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Cook flavorful, dark and savory fish with relatively little fuss

Vietnamese Caramel Fish

30 minutes

A tablespoon of coconut water helped the sugar caramelize faster, getting us the deep coffee color we were after in just minutes. We avoided burning the caramel by adding more liquid, which also released the flavors of the aromatics. The rate that the sugar caramelizes and the water evaporates depends on your burner and the thickness and diameter of your pot; keep a close eye on the caramel to prevent it from burning and becoming bitter. We liked serving the fish and its flavorful sauce over rice.

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