How To Cook Fresh Catfish Stew

A serving of fresh catfish stew

FRESH CATFISH STEW RECIPE

Fresh fish stew is very easy to cook if one knows how to avoid stirring the fish while it cooks. The best way I do this is cook the washed fish in a different pot, cook the tomato stew in another pot before pouring into the cooked fish and leaving to simmer until yummy. Even those who
do not like fresh fish can eat this stew cos the fried onion rings and tomato have a way of taking away that fish smell and leaving your stew tasting great.

I still love me my watery stew but for those of us who like thick stews, boil your fish with very little water. Some people prefer onion and pepper chopped in tiny pieces, Rubynnia's post on how to chop tomatoes will come in handy.

1. Washing cat fish with warm water

2. Boil the seasoned catfish

3. Saute onion rings with pepper sauce and seasoning cubes

4. Allow onion to cook before adding just a little quantity of boiled and blended tomatoes

5. Stir and allow stew to cook, check for salt and seasoning. It's not by force to cut onion rings o, you can even blend your chopped onion if that's how you like it.

6. Pour cooked tomato stew into catfish pot, reduce heat and leave to simmer for about 3 minutes or more as you check for taste before removing from heat.

My watery catfish stew/soup. I added some more water to mine to make it a bit watery.

Very tasty fresh catfish stew served with boiled rice. Abeg serve your stew in a deep bowl o.

The aroma from this stew brought a visitor to my house
Enjoy!
This stew can be cooked with fresh croaker or any fresh fish of your choice. Even chicken stew can be cooked this way. Try cooking cow leg stew like this and you could bite off your finger enjoying the stew (Remember to save time with a pressure cooker). If you must enjoy your snail stew cooked this way, remember to add washed snails to salted boiling water so you get that crunchy bite and fun.

Serve with rice, boiled yam, plantain or correct elastic soft and fluffy  pounded yam if you like. If you take away the tomato, I'll add uziza and enjoy with eba sef.

Some Tasty Nigerian Soups:

  1. Fisherman white soup
  2. Ugu egusi soup
  3. Banga vegetable soup
  4. Fresh edikangikong soup
  5. Multi purpose egusi soup by Chubby Ella
  6. Ukodo with catfish by Onome
  7. Ofe elegusi By Lizzy

Comments

  1. Replies
    1. I Like.....

      But I will use hot water and salt 2 wash my fresh fish so as 2 peel of d top skin....then season d fish and cover while I prepare my tomato watsoever.

      After a while, then I will put d fish in mix and leabe 2 simmer...

      God bless Eya 4 dis post.

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    2. Thanks Bene. Thanks too BeBe, I used salted warm water but next time I'll try using hot water but I like that soft top skin o.

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    3. Anonymous20:13

      Hello Bebe, Help needed please! I just cooked a very delicious pot of fresh catfish stew, except that; disappointingly for some strange reason, the fish especially and the stew tasted sweet like a whole cup of sugar had been added :( ! Please can you or anyone help with what may've happened?

      I love my stews bell pepper rich and only a little or no tomatoes, so my ingredients were:
      3 1/2 large bell peppers, 4 scotch bonnets, 1 1/2 tbsp tomato puree, maggi salt. And this wasn't the first time I've used this pepper ratio, so I'm suspecting the catfish. They were bought 'ready washed and frozen' from the indian shops in UK, though I still spent about 45min rewashing thoroughly with salt and then, hot water.

      Saving that, do you think perhaps the bell peppers I bought this time around had a sweeter than usual taste, as i've heard they can sometimes taste extremely sweet?

      Please help, thank you in advance.

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    4. It might be the catfish. Tone the sweetness down with some hot pepper and a lol bit of salt.

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  2. Lovely....will try this. Thank You aunty Eya.

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    1. Longest time Adaeze, thank you, you'll enjoy it.

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  3. Lizzy11:42

    Yum yum aunty Eya. I kno u lke ur stew watery by now. Its good to know other types of fish can be used as I don't eat fresh catfish. More food posts plz sis.

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    1. I tell you, as I saw the stew I just said anty eya and watery stew. Won't the water stay under the rice. Anty I will try this just to experiment, hope no visitor will come to my house that day oooo before they will say I can't make stew. Lol.

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    2. Anonymous14:28

      something about watery stew at bottom of rice. I like it too.

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    3. Lizzy and Deborah, abeg make una no mid me jare. When you cook please add just some drops of water to your fish to make thick stew but sha you don't know what you are missing until you try eating rice with watery stew ( Not oily stew o).
      Thank you. Lizzy, you can cook with any fish of your choice and for food posts we will not relent by God's grace.

      @Deborah, if you can prevent the aroma from leaving your kitchen, then no visitor will come, if not Try make a big ot of fish stew.

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    4. Thanks anon, you and I are almost te same. There is nothing as fun as just scooping the watery stew at the bottom with your boiled rice while eating.

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  4. You re Doomed, as U seek to kill pple s Joy deres no way in hell u can be happy.

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    1. Anonymous12:07

      Thanks, Eya thanks too for deleting that psycho comment.

      Delete
    2. Thank you Doyinsola, even though I know that some of us won't like "fall down and die prayers" or "let my enemies DIE" me o, I still say amen cos it's too much abeg.
      Thank you sis. Tnks Anon.

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    1. Thank you YTB, it actually tastes more yummie than it looks.

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  6. fine geh herself12:48

    Madam Eya please post my mail already na

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    1. Fine Geh, I am so sorry, if you don't see it later today please just leave it as a comment on the most recent post OK. You will still get advice by God's grace.

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  7. Anonymous13:04

    Nice 1,pls WC az any1 used soy oil 4 cookin?Is it ok 4 stew&hop it doesn‘t foam?Pls help a sis in nid,thanks.

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    1. Hi Anon, I cook with soya oil and if it's the same thing you are talking about then it doesn't foam at all and it's very OK for stew if you don't have olive oil which I think is the best.

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  8. Anonymous13:33

    @ Poster thanks for this method. I will try this. Next when you want to wash catfish, please soak in salt water for like 30mins to 1hrs. and rinse in clean running water. You will be amazed at what you will see.

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    1. Anonymous15:41

      Does this replace d use of alum? What is d ratio of salt to water that shd be used

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    2. Thanks Anon and I hope what I see won't dabaru my appetite for the fish o?
      Second Anon please leave ratio matter. I think you should just scoop a dessertspoonful of salt and dazall.

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  9. Yummy!
    Bookmarked already.

    ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

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  10. Anonymous17:27

    Thanks Aunty Eya.I don wait 4 food post tire lol.

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    1. No vex dear, na fear no gree me. You know if I post what is already on the blog, my lover anon will accuse me of posting the same recipe everyday. I will try my best.

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  11. Nice one. I also like fresh fish soup esp tilapia. It's the bomb!!

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    1. Thank you TAC, croaker too is the bomb o. I ike tilapia but can't buy cos of the bones. Do you cook with the bones intact or

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  12. I may try this method. I don't eat cat fish else its cooked like Peper soup, I just feel I might puke.
    Thanks Aunty Eya and also comment that was cleared.

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    1. @LNC, thank you for thanking me sis, I hate to delete other people's comments but sometimes I just can't help it.
      You can try the method with any other fish of your choice or even chicken.

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  13. Anonymous19:15

    Nice post, ehen anty eya na nw u come jare... i don miss ur recipes tire. Beg no slack again o. Mwahh

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    1. No Anon, I will try my best not to slack again. But come o are you sure you have cooked all the recipes on " MY KITCHEN DIARY RECIPES" and all the ones on "BLOG READERS COOKING SKILLS? I no sure o.

      Again, When you need to try any WC Recipes, Google it with wives connection at the end of your search query.

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  14. I'm hungry for catfish now :)

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    1. Oh Myne, now you miss Naija "point and kill". Is there no way you can get fresh catfish over there?

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  15. Dearest Eya. Long time and thanks for making me hunger for catfish straight away!.

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    1. Wow Debby, longest time sis, how was vacation na? Hope by now you have pointed, killed and are done with the catfish eating already?
      Cheers.

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  16. Anonymous21:49

    Pls Eya,you posted a question about a husband who wants suggestions as to what his wife can do and still have time to take care of her unborn baby and a certain debbie recommended knitting.pls can i get her contact because i need to learn knitting too but the links and website i got were not too detailed.pls help a sister out.my own email address is sweety747uk@yahoo.co.uk.Thanks and expecting a reply.you can publish it orr0 if you are close friends with debbie,you can help with her contact.

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    1. Yes Anon, Debbie got your contact today and she'll get to you soon. A member of WC Warri Chapter informed her of your mail.

      Warri WC Chapter I hail o and THANKS to everyone of you who attended Debbie's Child Dedication last week. You guys are already visiting and checking up on yourselves. You have beaten us all to it o.
      We are inspired.
      Congrats to Wives Connection Warri Chapter!!!

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  17. Anonymous07:05

    Eya deleting my comments wnt change the fact that your husband is a selfish, myopic being.... He has killed what would hv being a great blog... some men are just idiots... whatever, he is your man, deal with the unsupportive cow

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    1. Anonymous07:16

      Annoying mosquito, gerrout

      Delete
    2. Anonymous07:20

      Anon, grow up and get a life. Whatchu doing on a ded blog???

      Delete
    3. OK Anon, if I delete your comment now, other comments will become meaningless so I won't delete and thanks for dreaming and creating your own imaginative version of my husband.

      Delete
  18. Mary07:25

    Its impossible for any family woman to spend all her time on a blog. So says former blogger Mary.

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    1. How do I reply you now my former blogger sis Mary? No body spends all their time on a blog even the singles. I think it's all about proper time management. Again singles have more time for themselves than family women sha but I don't think they spend all day infront of a computer o.

      Delete
  19. Anonymous07:29

    The day Linda begins to raise a family, u fink she'll still sleep on LIB?

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    1. Hi Anon, Linda doesn't sleep on LIB oooooo, no one can cheat nature lie le. She has her bedtime and if you don't agree, visit her blog by 3am and you'll see her in bed sleeping.

      Delete
  20. Dave07:36

    Funny how some losers reason. Only singles and d elderly can successfully give all their time to blogging. Disagree if you like

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    1. Hi Dave, from here down na wa o, you guys refused to compliment my correct catfish stew. Na only fight I dey see o. How do I reply this now not to cause wahala? Let me think and come back later abeg.

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  21. Anonymous07:38

    Anon 7.05am you sounded more like a cow! I pity you.. Catfish is not my thing at all.. It taste like soaked bread.. I can only manage it when it's barbecue.. I'll try this method with other fresh fish.. Kudos eyah

    Patsy

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  22. Anon 7 05, you sound so lonely and bitter. My advice? Go get married, raise a family. Inugo?

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  23. BeeCee10:14

    FYI bitter Anon, Sterra never marry o, she is still single and searching just like our Lindiway.#RunsAway

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    1. Anonymous23:41

      Stella is married and has two boys.

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  24. Anonymous11:31

    Stella is married with kids.

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    1. BeeCee11:53

      Gagantuan LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Anonymous11:55

      So what if anyone is married with kids or not married? Abeg go siddon with your busy body. I sure say nor be Aunty Sterra herself be dis sef?

      Delete
  25. Anonymous11:56

    Very Healthy Stew. Thanks Aunty Eya

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  26. Anonymous12:04

    S to D k is married with two boys.. just goes to buttress d point that african men are selfish and unsupportive... instead of encouraging their wives to move higher they expect you to sit and remain under them forever... *spits on blog*

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  27. Anonymous12:09

    @ Beecee ignorant goat, say what you know my friend or you shut that hole on your face you call a mouth.. stella dimokokorkus is married with 2sons.. some of Eya's girls are in boarding school so please what is the difference.. moreover, girls are easier to handle than boys and y'all are running your stinking mouths...

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    1. Anonymous14:03

      sharrap you liar

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  28. Anonymous15:56

    Anon! Anon!! Anon!!! How many times did I call you... Just tell Eya that u miss her usual blog and wish it will be revived soon... Hope u know it's family first in all.. For the main time, u can visit ur sterra and linda, while u check on WC once in a while to see if the revival has taken place... Do! Nor vex enh, Eya is a christian, and a true house wife, her husband is her crown, not WC... Eya darling, keep doing what you shld do best, BESIDE UR MAN! Kudos

    Patsy

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  29. Anonymous15:57

    Anon! Anon!! Anon!!! How many times did I call you... Just tell Eya that u miss her usual blog and wish it will be revived soon... Hope u know it's family first in all.. For the main time, u can visit ur sterra and linda, while u check on WC once in a while to see if the revival has taken place... Do! Nor vex enh, Eya is a christian, and a true house wife, her husband is her crown, not WC... Eya darling, keep doing what you shld do best, BESIDE UR MAN! Kudos

    Patsy

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  30. Anonymous17:50

    Abeg someone should ask this anon what the problem really is. Eya use rope tie ur neck n hand come WC ni? A word of advice,pls stay where u are wanted Biko. Very bittered individual. I pray u find happiness.

    Pj

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  31. Anonymous20:22

    Sharap fool... who is talkin to you?...

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  32. Anonymous20:23

    Sharap fool... who is talkin to you?...

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    1. Anonymous22:30

      You sound like ewu mpampa, anuofia

      Delete
    2. Anonymous09:04

      Ibo peeps and this mpama insult.. na una highest insult be that? Abeg try something new.. money loving ritualists

      Delete
    3. Anonymous14:13

      Which one is the highest insult for Yorubas?

      Delete
    4. Anonymous18:51

      Lmao @ money loving ritualists. Atleast we got something we love. What do u love exactly? Hateful bitch.

      Eya u are doing a great job ojare. Family is everything and don't we all forget that. God bless u and ur home.

      Delete
  33. Anonymous23:01

    You can add your fish doirectly to d pot without d need to boil separately. All you need is to avoid stirring d stew with a spoon. You can lift d pot and shake it if u feel there a need to stir.

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  34. Anonymous10:03

    I think this is anoda form of cooking catfish pepper soup. The only difference is that you will add ehu and scent leaf to the catfish or tomato to bring out the pepper soup aroma. I did this yesterday (16/10) and I was scored 90 by hubby, help n kids!

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  35. Anonymous21:51

    Pls write down d recipe for me ( catfish stew). Did d stew need curry powder?

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  36. Anonymous19:58

    Help needed! Hello, I just cooked a very delicious pot of fresh catfish stew, except that; disappointingly for some strange reason, the fish especially and the stew tasted sweet like a whole cup of sugar had been added :( ! Please can you or anyone help with what may've happened?

    I love my stews bell pepper rich and only a little or no tomatoes, so my ingredients were:
    3 1/2 large bell peppers, 4 scotch bonnets, 1 1/2 tbsp tomato puree, maggi salt. And this wasn't the first time I've used this pepper ratio, so I'm suspecting the catfish. They were bought 'ready washed and frozen' from the indian shops in UK, though I still spent about 45min rewashing thoroughly with salt and then, hot water.

    Saving that, do you think perhaps the bell peppers I bought this time around had a sweeter than usual taste, as i've heard they can sometimes taste extremely sweet?

    Please help, thank you in advance.

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    1. The fish is the problem.

      Delete
  37. wow am just digging up your archives...i love

    Future hubby, ama finish you with Food...Now i dont have an excuse again.....

    ReplyDelete

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