Broiled Basa Fillet with Cashew

Basa and BeetThe Basa fish, Pangasius bocourti, is a type of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin located in Thailand. These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labeled in North America and Australia as “basa fish” or bocourti”. In the UK, the species is known mainly as “river cobbler”,with “basa” also being used on occasion. In Europe, these fish are commonly marketed as “pangasius” or “panga”

 

Even fish aren’t safe from bureaucracy;

In 2002, the United States accused Vietnam of dumping catfish, namely Pangasius bocourti and Pangasius hypophthalmus, on the American market, charging the Vietnamese importers, who are subsidized by Vietnam’s government, of unfair competition.

With pressures from the U.S. catfish industry, the United States Congress passed a law in 2003 preventing the imported fish from being labeled as catfish, as well as imposing additional tariffs on the imported fish. Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruling, only species from the family Ictaluridae can be sold as true catfish. As a result, the Vietnamese exporters of this fish now label their products sold in the U.S. as Basa fish or Bocourti.

With all this said, the United Sates Food and Drug Administration is now allowing Genetically Modified Salmon to endanger the wildlife population.  This fish rightfully labeled “Frankenfish” is going to add to the ever so great GMO Labeling issues we are now being faced with.  Not only is the bureaucracy adding to lawmakers job security, the health risks being uncovered from GMO’s being linked to cancer and other life threatening disease is securing the jobs of countless doctors and hospitals, giving the U.S population more issues to deal with.

Personally I’d rather eat a mislabeled catfish than consume what the FDA deems to be a species that’s man made vs. created by our mother earth.

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So to continue this, Please enjoy this recipe, Broiled Basa Fillet and Cashew Nut/Egg Topper served over organic brown rice and plated with a cilantro beet salad and blood orange.

Ingredients;

4 Basa Fish Fillets
4 Beets
1 Cup finely chopped Cashews
1 (Hard Boiled) Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup of Organic Brown Rice
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 Blood Orange
1 Tsp. Turmeric
1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp. Salt


Preparation;

Cilantro/Beet salad;

Boil beets in water until soft, peel and quarter each one and place in a bowl, toss with One Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt and Pepper to taste.  Plate with a sprinkle of finely chopped cilantro.

Organic Brown Rice;

Boil Two cups of water, add One cup of Organic Brown Rice reduce heat and simmer until done.

Cashew / Egg Topper;

In a food processor blend cashews, hard-boiled egg yolk, one tbsp. of coconut oil and add a small amount of water until forming a thick spreadable paste.

Basa Fillets;

Coat the fillets with salt, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.  Broil for 15 minutes each side.  Cover with Cashew topper and continue broiling until topper is slightly browned.

Plating;

Serve Cilantro Beet salad, three wedges of blood orange and plate a Basa fillet over two heaping tablespoons of brown rice.

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