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 901 reviews

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.

Steve - Jan 24, 2019

Was nice but think it would be even nicer with chicken as the fish didnt hold the sauce as well as i'd hope

Jayne - Jan 23, 2019

Oh wow! Easy and delicious, winner!!

James - Jan 23, 2019

Used pollock fillets and coconut milk as I figured water would be too, well, watery. Really nice. Will have again

Plum - Jan 21, 2019

Didn’t taste like it did the first time. Think it’s too much liquid. Love it though.

Sarah - Jan 14, 2019

Sweet and a waste of cod! The flavour was strong any cheaper white fish would have done. Also wouldnt say it was 2 heat rating more like a mild 1.

Alex - Jan 10, 2019

Very tasty

Gavin - Dec 24, 2018

Loved this !

Amanda - Dec 10, 2018

Far too sweet. One of my least favourite dishes

Trevor - Dec 10, 2018

Not good

Ricky - Dec 04, 2018

Great dish - would definitely have again

Duncan - Dec 02, 2018

Great flavours, my other halves favorite so far, another one that's a bit of faff to cook having part cook, swap out etc..

Lynda - Nov 26, 2018

Amazing as always. Our favourite

Maria - Nov 25, 2018

Delicious dish that I've ordered several times. I use coconut sugar that's less sweet and I'm glad it's available on simplycook as the spices sit forever in my kitchen and would've have got them otherwise

Kathryn - Nov 22, 2018

Really tasty dish. I reduced the sugar based on other reviews but sauce didn’t caramelise well. Still very enjoyable.

Nicola - Nov 15, 2018

Really enjoyed, only enough for 2 people, I put in half of the sugar after reading other reviews, I also used red onion finely chopped as I didn’t have any shallots it worked fine,

Susan - Nov 14, 2018

Fabulo u s flavours

Helen - Nov 13, 2018

Sweet and Spicey. Something I woudn't have tried without Simply cook. Adding to favourites :)

Kirsti - Nov 04, 2018

Really strong tasting sauce which overpowers everything, with a bitter aftertaste

Alison - Nov 03, 2018

Love this!! Think it's my favourite!

Helen - Nov 01, 2018


Claire - Oct 31, 2018

Absolutely gorgeous

Denise - Oct 19, 2018

Very nice dish, great flavours! Well worth a try!!!

Stephanie - Oct 16, 2018

Was okay but wouldn’t choose again

Emma - Oct 14, 2018

Too spicy

Leslie - Oct 14, 2018

One of our favourites so far.

Roxana - Oct 08, 2018

Delicious ! A little spicy but lovely dish.

Ele - Oct 02, 2018

Amazingly easy and absolutely divine unique taste. I will definitely be having this again. Loved it ????

Eugene - Sep 26, 2018

Yum. Be mean with the sugar though....

Nigel - Sep 26, 2018

Great taste as always!

Rachel - Sep 25, 2018

Slighty bit sweet so next time i would half the ammount of sugar, but the spice level was perfect, very tasty!

Terri - Sep 23, 2018

Loved the flavour but found it a little sweet. I will try it again and not add as much brown sugar as suggested in the recipe.

Rachael - Sep 20, 2018


Paul - Sep 12, 2018

Great tasting dish

Paul - Sep 11, 2018

great recipe

Stephanie - Sep 04, 2018

In my top 5. So delicious and quick to make. Unusual flavours. Superb!

Val - Sep 01, 2018

Couldn’t leave no stars!!!!

Jonathan - Aug 27, 2018

Very taste fish dish with a nice little kick to it

Charles - Aug 26, 2018

Not always sure with fish dishes but enjoyed this one a lot, would probably use a bit less sugar next time

Erica - Aug 21, 2018

Unexpectedly delicious. Deffo one to try!

Tamsyn - Aug 16, 2018

One of my favourite dishes! Really nice flavour from the coconut water, and gives a much lighter feeling as it's not too creamy compared to a milk based dish. Fish falls apart lovely, great balance of flavours and textures.

Dragos - Aug 16, 2018

Really good.

Liz - Aug 09, 2018

Most amazingly delicious meal!!

Wendy - Aug 03, 2018

Not a fan, or was to onion and the coconut water wasn't as nice as dishes made with coconut milk. A bit disappointing really

Donna - Jul 25, 2018

Mmm, it’s ok. Had no fish so used chicken breast instead. Added about 1 level teaspoon of brown sugar which lifted the flavour. Nice and spicy, but hubby added several splashes of soy sauce in order to eat it. Cooking instructions odd - they tell you to cook fish and reserve the marinade but it’s a dry marinade?? Anyhow, it all went in at once. Prefer the Goan and Balinese curries so will stick to those.

Peter - Jul 23, 2018


Peter - Jul 19, 2018

Nice flavour but didn't realise how expensive coconut water is!! Will try again with a substitute


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