Spicy Catfish Stew

    1 hour

    This is an easy spicy stew that has a very Cajun feel to it. It includes Catfish, green capsicum, onion and lots of spice flavours.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 cup white rice
    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 4 tablespoons brown roux
    • 1 cup diced onion
    • 1/2 cup diced green capsicum
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock
    • 500g tomatoes, coarsely diced
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 500g catfish fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
    • 1/4 cup diced fresh parsley
    • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes, to taste

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Combine rice and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until done.
    2. In a large saucepan warm roux over medium heat. Stir in onion, green capsicum and garlic then cook for about 5 minutes or until soft.
    3. Stir in stock and tomatoes. Season with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, black pepper, thyme and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    4. Stir in catfish and parsley. Simmer, partially covered for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
    5. Stir in 2 cups cooked white rice and season with chilli flakes. Serve.

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    This recipe was pretty good. I soaked my home caught catfish in half milk half water like the previous rater suggested... it did take alot of the fishy flavor out. I wasnt sure how long to soak it.. i kind of forgot about it in the refridgerator so it ended up soaking for 24 hours. I used 2 cans of stewed tomatoes drained instead of chopped tomatoes.. i also added more onion and bell pepper... the recipe was kind of runny so next time i might add more rice and instead of 2 cups of beef broth just add 2 cubes of beef bullion, thanks for the recipe and i will probably make again.  -  18 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was quite good. I say quite, because I used wild catfish and it was incredibly fishy, next time I will soak it in salt water and milk like (I later found out) you're supposed to. I made a few changes to the recipe based on what I had at hand. Used vegetable broth, a can of stewed tomatoes, Cajun seasoning instead of red pepper flakes and dried chervil instead of fresh parsley. I also omitted the rice because my boyfriend wanted potato casserole instead. All in all the sauce was quite tasty, but was ruined by the fish. I think if I had used store bought catfish, or soaked mine it would have been wonderful. Mine was also quite runny, but probably because I omitted the rice.  -  20 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    The ingredient list for this recipe is very similar to a crawfish recipe in the Frugal Gourmet's American collection and it makes for a good comfort food that even my wife, who doesn't really care for most fish, really liked. Yat's restaurant in Indianapolis specializes in etouffee and other Creole dishes. This could have come right out of one of their kettles. Because I substituted canned tomato, juice and all, I thought it needed a little sugar and some cumin to mellow it out a bit. Recommend putting Tabasco green sauce on the table for those wanting to kick it up.  -  17 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)