Caramelized Sardines in Coconut Water
This is a time-consuming recipe but definitely a classic. You can apply this concept to any kind of fish; my choice for today are sardines. It pairs great with rice or sticky rice!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 4 people
- 2 lb sardines
- 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 cup coconut water
- 3 Tbsp fish sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- Wash and clean sardines (I de-head them but the option is yours).
- To make caramelized sauce, add sugar into a pan over medium heat and stir until sugar is melted. Once melted, add a few tablespoons of water slowly and stir until a nice caramel color. This process will take about 5 minutes.
- Over medium high heat, add olive oil and garlic. Lightly fry sardines so they are golden brown.
- Then add all the caramelized sauce into the pan, fish sauce and coconut water. Cover the lid over low/medium heat for about 25-30 minutes. Then garnish with dash of black pepper to serve.
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