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Chock-full of lima beans, corn, and chunks of catfish, this Creole-seasoned stew is a Southern delight. The heat level is moderate, but you can increase the spiciness by adding more Tabasco sauce or a bit of cayenne pepper.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme, oregano, mustard, Tabasco sauce, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Add the wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 4 minutes.

Step 2

Add the tomatoes and broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Add the lima beans and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the corn and simmer 4 minutes more. Add the catfish and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, bring back to a simmer, and cook until just done, about 2 minutes. Serve topped with the parsley.

Step 3

Fish Alternatives: Catfish has a firm texture all its own, but you can easily substitute moderately firm, white-fleshed fillets such as rockfish, grouper, pollack, and striped bass.

Step 4

Wine Recommendation: A light white wine, such as a pinot gris from Oregon or a seyval blanc from the eastern United States, will provide a refreshing counterpoint to the full flavor of the stew.

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