When my children were young, we camped most weekends in the summer. Saturday night was usually 'catfish night' with fish straight from the lake into the pot or pan. This was a real quickie favorite.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the bacon in a Dutch oven or a large pot with a lid; cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Reserving the drippings in the skillet, remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

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  • Put the onions in the pot; cover and allow to cook about 5 minutes. Stir the tomatoes, tomato sauce, 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.

Nutrition Facts

627 calories; protein 43.8g 88% DV; carbohydrates 38.7g 13% DV; fat 33.1g 51% DV; cholesterol 127.9mg 43% DV; sodium 1073.1mg 43% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
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 FoodNetwork.com) 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. Read More
(15)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
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 FoodNetwork.com) 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. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2009
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. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2009
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. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2010
This Stew was alright. It tasted like more of a tomato soup. Very ordinary I might make it again but tweek it by adding broth instead of so many tomatos/tomato sauce. Also other reviewers suggested upping the time for the potatos which I did. It ended up simmering for 1 hr. 20 mins. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
Excellent dish. I cooked the sauce with the potatoes for over an hour so they became soft. Then I added the catfish and let it cook for another hour on Med-Low heat covered. I also added Tony Chachere's and crushed red pepper along with the Tabasco. I like spicy foods so add or subtract spices to meet your tastes. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2016
This was very good. I did substituted haddock for the cat fish. I added a little dirty rice and artichoke hearts. I used Rotel hot diced tomatoes and a can of regular diced tomatoes omitted the hot sauce. all I can say is Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2020
Excellent! Tasted great! I added corn, okra, and celery. Great with rice or cornbread. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2020
This was my first attempt at catfish stew. I grew up eating it but no one ever had an actual recipe to give me. My sons and husband loved it. I'm not a big fish person but they said it was great. The only change I made was adding some beef broth to it because of how thick it was. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2015
This was absolutely delicious!!! Read More