Spicy Seafood Soup

I fell in love with Nigerian fish pepper soup and made my own variety of fish soup using everyday foods from the local grocer.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
4 bowls


  • 1 pound catfish fillets

  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels

  • 1 head bok choy, leaves and stalks separated

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 serrano pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Season catfish and shrimp with garlic powder, paprika, Cajun seasoning, and curry powder; set aside in a bowl.

  2. Heat a 6-quart pot over medium heat for 2 minutes; add olive oil. Add corn, bok choy, onion, bell pepper, serrano pepper, and garlic. Stir-fry until onion becomes tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

  3. Add catfish and shrimp to the soup. Cover and cook until flesh is opaque, 6 to 7 minutes more. Garnish soup with cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Instead of seafood, you can substitute chicken or just make it a veggie soup. The base is still delicious.

Eliminate the serrano pepper seeds if you want to avoid it being too spicy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
12g Fat
14g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 225mg 75%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 80mg 402%
Calcium 202mg 16%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1084mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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