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Old 10-13-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
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ISO a TNT Catfish Stew

I was wondering if anyone had a really good recipe for a cajun or southern catfish stew?

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Old 10-13-2005, 07:45 PM   #2
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Here's my recipe for fish head stew - with a little tweaking, you could turn this into catfish stew -



1 large fish head and frame (snapper, grouper, salmon)*
1 chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 bay leaves

Place all in a pot, add water to cover, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Strain liquid from stock into a large bowl. Discard vegetables. Pick the meat from the fish head and frame and save in a bowl.


1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, diced
each red and green bell pepper, diced
2 parsnips, diced
about 5-6 parsley stalks
4 tablespoons oil

In a large pot on medium high, heat the oil and sautee all the above till soft.


3 medium potatoes, diced into about inch cubes
About a gallon of the fish stock
1 large can peeled or diced tomatoes
1 cup V-8 juice
3 tablespoons salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less to your liking)
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. celery seed
2 tablespoons worchestershire sauce

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about an hour.


The saved fish meat
1 can chopped clams*
8-9 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, cut in thirds*

Add some chopped parsley at the end for garnish.

Tweaking - Omit the stock step, and use some bottled clam juice and/or chicken broth. You don't have to add the extra seafood if you don't want to.

Let the stock and veggies simmer for about an hour, then add the catfish cut up into bite size chunks, and simmer them for about 5 minutes til cooked through.
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Old 10-13-2005, 10:28 PM   #3
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How about making a Gumbo and substituting Catfish for the other meat? Cajun spice! Plenty of kick!
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:55 AM   #4
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Catfish Gumbo II

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cup beef broth
1 can (16 oz.) tomatoes
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen sliced okra
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
4 Mississippi farm-raised catfish fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes
Cooked rice

Heat oil in large stock pot. Saute celery, green pepper, onion and garlic. Add beef broth, tomatoes, okra, thyme, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, oregano and salt. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add catfish and continue simmering 15 minutes or until catfish flakes easily. Remove bay leaf. Serve over cooked rice, if desired.

Makes 10 servings
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