Welcome to Rice Cookers 101! Today, I am excited to share with you a delicious and easy-to-make recipe for Vietnamese swordfish rice. This flavorful dish combines seared swordfish with fragrant jasmine rice, vegetables, and a savory sauce made from fish sauce, soy sauce, and lime juice. It’s a perfect meal for those looking for a healthy and satisfying dinner that can be easily prepared using a rice cooker. So, let’s get started! We’ve made this vietnamese swordfish rice recipe easy to follow 👨‍🍳. If you’re looking for our favorite rice cookers to make this recipe, check out our list of top rice cookers here.

vietnamese swordfish rice ingredients


  • 1 lb swordfish fillet, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat up a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and wait until it heats up.
  2. Mince 2 cloves garlic and chop up 1 small onion, and then add them into the skillet. Cook for about 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Cut a 1 lb swordfish fillet into cubes, add them into the skillet, and stir well. Cook until browned on all sides, which will take about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Season the swordfish with 4 tablespoons of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  5. Stir well until the swordfish is well coated with the seasoning.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid. Let it cook for another 5-7 minutes until the swordfish is cooked through and tender.
  7. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lime over the swordfish and stir it well.
  8. Place a portion of cooked white rice on each plate and spoon the swordfish fillets on top of the rice.
  9. Garnish each plate with 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro and serve hot.

vietnamese swordfish rice

How long does vietnamese swordfish rice last in the fridge?

Vietnamese swordfish rice can be stored in the fridge after cooking for up to four days. It is important to store the dish in an airtight container and refrigerate it as soon as it has cooled down. To reheat, the dish should be microwaved or reheated on the stove with a little bit of water to prevent drying out. However, it is important to note that the quality of the dish may decrease after two days, so it is recommended to consume it as soon as possible.

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Low calorie vietnamese swordfish rice recipe substitutions

To make this recipe lower in calories, a few substitutions could be made. First, instead of using swordfish fillet, a leaner fish could be used such as tilapia or cod. Secondly, the amount of vegetable oil used could be reduced or swapped for a cooking spray to cut back on calories. Thirdly, the amount of sugar can also be halved or substituted with an artificial sweetener for fewer calories. Finally, the amount of rice served can be reduced or swapped with cauliflower rice to further lower the calorie count. These substitutions would help to reduce the calorie count of the dish while still maintaining its delicious flavors.

What to serve with a vietnamese swordfish rice?

Vietnamese swordfish rice is quite a flavorful and filling dish on its own, but can also be complemented with a few different side dishes. A simple cucumber and carrot salad dressed with rice vinegar and a pinch of sugar would provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the fish. Alternatively, stir-fried bok choy or a mix of sautéed green and yellow beans would add some greens to round out the meal. Another option would be to serve a small bowl of clear Vietnamese broth soup, such as pho or bun rieu, to sip alongside the rice and fish for added nourishment and depth of flavors.

Whats the best sauce for a vietnamese swordfish rice?

The best sauce for Vietnamese swordfish rice is a combination of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and chili. Start by whisking together fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Then add minced garlic and finely chopped chili for some heat. Adjust the flavors to your liking, adding more lime juice for acidity, sugar for sweetness, or chili for spice. Serve the sauce on the side of the grilled swordfish rice, allowing each person to drizzle it over their bowl as desired. This sauce is the perfect balance of salty, sour, sweet, and spicy, and complements the flavors of grilled swordfish perfectly.

Vietnamese swordfish rice health benefits

Vietnamese swordfish rice can provide health benefits as swordfish is a source of lean protein, high in vitamin B12, and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which can help improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease. Additionally, the rice provides a source of complex carbohydrates while the vegetables such as scallions, ginger, and garlic provide essential vitamins and minerals. However, swordfish can also contain high levels of mercury, so it’s important to consume it in moderation. If you’re looking for a healthier option, a quinoa salad with grilled chicken, mixed greens, avocado, and a vinaigrette dressing can provide similar nutritional benefits without the risk of mercury exposure.

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