Posted by: SV | October 24, 2009

Fish with Sweet Tomato Sauce

This tomato sauce can be paired with most fish.  Today I came across some nice looking catfish filets.  It’s a simple Vietnamese tomato sauce that comes together quickly – great for weeknight meals.

Fish with Sweet Tomato Sauce

(Serves 4)

  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 filets of catfish or your choice of fish
  • chopped chives or green onions for garnish

1.  Heat 2 tbsp oil in large frying pan on medium high heat and sautee the onions until translucent.  Add the garlic and give it a quick stir.  Add chopped tomatoes to the pan.  Salt and pepper the tomatoes.   Adjust heat to medium-low and simmer the tomatoes, occasionally stirring the pan until the mixture becomes a thick sauce with chunks of tomatoes – about 7-10 minutes.

2.  In a separate large frying pan, add the rest of the olive oil, and pan-fry two of the catfish filets at a time.  When the filets are golden brown on both sides, set aside.  Continue to pan-fry the rest of the catfish filets.

3.  To the thickened tomato sauce, add fish sauce and sugar.  Simmer for another 2-3 minutes to incorporate.

4.  Plate the pan-fried filet of fish and generously top with tomato sauce.   Garnish with chopped chives and serve immediately with rice.

Fish with Sweet Tomato Sauce, originally uploaded by simpleviet.

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