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Vietnamese Braised Catfish (Cá Kho) - A Recipe for Lent

Braising this catfish brings out its richness. It's the perfect comfort meal on top of a hot bed of rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Fish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 150kcal


  • 1 medium catfish descaled and cut into steaks
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes add more to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water


  • Arrange your fish steaks in one layer at the bottom of a heavy bottomed or stainless steel pot
  • Sprinkle fish sauce, shallot, garlic, chili flakes, salt and pepper on top of the fish. Cover and let rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Add oil to the fish and set on medium heat. In the meantime, make your caramel.
  • Make the caramel by heating sugar on high heat until it is a deep brown color. Be careful not to burn the sugar.
  • Add water to sugar and immediately pour mixture on top of fish.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook covered for 15-20 minutes. Check every few minutes and add boiling water as necessary if the liquid boils away too quickly.
  • Serve with white rice and pickled mustard greens.


Calories: 150kcal