Old Timey Fish Stew

Old Timey Fish Stew Recipe

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Penny Hawkins


I don't know where this recipe orginated, but I do know that my daddy used to make it outside in a great big cast iron pot outside on a fire.

We grew up eating this and my mother would make it the same way as Daddy did. And she couldn't really cook! lol!

Hope y'all enjoy it!


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30 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    smokey bacon, low salt
  • 5 lb
    peeled and diced potatoes, red or white, is fine
  • 1 pkg
    large eggs, a dozen preferable
  • 2 large
    yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 5 pound pkg
    fresh or frozen fish fillets, if you have fresh,by all means use them
  • ·
    hot sauce to taste
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large
    cans tomato paste

How to Make Old Timey Fish Stew


  1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until done, remove to plate, keep warm.
  2. Add onions, cook until soft about 5 minutes.
  3. Crumble up your bacon,and return to the pot, add potatoes, fish fillets, and enough water to cover.
  4. Cook over medium heat until potatoes and fish are almost done.
  5. Add the 2 cans of tomato paste and stir well. Be careful not to stir the stew too much or else the fish will break apart. Lower the heat to a simmer.
  6. Add hot sauce to taste or to your liking. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Crack the eggs whole one at a time into the stew,let them poach. Be careful as you stir them. Let the eggs cook until they are firm. Taste your broth and adjust your seasonings if needed.
  8. Turn off the heat. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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About Old Timey Fish Stew

Course/Dish: Fish Seafood
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Healthy Heirloom

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