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Salmon Braised in Tomato Sauce / Salmon Sốt Cà Chua

An easy week night meal that my mom usually makes at least a few times a month is salmon braised in tomato sauce or salmon sốt cà chua. Salmon filet is pan fried to form a golden crust and then is braised in a simple tomato garlic sauce for a a few minutes. This dish is served simply with rice. It is a quick, healthy and easy dish to make for dinner.

Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 2 people / Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large salmon filet with skin

4 ripe tomatoes

1 tablespoon of fish sauce

1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder

1 cup of low sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons of diced yellow onion

9 cloves of garlic (5 cloves of smashed garlic and 4 cloves of minced garlic)

Sea salt

Ground pepper

Sugar

Canola oil or any oil (not olive oil since it has a low heat point and will burn)

Directions:

Rub the salmon on both side with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Rinse the salmon with water and wipe dry with a paper towel.

Smash 5 cloves of garlic to release the juice.

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Heat a pan on high with enough oil to cover the pan. Once the oil is hot, add the 5 cloves of smashed garlic. Once the garlic turns golden, remove the garlic and discard it. Sear both side of the salmon until it turns golden brown.

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Remove from the pan and set aside. The salmon does not need to be thoroughly cooked because it will be braised later. You just want a golden crust. Wipe the pan clean of oil with a paper towel.

Dice the tomatoes and put them into a mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder, 2 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper.

Heat the pan on high with 2 tablespoons of oil and brown 4 cloves of minced garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of diced onion when the garlic starts to turn golden.

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Once the onions turn translucent, add the tomatoes and mix. Stir to break up the tomatoes for approximately 5 minutes.

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Allow the juices to reduce a little and add 1 cup of chicken broth. Let it boil to reduce the liquid for 2 minutes.

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Add the salmon back into the pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes to absorb the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the salmon as it cooks.

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After approximately 10 minutes, turn off the heat and add diced scallions for garnish and color. Serve the dish with a side of rice.

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Authors: Susan Tran and Chau Hoang

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