Catfish Stew – Nupe Style!

I am a Nupe girl and proud!  You will find the Nupe tribe in Niger, Kogi and Kwara States. We love to eat rice and guinea corn in different forms as we grow them in the swampy areas because the Nupe land is located in the heart of Nigeria below the River Niger and river Kaduna. And also for this reason fish, the cat fish especially is very common in Nupe dishes. I still get my mum to send me some dried fish straight from the river! I don’t mind the rice “forms” but I must admit that I cannot stand the meals made out of guinea corn!
I hear by present Nupe style fish stew.

1 cat fish
1medium onion (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon dried chilli powder
Knorr cube
4 table spoons of palm oil
Salt to taste
  • Chop the catfish into five to six pieces
  • Place the pieces in a bowl and pour hot water over them just to cover them  for a minute, you will notice the slimy stuff coming off the fish. Rinse them again in cold water, pat dry and keep aside.
  • In a sauce pan large enough to contain all the fish in a single layer, heat the oil for a minute and add the chopped onions and fry for another minute. Then place the fish in a single layer, sprinkle the Knorr cubes and dried pepper over the fish.
  • Pour warm water over the fish just to cover it and let it cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until you notice a thicker smooth stew. Add salt to taste.
Serve with rice or Tuwo Shinkafa.

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By |February 24th, 2012|26 Comments


  1. jewl December 30, 2015 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Wow its really simple and delicious. thanks alot for sharing

  2. Haddy January 5, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Yegidozhi don’t know you but thanks for repping.

  3. Temitope July 25, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Am going to try this for iftar nd I will leave a feedback. ..

  4. Emwosa July 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Very educational. Tanks for sharing!

  5. debola October 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    am blessed to have found this site. will surely try this recipe tomorrow.

  6. Kingsley September 4, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I made this last night along with some fried rice. I must say, it was quite delicious. I never knew that simple palm oil, water and some spices could make such a delicious sauce. I will be making more of this (with some customization) in the future for sure. Such an easy, yet mouth watering dish.

  7. aloted August 26, 2012 at 10:44 am - Reply

    so my hubby went and bought catfish… fish i have never cooked before in my life. phew

    anyway so glad i found this recipe! yay!

    i don’t see any mention of grinded pepper… you know the way we normally make stew…so all i need is dried pepper??

    hmm please can someone pls clarify i dont need grinded pepper before i make a fool of myself…lol

    thank you

    • Sasa August 27, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Hi Aloted… what you need is grind dried pepper… let us know how you get on

      • aloted September 9, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

        hey! sorry i replied 9jafoodie on turned out great! like kingsley i never knew dried pepper and palm oil could turn out that great…will have to try it out again.

        can i use any other type of fish?

        Thanks again

  8. Archi June 27, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I really like your recipe and find it interesting that all over Africa it is cooked in a very similar way. I am one of a minority of white Africans who really enjoy catfish (Barbel or Maramba down here)I do mine very similar to yours but try and put the catfish next to a fire overnight to absorb some woodsmoke flavor…thats how an African colleague taught me to cook it 20 years back by the side of the Zambezi river!! Fantastic!

  9. Abdulmalik June 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Infact this is good site.
    U have tried

  10. Relentless Builder March 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Sasa: You’re a Nupe girl? I would never have guessed. Thanks for the mini-info session too. I know a bit more than I did before 🙂

    I eat catfish regularly (it’s widely available in my area), but I usually use lemon to clean the fish. Your hot water method is the first I have seen, and I just might try it. And the palm oil? I bet the taste will be different. Pretty Simple recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  11. e__victor
    e__victor March 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    i need more fish in my diet unfortunately I would mess this up if I tried. Do you do delivery? lol

  12. NikkiSho February 26, 2012 at 4:59 am - Reply

    oh my it looks really good.

  13. Ms. Buki February 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    This looks too delicious! Mmmmmm!

  14. Myne Whitman February 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I love the popping color, looks great!

  15. rhapsody February 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Looks good, i don’t think i’ve ever had that.

    have a blessed weekend


  16. Sasa February 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Yay!! Let me know how you get on!

  17. 9jafoodie
    9jafoodie February 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    This looks super yum, I am making it tomorrow!

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