2 lb hito (catfish), dressed (or pickerel, or trout)
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 c vinegar
1/4 c water
1 T salt
1/4 t pepper
1 small bay leaf
3 T cooking oil
1. Put fish in porcelain or teflon skillet. Combine the rest of ingredients except cooking oil, and pour over the fish. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes turning fish once.
2. Transfer fish to a dish. Let sauce in skillet simmer until reduced Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
3. Heat oil in skillet. Fry fish until brown on all sides. Place on serving dish. Pour sauce over it.