How To Make Catfish Stew

As the months start to fade to fall, there are three things I look forward to. College Football, cooler weather, and soups and stews. Nothing warms you up like a nice pot of soup or a stew. I have many favorites that I like to make, but one of them has to be Catfish Stew. Considered by many as a South Carolina Traditional dish, Catfish stew combines tomatoes, bacon, potatoes, and Catfish filets to make a hearty and filling stew. Come along as I so you how to make catfish stew, South Carolina Style.

Catfish Stew

Catfish stew is a hearty and filling stew that combines Catfish fillets, potatoes, tomatoes, and bacon. It originated in South Carolina and is loved by many in this local region. This recipe will show you how to make catfish stew.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings 10 People


  • 2 lbs Catfish Fillets
  • 1 lb Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 2-3 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2-3 ribs Celery
  • 8 Potatoes Diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cans Diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil or canola
  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1 Can Tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce Texas Pete or Franks Red Hot is what I prefer
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Dice up the onion, mince garlic, cut up celery, and cut potatoes in nice even pieces. Set potatoes aside in a separate bowl. You can combine the other vegetables if you like.
  • Cut up bacon into small pieces
  • Add oil to a large stockpot and cut on high heat
  • Add in bacon and cook until fat is rendered and pieces get crispy
  • Add in celery, onions, and Garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.
  • Add in tomatoes with the juice and the can of tomato paste.
  • Add in the water then the potatoes.
  • Add in Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt/pepper.
  • Bring up to a boil then cut down on low heat.
  • Add in the catfish filets. Stir occasionally to break up the pieces of filets and to keep stew from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Simmer for at least an hour. I like to cook mine for 2-3 hours. Once the vegetables get to the desired tenderness, you can serve it. I like mine once the potatoes start to fall apart. This helps to thicken the stew. Enjoy!


I like to cook my stew until the potatoes start to fall apart. Normally 2-3 hours simmer on low heat. If you do not like your potatoes like this you can cook it for about an hour and it will still be great. The potatoes help to thicken it up a bit once they start to fall apart.
Keyword Catfish Stew

2 thoughts on “How To Make Catfish Stew

  1. Reply
    Jim Taylor - June 25, 2021

    Good recipe Add onions to the Ingredients list

    1. Reply
      Southern Food Junkie - October 5, 2021

      Thanks, I will get that added.

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