I just went to the fish market on Sunday and got two bone-in steaks of big-eye fish. The most simple and tastiest recipe I knew right then is fried fish. You can make this meal in less than 30 mins. You can make fried fish from any type of fish, I prefer fresh fish and the bones have to definitely be in, anything filet are not meant to be fried.... the meat would not be as tasty. So below is my recipe for fried fish, enjoy! Use the fish sauce recipe I posted earlier for dipping sauce.
Fried Fish - Ca Chien
1 1/2 lbs of Fresh fish, preferably bone-in.
One big Onion, sliced thinly.
1 cup of canola oil (or corn oil or vegetable... no Olive! )
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
Put oil in a big enough pan (or wok) and put on high heat.
Wash fish with salt and pat dry with towel. Make sure it's dry!
Once oil is boiling, put in sliced onions. Stir gently until onions turn golden brown. Turn heat to low.
Take onions out and lay on a wide plate, take a pinch of salt and pinch of sugar and coat the onions with it. This will make it into caramelized crispy onions. Put aside.
Turn heat up to medium, put in fish to fry, one piece at a time. Fry for about 5-7 minutes or until bottom side turn crispy golden brown, use spatula to flip other side and repeat frying for additional 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: if you bought more fish, make sure you use more oil and don't put too much fish in the pan at once to fry..... Leave room to turn.. if the pan doesn't fit all the fish, just fry some at a time.
Once fish is done both sides crispy golden brown, turn off heat, take fish out and put on a plate. Garnish with crispy onions. Eat with fish sauce and your favorite veggie dish.
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