catfish soup (Egusi) is quite easy to make. The process resembles that of the usual egusi soup, there is a little twist, however. I want to show you how I made the delicious-looking plate of soup below.
You will buy the catfish while it is still alive, kill and clean it up. The seller would assist you.

Usually, when I want to make catfish soup, it is either with ofor or egusi. I believe I have told you how to make catfish soup with ofor and vegetables.

This soup is served with semo. I decided to make egusi soup with catfish in this recipe; you can also make egusi soup with any one of the many other Nigerian fishes or meats.
Egusi and catfish soup

Most people can easily figure out how I made this soup, or not. If you do it the wrong way, you will end up scattering the fishes. Most people don’t like it when the fish is scattered.

Ingredients | Serving 6×2

2kg of catfish
4 cups of egusi (melon seeds) (grind)
One cup of ground osu (optional)
300g of bonga fish
A handful of washed Utazi leaves (Gongronema latifolium)
3 cubes of knorr or maggi
200ml of palm oil
Half cup of ground crayfish
Salt and pepper to taste.
One table spoon of ogiri or ground dawadawa (optional)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

bonga fish
Those are cleaned and broken bonga fish, then crayfish and sliced red peppers.

Please buy the hand-pilled melon seeds and ground it yourself. There are several boys in most Nigerian market that offer the service of grinding food ingredients for a little fee.

Cut the fish to desired sizes, drop into a bowl and pour almost-boiled water on them. Wash off the slimy-outer skin and transfer into a clean bowl with water.

Grind your egusi, crayfish and pepper, then set aside. Wash the utazi, you want to remove about 50 percent of its bitterness. Wash and squeeze for about 3 minutes to achieve this.

Remove the head and center bone of the bonga fish, remove every visible bone and break into tiny bits. Wash and set aside.
Set your cooking pot on heat, add 7 cups of water and allow to boil. Add the bonga fish and allow to cook for up to 10 minutes. The Egusi and catfish soup combination can be made in just about 45 minutes. I think it is one of the easiest Nigerian soup.

Add crayfish, two cubes of maggi, pepper and salt to taste. You can add the ogiri or dawadawa at this point. Some people don’t like them. Add 200ml of palm oil and allow to boil for another 5 minutes before adding the ground egusi (melon seed)

Add the ground melon seed and stir so it doesn’t coagulate.
Add the washed-cleaned catfish immediately. Cover and allow to cook for nothing less than 10 minutes. You are allowed to stir carefully occasionally so it doesn’t get burned.
Finally, taste for salt, you can add another cube of maggi or knorr if you like, sprinkle the washed utazi on the top of the soup. Cover and allow to simmer for another 3 minutes and you are done with the making of a delicious pot of egusi-catfish soup.

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  1. Ifeyinwa  January 6, 2016

    Thanks for the well detailed recipe, you have done so much for me and women in general. happy new year and thanks once again for the catfish soup.

  2. chisom  January 6, 2016

    Happy new year Chy, Thanks for the recipe. My husband loves catfish so much.

  3. Toby  January 6, 2016

    I love catfish very much and have tried the other soup recipe. This one looks really delicious and I am definitely going to give it a whirl soon. Can I just slice the utazi leaves instead of washing them? thanks.

  4. Jane  January 7, 2016

    Good morning Chy,

    Thanks for this very recipe. I am really going to try it out today. Will get you a feed back asap. God bless you real good and have a wonderful year ahead as God continue to increase you in wisdom IJN-Amen

  5. Sonia  January 7, 2016

    Tnks Chy, don’t love catfish at all, d raring puts me off. Will def try dis another fresh water fish. Tried ur Egusi soup recipe with beef, came out really nice. Wished u had a taste. Lol

  6. Patricia  January 7, 2016

    Wow, it looks great, I’ll try it n tnx for d tip on how to go abt wit d catfish. Thanks again n happy new year

  7. mojisola  January 7, 2016

    I will definitely try it,thanks.

  8. Eve  January 7, 2016

    Won’t the fish be tasteless without first parboiling with salt and pepper,considering that cat fish can be so nauseated without proper seasoning.

  9. Queensley  January 7, 2016

    Thanks Chi… U are one in a million,when it comes to perfect&delicious dishes……My kitchen is now an arena of variety,may God bless ur good work?

  10. Sylvia  January 7, 2016

    Wonderful Work Ma,I. Can feel the Food Passion in you.I Appreciate U.

  11. Princess  January 8, 2016

    Thanks so much… I have learn another new method of cooking egusi soup..

  12. AMAKA  January 8, 2016

    My dear thanks very much for the detail and direction on how to cook Egusi and Catfish Soup. Happy New Year

  13. Yawchi  January 8, 2016

    Really cool, but wont d smell ofd catfish b retained?

    • Chy Anegbu  January 10, 2016

      No really, once it is properly washed.

  14. Maureen inuwa  January 9, 2016

    short and precise thanks

  15. Donsmart  January 10, 2016

    Actually i feel like eaten the food from here, its quite delicious well presentable, how i wish i can accumulate this one. I must say very big thanks for teaching it, it really a nice one.

  16. Esi Senam  January 11, 2016

    Thanks so much. But I don’t know what utazi and bonga fish are. I’m ghanaian.

  17. sarah omotosho  January 11, 2016

    Thanks chi,I just love this am going to try it,God bless ut

  18. Delight  January 11, 2016

    It’s really nice and i’ll try it thou but my Dad doesn’t like catfish on soup

  19. Precious  January 11, 2016

    Dear Chy, Happy New Year and I wish you a great and successful year. Thanks for this posting and for all others. But I would like to see the video of the Egunsi Soup with cat fish preparation.


  20. naomi  January 11, 2016

    tasting good already but wont the catfish scatter in the process of mixing the leave and egunsi? one will b extra careful sha. can u make one of ur weekly recipes a table of nutricious food for kids age 1-5yrs made with common nigerian foods? will appreciate

  21. Faith  January 11, 2016

    Wow! I’ll definitely try it out. Thanks for the recipe

  22. Vera  January 14, 2016

    Thanks for sharing, i will try it.

  23. Emamoke  January 25, 2016

    Is utazi the same as pumkin leave. If not, can I substitute utazi for pumkin?

  24. Vieva  June 14, 2016

    Yes ooo. U’re the best chy. I’d surely give it a try soonest. Keep up d gud work. Looking out for Fresh Fish Stew.

  25. bliss  December 6, 2018

    I gave this recipe a trial and it came out super delicious.i added beef,ofor, unshelled periwinkle with afang leaf…..simply out of this world!!


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