Recipe courtesy of Tracy Byrd

Earl's Fish Stew

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 35 min


1 pound bacon, coarsely chopped

3 white onions, diced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 (10-ounce) can tomato soup

3/4 cup ketchup

3 pounds skinless, firm, white fish fillets, cut into large chunks

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste (recommended: Tabasco)

1 small jar pimentos, diced


  1. Fry bacon in a large skillet. As it begins to crisp, add the onion, celery and bell pepper. Cover and saute about 10 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, combine the tomato soup and ketchup and bring to a simmer. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Add to the soup along with the vegetables and bacon. Add diced pimentos. Add hot sauce, to taste. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.
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2 Reviews


This is a very Southern style fish stew just like my daddy used to make.  By the way, his name was Earl.  I watched him prepare this hundreds of times and this version is identical minus the pimentos which I believe will add a nice touch.  We South Carolinians prefer Catfish!  Serve over rice with Southern Cornbread!  You just can’t beat it!

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