Pepper Soup(Ghana meets Nigeria)
Cuisine: Ghanian/Nigerian Fusion
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Serves: 6
  • 1.6pounds catfish(cleaned and gutted)
  • 1pound fresh prawns
  • 1lb mussels and seafood mix
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 small green bell pepper(optional)
  • 6 habanero peppers or ata-rodo(reduce or increase according to heat tolerance)
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 knob of ginger ie about an inch
  • 1 garlic clove(optional)
  • A handful of chopped Basil leaves or scent leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of dry grinded pepper
  • 1 Maggi crayfish. Any bouillon works
  • 1tablespoon of dry grinded crayfish
  • Uyayak pod
  • 1tbsp of utazi(optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 4 table spoons of pepper soup spice powder(add more if you wish
  • 1tbsp of vegetable oil(optional)
  1. to wash the seafood and prawns, place them into a bowl with salt water, cover and vigorously shake. Repeat three times' then drain
  2. In a bowl with the Cat fish pour in some boiling water and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Drain and with a butter knife, scrape off the slime from each piece of fish. Season with salt, the dry grinded pepper, the Maggi crayfish, the pepper soup spices and the grinded crayfish. Toss with the fish and let it marinate. Sit the Uyayak pod with the marinating fish and wait until the tomato puree is ready.
  3. In a pot of water, boil all the vegetables until really soft. Drain and puree with a hand held blender or in a regular blender while slightly covered(This keeps the steam from being trapped in the blender). Pour the blended mix into the pot with the cat fish and add some water to your taste. Adjust all the seasonings including the pepper soup powder. I like mine really light so I added enough water to that effect. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for another 10minutes. Add the Mussels, prawns and sea food mix. Bring to another boil, reduce the heat and cook for another 5 minutes. The mussels will open up. Discard anyone that does not open up as it means it not good. Check for seasonings, pour in the basil, oil and the utazi and set aside. You may drink it like that or eat with some rice balls, yam, plantain, potatoes or bread
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at