Every time I come back from visiting my parents, they always give me tons of frozen fish. Most of it is fish my dad caught, but sometimes it's fish my mom bought on sale. It doesn't matter that I can buy fish down here. Attempts to stop my parents from sending frozen love are always met with guilty reprimands. It's not always all for me. I dole out portions to my aunts and uncles down here too.
Anyway, this recipe has been sitting in the queue since May 2008. Hmm. I need to get better at blogging my recipes or remaking them because I realized that I don't eat fish as often as I should. I know! So bad of me!
It's not that I don't like fish. It's just that I'm often too lazy to prepare it. So it was great to find a nice fish fillet in one of the frozen batches my parents gave me.
I even mixed brown rice into my white jasmine rice to be a bit healthier. Ha!
Ca Chien Sot Ca Chua (Vietnamese Fried Fish with Tomato Sauce)
For 2 servings, you'll need:
2 fish fillets
2 tomatoes, diced
2 shallots, diced or 1/2 of a small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce)
1/2 cup water, or more if needed
Dice the tomatoes, shallots, and garlic and add them into a small pot with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp fish sauce, and 1/2 cup water.
Turn the heat to medium. At first the mixture will look chunky but it'll cook down real fast. If the mixture starts to dry out, add water if necessary.
Clean the fish fillets and fry on medium heat. Look to see that the fish becomes opaque about halfway through the fillet.
Then flip and fry the other side.
Five minutes later, or by the time the fish fillet has finished frying, the tomato sauce will have cooked down. Taste and adjust salt or fish sauce or add sugar if necessary.
Serve with rice and by spooning the tomato sauce over the fish.
My other Vietnamese fish recipes:
Ca Bong Lau Nuong voi Mo Hanh (Vietnamese Roasted Catfish with Scallion Oil)
Ca Hap Gung Hanh (Vietnamese Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallions)
Ca Kho To (Vietnamese Braised Catfish in a Claypot)
Canh Chua Ca (Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup)
Cha Ca Thang Long (Vietnamese Hanoi-Style Turmeric Fish with Dill)
1 year ago today, Nachos, Texas-style.
2 years ago today, Blood Orange Grapefruit Juice.