Glazed Catfish

Glazed Catfish

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Catfish is sort of glazed in this dish where a sugar syrup is caramelised then the fish is added. Once the fish is cooked and removed this becomes the base for a serving sauce.


Serves: 4 

  • 1/3 cup (75ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) water
  • 1/3 cup (90ml) white sugar
  • 1kg catfish fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced coriander

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Mix water with the fish sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine shallots, garlic, black pepper and chilli flakes in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat water and sugar in a large frypan over medium heat stirring occasionally until sugar turns deep golden brown. Gently stir in the fish sauce mixture and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in the shallot mixture and cook until shallots soften then add the catfish. Cover and cook the catfish until the fish flakes easily with a fork; about 5 minutes on each side. Place catfish on a large plate, cover and set aside.
  5. Increase heat to high and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Stir in the lime juice and any sauce that has collected on the plate. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce has reduced. Pour sauce over the catfish and garnish with spring onions and coriander.

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