Tomatoey Catfish Stew

    1 hour 5 min

    This stew is simple and well-flavoured. It's made by simmering bacon, potatoes and catfish in a delicious tomato sauce. Serve with crusty bread.

    7 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 5 rashers streaky bacon
    • 240g chopped onion
    • 2 (400g) tins tomatoes
    • 225g passata
    • 465g diced potatoes
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 6 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco or to taste
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 900g catfish, cut into bite-sized pieces

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Place the bacon in a large pot with a lid; cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Reserving the drippings in the pot, remove the bacon to a plate lined with kitchen towels to drain. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
    2. Put the onions in the pot; cover and allow to cook about 5 minutes. Stir the tomatoes, passata, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce into the onions. Season with salt and pepper; allow to simmer 30 minutes. Stir the crumbled bacon and catfish into the mixture; continue cooking until the fish flakes easily, about 10 minutes more.

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    The acidity of the tomatoes prevented the potatoes from becoming tender in only 30 minutes. I cooked the mixture over an hour and a half, checking the potatoes every 15 minutes after the initial 30 minutes to ensure they were softened. I tasted for seasoning and added two teaspoons of Emeril's Cajun spice mixture (recipe for spice mixture at and tripled the hot sauce before adding the catfish. I have never eaten fish in a stew or soup, but since I'm trying to incorporate more fish into my diet, I wanted to give this recipe a try. The texture of the fish was strange to me, at first. I have to say it smelled wonderful while cooking. I almost used olive oil and left the bacon out to save calories and make it healthier. I decided to go ahead and stay as close as possible to the recipe as written. I love bacon in anything, but I was surprised the scrumptious undertone the bacon gave to this recipe. I'm sure that accounts for the hike in calories. Oh well, I'll try olive oil next time. I think chicken or pork could be substituted for catfish in this recipe with very good results.  -  17 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is excellent as-is. I made a double batch as the recipe stated it was for 4 servings, but that is the only thing wrong with it. As written, this recipe will feed 12.. easily. I made cornbread to go with it. My family gobbled it up.  -  10 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very Good! Hot and spicy. We pre-cooked the catfish in lemon and pepper, and then simmered for about an hour on the stove until potatoes where done. We ate the whole thing up.  -  09 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)