How To Clean Catfish
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Serves: 6
  • 1 cat fish with head inclusive
  • half of a lemon or lime
  • hot boiling water
  • salt
  1. Gut, cut, clean and rinse the cat fish; then place it into a bowl
  2. Bring some water to a roaring boil and pour it over the fish. Let it sit in the water for about 2 minutes. This will help the cat fish to stay intact when cooking and remove the slime. You should be able to see the slime come off the fish once in the hot water
  3. Drain the water from the fish and using a blunt knife, scrape the slime off the fish and rinse in cold water
  4. If using the head, make sure to split it long ways, pour in some hot water and salt then squeeze in some lime. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Drain; then using a blunt knife make sure to scrape off the slime and thoroughly wash the blood off the fish
  5. Once the fish is clean, use it with your favorite recipe
you could also use your fingers instead of a blunt knife to just rub the slime off after soaking it in hot water.
If you have a problem using the hot water as a process, try dipping the fish into the hot water and removing it promptly. Or you could use the alum method to wash off the slime. soak alum and fish in some warm water and wash gently with your hands.
You could try the use of ash and a sponge too
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at