Basa is a type of catfish belonging to the Pangasiidae family. Its formal scientific name is Pangasius bocourti, though it’s often called basa fish. Its flesh has a light, firm texture and a mild fish flavor. In fact, it’s often sold as boneless fish fillets and used in the same way.
Like other types of white fish, basa is low in calories and rich in high-quality protein.
A 4.5-ounce (126-gram) serving provides:
Protein: 22.5 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Saturated fat: 2 grams
Cholesterol: 73 mg
Carbs: 0 grams
Sodium: 89 mg
Due to its low calorie and high protein content, it can be a beneficial food for those on a diet — not unlike other types of white fish. It also contains 5 grams of unsaturated fats, which include some omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats important for maintaining the optimum health of your body and brain — especially as you age.