Ca Kho To is a Vietnamese dish of caramelised fish, traditionally braised in a clay pot with a sweet and savoury sauce. In Vietnam it’s a popular, comfort-food dish, which is enjoyed regularly by locals. Our Ca Kho To has a lovely sweetness and gooey-ness to it with flavours of ginger and a little kick of chilli to balance it out. This is delicious with a dash of fresh lime juice squeezed all over to serve. 

Cook our delicious Ca Kho To in just Minutes

We’ve sourced and blended all of the unique flavour ingredients to make our authentic Ca Kho To. We bring these all together in a recipe kit, which consists of 3 flavour pots; a Ca Kho To Fish Paste pot, a Ginger & Garlic Mix pot and a Galangal Garnish pot. Simply follow our recipe, adding a few items from your fridge, to cook this delicious Ca Kho To in just 30 minutes.

How Our Recipes Kits Work

We provide flavour ingredients:

  • Ca Kho To Fish Paste
  • Ginger & Garlic Mix
  • Galangal Garnish

Your shopping list:

large shallots
jasmine rice
cod fillet/loin
coconut water
brown sugar (less for white)
green veg of your choice(optional)

Our 30 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Prep the cod

    Cook the rice according to pack instructions, and keep warm. 

    Mix the shallots in a bowl with the sugar, the CA KHO TO FISH PASTE and the GINGER & GARLIC MIX.

    Add the cod pieces to the bowl, and mix carefully to coat.

  • 2.

    Cook the fish

    Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wide, non-stick pan over a medium-heat and then add the fish, keeping back the marinade mixture. Briefly sear for 1 min on each side then remove from the pan.

    Add the rest of the marinade mixture, the coconut water and the GALANGAL GARNISH to the pan. Bring it to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium and let it cook uncovered for 10 mins so the sauce reduces a little and becomes sticky. Stir occasionally and add 50ml of coconut water if it looks too dry halfway through.

  • 3.

    Finishing touches

    If you’re doing steamed greens on the side, prepare this now. 

    Return the fish to the pan, then simmer on a low heat for 5 more mins, or until the fish is cooked. 

  • 4.


    Squeeze a lime over the fish and serve it over rice with steamed greens on the side (optional).


Ca Kho To Reviews

BASED ON 1231 reviews

Lesley - Jun 17, 2019

Wow lovely spicy sweet kick to liven up fish. Very tasty and just the right amount of spice for me. Would order this again

Clare - Jun 16, 2019

Very quick and easy to cook. Quite sweet but tasty.

Kelly - Jun 09, 2019

Absolutely delicious!

Gary - Jun 08, 2019

One of the best. Recipe maybe has too much sugar for me. Would add a bit more fish as well

Heidi - Jun 05, 2019

Very nice

Ben - May 28, 2019

Nice. Would eat this again.

Claire - May 28, 2019

Oh my god, doesn’t look great on the recipe card but what an amazing dish. Nice spice kick and healthy. Made it with green beans. Would defo order again.

Caroline - May 19, 2019

Tasted amazing and I used with snap peas. Just found the instructions a bit confusing with mixing shallots and spices and then adding fish, then cooking fish separately. So? Separately from spices and shallots?!? Did I read this wrong?

Lisa - May 17, 2019

Pleasantly surprised, we would have this again but occasionally

Ben - May 16, 2019

Delicious sweet/spicy sauce really complements the fish. Fantastic

Helen - May 16, 2019

Very tasty. Really enjoyed it. Used Quorn instead and works fine. Still doesn't beat my favourite...

Sarah - May 15, 2019

Love this one. So tasty!

Tracy - May 12, 2019

Loved this!

Sarah - May 12, 2019

bit too sweet

Lauren - May 11, 2019

Wow this dish convinced my other one half we need more fish In our life (he hates fish!) lovely and spicy we will definitely order this again

Pippa - May 09, 2019

Very nice - quite spicy

Barbara - May 09, 2019

Just spicy enough for us, not blow your head off, but bit of a kick. Served with wilted spinach which gave nice balance. Sauce complemented the cod but didn’t overpower it’s flavour

Marie - May 07, 2019

Fantastic flavours

stefanie - Apr 28, 2019

This was one of my favourite meals!

Heidi - Apr 21, 2019

Really delicious, would definitely order again.

Jacqueline - Apr 20, 2019

Not great.

Nick - Apr 18, 2019

A really lovely dish - I will definitely be ordering this again - it required very little adjustment and was straightforward to make. I used basa instead of cod as it was the freshest - delicious - 5 stars

Rianne - Apr 16, 2019

Very black beany

Rachael - Apr 15, 2019

Yummy ????

Suzanne - Apr 13, 2019

Absolutely loved this. Halved the sugar based on some of the reviews and it was perfect. Will definitely be having this one again.

Stephanie - Apr 11, 2019

Lovely flavours. Used tilapia instead of cod. No need to add the sugar.

Marion - Apr 09, 2019

Very tasty and interesting!

Jackie - Apr 07, 2019

Delicious, will order again

Gary - Apr 07, 2019

Fantastic lots of flavour and unusual like this a lot

Penny - Apr 04, 2019

Loved this one!

Sam - Apr 01, 2019

Very nice, light and tasty

lisa - Mar 31, 2019

Absolutely amazing

Joanna - Mar 30, 2019

Delicious. Used river cobbler and served with coconut rice

Harriet - Mar 25, 2019

The first simply cook box that I’ve actually disliked

Gary - Mar 24, 2019

Lovely dish loads of flavour and easy to cook will definitely get this again

Mike - Mar 22, 2019

Best meal I've had from Simply Cook, so far.

Samsurin - Mar 15, 2019

Nice flavors, next time will skip or lessen sugar, it’s quite sweet

Chris - Mar 13, 2019

Stunning with balanced spice and sweetners

Suki - Mar 11, 2019

Loved this dish but needs to be a little less sweeter, so less sugar next time

Tracy - Mar 10, 2019

Will use a little less sugar next time very tasty

Karin - Mar 06, 2019

Bit sweet not sure if I would do again

Ian - Feb 28, 2019

Probably the best dish in the range!

Danny - Feb 27, 2019

Loved it

Danny - Feb 27, 2019

Loved it

Sally - Feb 26, 2019

Too sweet for our taste, maybe better without the sugar.

Andrew - Feb 19, 2019

Pretty bland as SimplyCook meals go. Won’t be ordering again

Sarah - Feb 13, 2019

The only Simply Cook meal I haven’t finished - loads more much better meals

Wendy - Feb 05, 2019

Perhaps a bit less sugar...but very tasty

Nikki - Feb 01, 2019

So delicious. The amount of fish isn’t much for 2 so I added prawns aswell.

Frances - Jan 25, 2019

Wonderful flavours. We always have charred pak choi with it. Delicious.


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