Ca Kho to (Vietnamese Caramelized Fish)

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Member 610488

Ca kho to is a dish that families routinely eat on a regular basis. The sweet, savory and gooey goodness of the caramelized sauce of this dish is almost good enough to stand on it’s own mixed with plenty of jasmine rice.

Top Review by rpgaymer

The flavor of this dish was really good, but the sauce did not caramelize like it should have. This was probably because I used a large pan instead of a clay pot or dutch oven. Really quite tasty though!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the oil and sugar in a 1-quart clay pot or dutch oven and heat over moderate heat.
  2. When the mixture begins to turn light yellow, add the garlic and stir until it turns dark golden (but not black), about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the water and fish sauce and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the catfish and turn the pieces so they are evenly coated. Simmer until the fish is done and the sauce is thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the clay pot from the heat and garnish with scallions, cilantro, and black pepper. Serve immediately from the clay pot.

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