Catfish Peppersoup

Catfish Peppersoup
catfish peppersoup, peppersoup, nigerian peppersoup

look at that delish fish!

Catfish! catfish catfish!!!

A few days ago, I went to the Asian market by my house to get some fresh herbs for my pesto sauce that i needed to make for some salmon. I saw LIVE catfish and immediately decided I needed to make catfish pepper soup. The last time I ate catfish pepper soup was in Lagos last summer. My friend took my to this “point and kill joint” somewhere in Ikeja. We sat outside on plastic chairs and I had one of the best tasting fish dishes of my entire life! It was so good, I ordered a second one to take home and have the next day! (sigh I miss LAGOS!!!) Once I got home. I tried so hard to recreate the taste of the fish I had that night and might I say I did a mighty good job? 😀 This was definitely the best pepper soup I have made and I am “sorta” known for my pepper soup skills!

This is also an amazing meal to start your dinner with on Valentines day! Cook this peppersoup for him/her and you will sett he mood for a HOT evening! Nigerian pepper soup is a protein of choice, cooked in broth, with local spices and herbs used for seasoning. It is especially good for the cold nights we have been having recently! Hope you enjoy. recipe after the jump.

Catfish peppersoup

Serves 2
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Appetizer
Nigerian catfish peppersoup. how to make catfish peppersoup


  • 1 catfish (cleaned and cut into 3/4 peices)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cube maggi/knorr
  • 1 habenero pepper (diced thin)
  • 1 Small onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon peppersoup spice (found at local market/ african market abroad)
  • 1 Small uyayak pod (This is the akwaibom name..I don't know what else it is called :()
  • salt to taste


Step 1 Soak the fish in a bowl of cold water with salt for 5 minutes before cooking. This will make the fish not fall apart.
Step 2 in a pot, on medium heat. add the fish and add 3 cups of water.
Step 3 add, salt, seasoning cube, habeneros, onions and boil with the fish for 8 minutes.
Step 4 Stir carefully. Add pepper soup spice and uyayak pod and a handful of efirin/basil leaves. Taste for salt. Add more if needed.
Step 5 Boil for 5 more minutes and the fish is ready. Serve with a baguette.

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  2. Annabelle Says: May 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Pls what did you add to get this colour? I followed your step and still didn’t get this colour. Although I didn’t add the Uyayak pod. Could it be the cause?

    • I just used this exact process. Maybe one of your spices was not fresh? or maybe my pepper is more pigmented.

  3. where can one buy uyayak pod in joburg (gauteng province

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