Salmon ~ Vietnamese Caramel

Salmon ~ Vietnamese Caramel

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • ¼

    cup granulated sugar

  • 3

    Tbs. fresh lime juice; more to taste

  • 1

    Tbs. fish sauce

  • ¼

    cabbage, coarsely grated or julienned (about 1-½ cups)

  • ¼

    cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    Tbs. canola oil

  • 4

    scallions, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)

  • 3

    medium cloves garlic, minced

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1-½

    lb. skinless salmon fillet, preferably wild, pin bones removed, cut into 1-½-inch pieces

Directions

Heat the sugar in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, tilting the pan occasionally to help the sugar melt evenly, until dark amber (like maple syrup), about 3 minutes. (If your pan is dark, test the color by dribbling some on a white plate.) Remove from the heat and carefully add 1/4 cup water; it will steam and bubble. Put the skillet over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add 1 Tbs. of the lime juice and the fish sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook until thick enough for a spoon to leave a trail in the skillet, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the carrots, cilantro, and the remaining 2 Tbs. lime juice. Season to taste with more lime juice and salt. Heat the oil in a wok or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the scallions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add the caramel sauce and 3/4 tsp. pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the fish and toss gently to coat. Distribute the fish in a single layer and simmer vigorously, stirring once, until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with the cabbage.


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