Catfish pepper soup is one of Nigerian’s most popular evening recipes. I have been putting this away for a very long time because of the complexity of the recipe. I had planned to make this recipe even before the launch of the “Easy guide to delicious Nigerian Foods”, one of the best products ever made in the Nigerian Kitchen.
How to make catfish pepper soup.
I like Nigerian foods to the point that I find it difficult to cope in a foreign environments. Well, I think this is justifiable, I have been making Nigerian foods right from my eleventh birthday. I think the first food I ever made was vegetable soup with cow liver, my dad insisted.
Below is the image of catfish pepper soup, the popular point and kill pepper soup that is served in major restaurants and bars in Nigeria.
You will also find this recipe at page 72 of the Ultimate Nigerian cookbook
You will find the video for this recipe at the bottom of this page.
Utazi is a slightly bitter leaf that is used in making certain foods in Nigerian. I used these ingredients while making Nkwobi, pepper soup and African salad. Have you seen my page on how to make African salad (Abacha), it is one of the most popular and the easiest to make Igbo Food.
So here are the ingredients for making point and kill catfish pepper soup, you will end up with a very delicious recipe if you used the ingredients as listed below and also learn to incorporate them the exact way it was done here.
Ingredients For Cat Fish Pepper Soup
I used just a medium sized catfish, so this is the exact size of ingredients that I used. You can choose to increase or decrease depending on the number of persons you are looking to feed and the number/size of the cat fish you are preparing .
This would serve 3 Persons.
1 medium sized catfish – 1.2KG
Half cup of sliced onions.
Scent leaves (a handful).
Utazi leaves (very little).
1 seasoning cube.
Lion peppersoup spices.
Teaspoon – (fish seasoning).
Half cup of ground crayfish.
1 teaspoon – Paprika powder
Salt to taste.
It is better to use a smaller pot while making peppersoup so that all the ingredients would easily soak with the fish or meat, and it wouldn’t take lots of water to get the fish submerged in water.
There are lots of fish seasoning spice in local Nigeria markets, you can use anyone of them.
I use paprika powder just because I want my pepper soup a little red as you can see above, if you like it white, you can do without paprika powder.
How to prepare catfish peppersoup.
We start by washing the fishes thoroughly, most people fail to do this properly. Normally, the fish is cut in the market by the seller to serve-able sizes so just transfer into a bowl and soak with hot water at 80 – 90 degree Celsius, very boiled water will end up peeling the skin of the fish.
Wash to remove the slimy outer layer completely.
Prepare all the necessary ingredients, I had to pound the fresh red pepper and half cup of crayfish together with a mortar and pestle. Also slice the utazi leaves, onions, scent leaves and set aside in bowls.
How to Cook Catfish peppersoup.
Transfer the washed cat fish into the cooking pot, like I advised above, it is better to use a small pot so the fish parts are very close to each other, this will allow the proper incorporation of the ingredients and help you make a very delicious point and kill peppersoup.
I think we are done with the hard part, fishes take about ten to fifteen minutes to cook, that is just the cat fish. Electric fish and a few other fish found in Nigeria take just about five minutes to prepare.
Once you have transferred into a pot, then start with salt, followed by seasoning cubes, fish seasoning, crayfish, pepper. etc.
Then add water.
Make sure the ingredients are not suspended at the top.
Cook 7 minutes then add all the leaves, I also added some paprika powder because I love ‘dem red catfish pepper soup
There are basic ingredients for making cat fish (point and kill) pepper soup, however, you are free to spice up with flavors and spices of choice.
At the end – this is what you get.
How to make Catfish Pepper soup – VideoThis is the video for this delicious Nigerian recipe
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