Caramelized Black-Pepper Fish (Mackerel or Tuna)

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Caramelized Black-Pepper Fish (Mackerel or Tuna)

This is a perfect dish for serving with hot-steamed rice on a cold day. In this post, I’ll show you an easy way to make it.


1 kg Fish (Mackerel or Tuna)

1 Tbsp of each: minced-garlic, -ginger, -lemongrass

1  Tbsp of each: sliced-ginger, -galangal root (thai ginger)

sugar, salt, fish sauce, chicken powder, black pepper

Let’s get started:

First of all, get the fish prepared and ready for seasoning in a clean bowl.

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Add the minced garlic, ginger and lemongrass into the bowl, then add 1 tsp of chicken powder, 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of fish sauce. Now cover up and let the fish well marinated for at least haft an hour.

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After that, fry the fish for about 15 mins. Meanwhile, we can prepare the pot with a layer of sliced galangal-root (thai ginger) and original ginger, then transfer all the fish into it.

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Prepare the caramel-liquid by adding 3 tbsp of sugar and 50ml of water into a smaller pot, cook it over medium-high heat until it turns yellow-brown, then pour the mixture over the fish. (you can skip this step if you have the instant caramel-sauce available by using 2 tbsp of it)

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Now add in 150 ml of water, 2 tbsp of fish sauce and let the pot simmer for about an hour.

After that, add 1 tbsp of smashed black-pepper, then adjust the taste with fish sauce and sugar and cook it for another 2 mins. And we are done 🙂


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