & pepper , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lime wedges (or a half teaspoon of lime juice)


  • Season the tops of the swai fillets with salt and pepper, and then with about a half a tablespoon chili powder each. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and place the swai fillet into the oil seasoned side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Season the other side while the swai cooks. Carefully flip the swai fillets and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until fully cooked. Squeeze a lime wedge over each swai fillet.


You can easily substitute tilapia or your favorite white fish in this recipe!


Nutrition Facts
Chili Lime Swai Fillets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 174mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 2370IU47%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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