What is swai fish?
Swai fish is a type of south Asian catfish commonly found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. It is in high demand in Asia and many parts of the world. It is also called Vietnamese catfish (though swai is actually not a catfish), iridescent shark (though it’s not the shark), and basa (which is deceptive, because basa is a different species). It is also marketed as tra, sutchi catfish, basa, ‘imported catfish,’ or Pangasianodon hypophthalmus. Swai fish is also marketed as catfish in many states. Importers of swai can get fined by the United States Food and Drug Administration if they sell the swai fish like catfish. Swai fish are often raised in cages in rivers without proper regulations in south-east Asia, hence there is a risk of contamination with diseases and heavy metals, like mercury. This has led to some controversies associated with swai fish; however, this is not the case with all fish farmers. Hence, it is advised to buy the fish from reputed sources.
Swai also has a flaky texture and mildly sweet flavor similar to catfish. It can be baked, boiled, steamed, or fried. Swai fish are also omnivores like catfish. They are cheaper than catfish. Swai fish is the most affordable fish in the market, making them very popular.
They are also low in calories but have a lesser percentage of other nutrients like protein, compared to many other types of fish. Swai fish is an endangered species and have become rare catches. They have been introduced into the local water bodies to increase their population, but swai fish are difficult to be raised away from their natural Asian habitat because they are sensitive to mild environmental changes, pollution, and may not survive. However, like catfish, they can also live in murky water with low oxygen levels.
Healthy diet and easy to cook
In conclusion, swai fish and catfish are different types of fish, with many similarities. They are both are:
- healthy food
- good sources of nutrition
- high-quality protein
- vitamins and minerals
- low fat and
- easy to cook.