Glazed Catfish

    45 minutes

    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.

    15 people made this

    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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    This is definitely a keeper. I substituted the shallots for 1/2 a white onion. I also substituted lemon for lime and did not have any cilantro. It still came out great! Thanks Everret!  -  02 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wow! Best fish I've had in a long time. Thanks for the great recipe! My boyfriend was a skeptic about caramelized fish sauce but it was beautiful! I found the sauce to be a bit spicy for my taste so I think I will reduce the amount of pepper flakes and black pepper the next time. I also used raw sugar instead of white (we try to eat a little more organically around here) and it still worked fine. I also squeezed fresh lime juice onto the final dish in addition to the lime in the sauce. And I don't think the cilantro is necessary though we used it and it was still good. Beautiful recipe! We'll definitely be eating this again!  -  11 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was afraid this was going to be too sweet but it wasn't. I didn't have fish sauce so I substituted Worcestershire sauce (as it is made from anchovies I've been told) and it added enough saltiness not to have to add anymore. The deep mahogany color is beautiful and the flavor is like a teriyaki sauce but more complex. I cut down on the cooking time just a bit (about 3-1/2 minutes each side) and it came out fine. I also left out the cilantro but that's because I thought the taste would overpower the fish.  -  21 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)