Vietnamese Crispy Fish

Chef Lucky

"Sweet and spicy, snapper holds up really well to this cooking, but feel free to use a fish of your liking. Also you can just use fillets instead of whole fish, but for wow factor whole fish is the way. Serve with rice."
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Ingredients

31 m servings 410 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 410 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 17.1 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.8g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 48.7 g
  • 97%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium:
  • 742 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Cut heads off each snapper and score skin on each side; sprinkle with sea salt.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add snapper and pan-fry until skin is brown and crispy and flesh flakes easily with a fork, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Place snapper on a serving platter and return skillet to stove top.
  3. Cook remaining oil, tomatoes, chiles, and garlic over high heat in a skillet until tomatoes soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water, fish sauce, and palm sugar; simmer until mixture is reduced slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in green onions, cilantro, and cornstarch; simmer until mixture is reduced to a sticky-sauce consistency, about 1 minute more. Pour sauce over fish to serve.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute a milder chile for the bird's eye chile, if desired.
  • Substitute kosher salt for sea salt, if desired.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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