Catfish Pepper Soup (Point & Kill)

Catfish Pepper Soup (Point & Kill)

Catfish pepper soup is a delicious meal and one of the ultimate Nigerian comfort foods that is also very easy to prepare. It is famously called “point and kill” because of how the catfish is bought at local markets: you select your desired fish by pointing at it and it is killed and prepared for you.

I feel like these fish have the most difficult lives of all their counterparts because they keep swimming in the tank (or bowl, depending on how advanced your seller is) knowing that one day, they will get pointed at.

Then killed.

This is a sad life.

Well then, I hope you enjoy this quick and tasty meal 🙂

Catfish Pepper Soup (Point & Kill)
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
23 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
13 min
Total Time
23 min
  1. 1 catfish (cleaned and cut into 4-6 pieces)
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 1 small habanero pepper (chopped)
  4. 1/2 small onion (chopped)
  5. 1 seasoning cube
  6. 1 tablespoon pepper soup spice (can be found at a local market/ African market)
  7. 1 tablespoon ground crayfish
  8. 1 basil leaf
  9. Salt to taste
  1. Soak the fish in a bowl of cold water 3 minutes before cooking to prevent it from falling apart
  2. Then put fish in a pot over medium heat and add 3 cups of water
  3. Season with seasoning cube, salt, onions, pepper and crayfish. Boil for 10 minutes
  4. Add pepper soup spice. Boil for additional 3 minutes
  5. Serve immediately


  1. May 27, 2015 / 5:58 AM

    I usually go out to buy fish pepper soup, but from now on, I’m making it myself. With this recipe, it’s so simple and I can spice it to my liking. Thanks!

    • Tatashey
      June 1, 2015 / 8:56 PM

      Thanks Ian! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. April 8, 2018 / 10:00 PM

    Hello Tatashey. How are you. I am wondering if you are of the Yoruba family. My husband is Yoruba and I am looking for meals to make for him. I am very busy going to college and working but, am willing to make him some wonderful meals before getting going and when I get back home. I am Puerto Rican/Italian and my children are mixed African American, Blackfoot and Cherokee Indian as well as my race. I want to be able to cook my husbands foods that he remembers from Nigeria, we have now been married 5 years and counting. Thank you for this pepper soup recipe. I plan to make it now and I will let you know how I did.

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