easy fisher man soup
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Nigerian
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Serves: 4-6
  • I whole cat fish; cleaned, gutted and cut into steaks(medium-large)
  • I medium to large Onion
  • crabs(optional)
  • Half a pound of shrimp
  • crayfish
  • palm oil about 40mls(add more if you want to)
  • 1 habanero pepper or ata-rodo
  • 1 finger cayenne or chili pepper
  • 1 bell pepper
  • A hand full of garri for thickening(make sure it is soaked)
  • salt to taste
  • Bouillon
  • 1 tsp dry pepper
  • A hand full of chopped basil or scent leaves
to clean fish steaks
  1. place fish steaks into a bowl and pour some boiling water to cover it. Leave for a few minutes and use a butter knife to scrape off the slimy exterior(I found this method to be absolutely helpful). I used to not like cat fish because of the slimy nature until my aunty taught me how to clean it. This process also helps to keep the fish from breaking easily
To cook soup
  1. put fish into a pot
  2. roughly or smoothly blend all your peppers and pour over fish(some people use tomatoes, I never do). Slice your onion into the pot. Add your dry pepper, palm oil and crayfish. Season with salt and bouillon. Pour hot water into the pot without flooding. Just right to the top of the fish then cover pot and on medium heat, bring soup to a boil. Let it cook for about 10 minutes Once the fish is almost done, check to see if the soup is thickened; then add your prawns. If the soup is still watery, add your soaked garri along with the prawns and shake the pot to combine. Do not cover the pot. Let the prawns cook until they have turned a good shade of pink. Your soup should be thickened at this point. Garnish with Basil or scent leaves and. Let soup rest for 10minutes before serving
  3. *Please do not stir the soup, so that you do not break the fish. Always shake the pot to combine the ingredients
If using crabs, add them right before you add the shrimp and let them cook for a few minutes.
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at https://www.nigerianlazychef.com/2015/03/fisherman-soup/