Mike's Bait Shop's Turtle Stew


Southern turtle stew made with potatoes and onions. Much like a clam chowder. Good, hearty and filling. Turkey may be used in place of chicken.

Prep Time:
2 hrs
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs
7 - 1/2 gallons


  • 10 pounds turtle meat, without bones

  • 8 pounds chicken meat with bones

  • 8 pounds boneless pork roast

  • 10 large onions, chopped

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 6 pounds potatoes - peeled and cubed

  • 2 cups butter

  • 2 quarts half-and-half cream

  • 2 gallons milk


  1. Place the turtle, chicken and pork meat into separate pots with enough water to cover the meat. Bring each one to a boil, and cook until tender. Discard the water from the turtle and pork, but save the chicken stock. Debone all of the meat, tear or cut into bite-size pieces, and set aside.

  2. In a very large stockpot, combine the three meats, onion and reserved chicken stock. Bring to a boil, and cook until the onions are tender, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Potatoes can be prepared during this time.

  3. Add the potatoes and butter to the stockpot, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are not quite cooked through. Reduce heat to low, and let the soup simmer down. Stir in the half and half cream and milk. Bring the soup to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes. Be careful not to curdle the dairy by getting it too hot. Serve soup hot with crackers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 120
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 158mg 12%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 502mg 11%

* 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.