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Crispy Red Snapper   HT  Fish  MC  Vietnamese  30mins


Vietnamese name: Ca Chien 



Serves 4   Hot  Fish   Vegetables  Herbs   Main Course    Dairy Free  Vietnam  Asia  Asian



Vegetable Oil for shallow frying

2 Red Snappers, cleaned and scaled

2 Tbsp Peanut Oil 
4 Garlic Cloves, crushed
2 Tomatoes, dice
3 Chiles, finely chopped
4 tbsp Sugar
4 tbsp Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mam)
4 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Freshly chopped Coriander ( Cilantro)
4 tbsp chopped Spring Onions



1. Heat about 1cm/1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan, add the snappers cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, without moving, until very brown and crispy.


2.  Turn the fish and cook the other side for a further 10 minutes.


3. Meanwhile heat the peanut oil in another frying pan until very hot, add the garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds.


4. Reduce the heat a little and add the tomato and chilies and cook for 1 minute.


5.  Add the sugar, fish sauce and water and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the sauce is thickened. 


6. Remove the snapper from the pan with a fish slice and drain on kitchen paper. 


7. To serve, transfer the fish to a serving platter, pour sauce over it and garnish with the coriander and spring onions.





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