Vietnamese Caramelized Fish

Vietnamese cuisine is a mixture of sweet, spicy and sour. This version of caramelized fish lets you experience a common Vietnamese household recipe right in your kitchen. The caramelized fish is perfect for that beautiful fish steak you have at home. Savory dish to serve to your family. You can make this recipe as spicy as you want by simply adding more chilies. Mouth-watering combination of sweet and spicy over hearty fish steaks.

This recipe takes about 60 to 75 minutes to make. Serves 3 to 4.


• 4 catfish steaks
• 1 tbsp of minced garlic
• 1 tbsp of minced shallots
• 3 tbsp of sugar
• 4 tbsp of fish sauce
• 1 tbsp of oil
• Half a tsp of black pepper
• Spring onion as garnish
• Ginger strips
• Red chilies


In a pan over medium heat, add oil and sugar to make the caramel. Do not stir. Swirl the pan until the sugar melts.
Once sugar has melted, add onion and garlic.
When garlic and onion turn brown, put them in the pot where you have your fish steaks.
In a small bowl, mix fish sauce with sugar. Stir with a spoon until sugar has melted.
Pour fish sauce mixture over the fish steaks.
Season with black pepper, and let the fish steaks marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Place the pot over high heat to boil.
If the sauce is not enough, add hot water or coconut water.
Season with ginger strips and red chilies to taste. Cook for 20 minutes.
Flip the fish steaks gently and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Garnish with spring onions.
Serve with steamed rice and cucumber slices.

Ideas And Tips:

• You can use any type of fish steak for this recipe. It is ok to use fresh or frozen fish. Make sure you bring the frozen fish to room temperature first.

• Make sure your pot has enough space so that you can flip the fish steaks.

Vietnamese Caramelized Fish
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