Catfish and Crab Stew


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Appears in

Taste the State: Signature Foods of South Carolina and Their Stories

Taste the State

By Kevin Mitchell and David S. Shields

Published 2021

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When I created my own version of catfish stew for a live demonstration, I chose a healthier preparation, using olive oil instead of bacon or butter. My contemporary interpretation is a red, tomato-based version, but I use fresh tomatoes and add okra, corn (which is traditional in white catfish stew), and crab.


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup


Heat ½ cup of the olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper and sauté them until the onion begins to get tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté the vegetables for an additional 2 minutes. Add the okra and sauté for approximately 35 minutes. Add corn and