Fuss-free recipes are perfect for those midweek dinners và Grandma’s Cá chiên Sốt cà chua comes together using only 4 main ingredients! Her home-style Vietnamese Fried Fish with Tomato Sauce is fried until crisp, then smothered in a sweet, savory & tangy Asian-style salsa that’s just out of this world.

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If you love this cooking style, try it with a ginger soy glaze or pickled mustard greens!


A fresh side dish that’ll brighten any day

If you need a new & exciting Summer recipe, then Grandma’s Cá cừu Sốt quả cà chua is the one for you! It’s the perfect way to keep an entire menu fresh, tropical and fruity (especially if paired with pineapple & chili salt or sweet fish sauce).

I’m telling you now, the secret is in the sauce. When you bite down into fish fried shatteringly crisp, the first half of your taste buds will cry with joy.

Then let your mouth discover pops of tomatoes gently simmered with onions and you’ll wonder why you don’t have this sauce on anything else!

Did I mention that this whole recipe only needs 4 main ingredients? You can easily have a meal ready khổng lồ go with seasoning you probably already have in your pantry. I love saving myself a trip to lớn the market!

Make the most of your weeknights by making Grandma’s quick & easy home-style recipe!

Which fish is best for frying?


There are many fish suitable for frying, but here are some tips for themost idealtypes:

Choose fish that are not too oily.The tomatoes in this dish have a fresh flavor, which would pair well with a leaner protein.Make sure the fish has a neutral taste.The sauce is reminiscent of a warm salsa và best complemented with a milder flavored fish. You’ll find that fish with trắng flesh generally fall under this category. Flounder, trout, tilapia, catfish, perch and cod are great options lớn try out!

Before frying:Just make sure to score the fish deeply in an ‘X’ shape, then once across the middle for the fish lớn cook quickly and evenly. It’s also a great way for the sauce lớn sink in!


Why this recipe works

Using flounder means the meat to lớn sauce ratio is 50:50, which highlights the sauce’s fresh taste.Onions địa chỉ cửa hàng a natural sweetness & aromatic flavor lớn the Vietnamese-style salsa to lớn balance the tanginess.Mixing starch into the tomatoes instantly thickens the juices when cooked so you don’t have to lớn make a separate batch.

What you’ll need


About the ingredients

For this recipe, we like to use flat fish lượt thích flounder because it gets much crispier faster, which complements the sauce well. But you can use whichever variety you like.

How lớn make this recipe


Turn the heat of the wok or pan on high & pour a generous amount of oil in the pan to lớn cover the base. When hot, địa chỉ the fish in khổng lồ fry for 15 minutes or until golden brown on one side.

Flip and fry for another 15 minutes or until golden brown as well. When done, transfer khổng lồ a plate.


Clean the wok or pan and địa chỉ cửa hàng 2 tbsp oil in on medium heat. Pour in the onions lớn cook for 2 minutes, then địa chỉ cửa hàng the garlic in. Stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

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Meanwhile, mix the tomatoes, potato starch, sugar, chicken bouillon powder & salt together.


Add the tomatoes to the aromatics và mix for 1 minute before adding in the water. Stir until well combined.


Let it simmer for 2 minutes.

Serve the tomato sauce on vị trí cao nhất of the fried fish when ready to eat & enjoy with rice!

Recipe FAQs

How vày you sweeten sour tomatoes?

Since this dish is savory, you can simply balance it out with sugar or pineapple juice. Just make sure that if you’re using pineapple juice that you do it 1 tsp at a time until it tastes to lớn preference, otherwise it will taste more lượt thích pineapple.

Can I eat the fin?

If it’s fried extra crisp, it can be eaten. So long as biting into it snaps it enough for you to lớn chew it well, then it’s safe for you to lớn eat. But if you prefer not to, simply discard it or địa chỉ it in a stock if there’s no tomato on it.

Can I use canned tomatoes?

Certainly! You can use what you have on hand. Homegrown, store-bought or canned will work. Just keep in mind that different varieties and whether they’re fresh or canned will produce a different taste.

Tips for the best results

Use fresh produce. If you can get your hands on fresh ingredients, the flavors và textures will be completely natural and miễn phí from any additives.Avoid overly ripe tomatoes. These will soften too quickly & lose their structure, which takes away from the texture of the sauce.Use your favorite fish. While we love this dish with flounder, if there’s a variety that you enjoy more, make your meal more enjoyable by using what you love.

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