Nigerian Catfish Peppersoup

catfish peppersoup step-by-step recipe
Nigerian catfish peppersoup | Photo: Courtesy of Foodace

A flavoursome Nigerian catfish peppersoup. Peppersoup is a popular Nigerian delicacy, and also a prominent West African soup that is prepared using various meats, chili peppers and local ingredients to give native flavours. Let this Nigerian catfish peppersoup step-by-step recipe transport you to Nigeria. It’s a healthy fish dish packed with flavours so is sure to impress.


  • Fresh catfish (or white fish of your preference)
  • Nutmeg seeds
  • Habanero Pepper/Hot pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh mint leaves (bay leaf, basil chopped)
  • 1 fresh tomato
  • Large onion, sliced
  • Minced ginger and garlic
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • Bouillon cubes (Maggi or Knorr)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 big stock cubes

Tip: feel free to use local spices of your choice, if desired.


  1. Get the fish ready; wash and clean fish with salt and warm water to get all the slime out. Cut into sizable chunks and put in a cooking pot.
  2. Pour water just cover the fish, add seasoning cubes and bring to the boil.
  3. Roughly blend tomato, pepper with some of the onion, add ginger and garlic.
  4. Once it starts to boil add the blended ingredients, onion, and the mint leaves and continue cooking.
  5. Add salt, adjust seasonings to taste, thickness of soup with water and spices. Remove bay leaf.
  6. Serve hot with plain rice, boiled plantains, boiled white or boiled yam. It can be eaten alone with your favourite drink (alcohol or nonalcoholic).
  7. Enjoy!

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