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Easy Homemade Fish Stock Recipe

Easy Homemade Fish Stock Recipe

I just got done making my favorite Easy Homemade Fish Stock Recipe!!! It was so simple. The boys brought awesome snapper and grouper home from a surprise fishing trip. We were totally out of fish so I was delighted for their fishing adventure and my cooking adventures. I just have to share with you what I have found to be true about fish stock.

Stacy Harris' Boys: Howlett, Hampton, Hunter, and friend Zane holding up their catch!

Stacy Harris’ Boys: Howlett, Hampton, Hunter, and friend Zane holding up their catch!

A decade ago, I really wouldn’t have though about making my own homemade fish stock. It seemed too time consuming and having toddlers and pre-teens at that time (well, I guess I still do), I just didn’t think I wanted to waste time making it when I could easily just purchase it from the store and make the rest of my dish from homemade ingredients.

Fabulous Red Snapper

Fabulous Red Snapper

As I began to study the health benefits of homemade fish stock and began to see just how simple it was to make and luscious it was going to taste, I decided to give it a go. Much to my surprise, it was so FANTASTIC that I was ashamed to think that I had not attempted this simple task sooner. The taste of that stock alone convinced me that the stock in the box was not for my family or me ever again.

Perfect Filets

Perfect Filets

Most cultures would not even think of throwing away the bones of a carcass with using them first to produce velvety sauces or clear beautiful broth. The secret to French, Italian, and Chinese among other’s excellent food is the use of long simmering broths for the base of their dishes. The secret lies in boiling the liquid (preferably wine and water) with the bones and a few herbs and vegetables.

I have added water and wine to the fish and vegetables.

I have added water and wine to the fish and vegetables.

The health benefits are really quite great. Fish stock is quite mineral rich containing iodine, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulfur. Fish stock uses the entire carcass of the fish including the head which contains the thyroid gland. This helps to supply us with a natural thyroid hormone that nourishes our own thyroid gland.

Scott cleaning red snapper

Scott cleaning red snapper

I usually will make a big pot of fish soup the first day of making the stock and freeze the rest of the stock for later use. The stock should keep in the freezer for up to a year. Enjoy your stock and stay healthy!

This stock is almost ready to be strained! Yummy!!

This stock is almost ready to be strained! Yummy!!

Easy Homemade Fish Stock Recipe
Note: You may use any vegetables you have on hand. You can leave out the tomatoes if you like to make a more traditional fish stock. Sometimes parsley can leave your stock a little cloudy so if you want a more clear broth leave that out.
3 carcasses (except gills and guts), including heads of non-oily fish such as Snapper, Flounder, or Tilapia
2 tablespoons olive oil
carrots, unpeeled anchopped
3 tomatoes, halved
½ cups yellow onions
4 stalkcelerychopped
cloves garlic
5 sprigs fresh thyme
3 sprigs parsley
½ cup good whitwine
Kosher salt
1½ teaspoon freshlground blacpepper
quarts water
1.   Warm oil in stockpot. Add carrots, onions, and celery over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
2. Add fish carcasses, tomatoes, water, white wine, salt, pepper, thyme, and parsley to the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for about 3 hours.
3. Remove carcasses with tongs and strain the liquid. Use then or refrigerate and then freeze what you have left over. It will last in the refrigerator for a few days and in the freezer for a year.

 

 

One response to “Easy Homemade Fish Stock Recipe”

  1. […] During the past twenty years or so, I have found that people in general NEED something to look forward to in life and a few really great surprises from time to time. Last weekend a friend of Scott’s called up at ABOUT 9:30 p.m. and asked if Scott and the boys could go on a short fishing trip the next day. (Thanks Ryan and Brannon!!!) The kids LOVE the beach and they do not get to go very often so of course the answer was a resounding “YES.” I was excited to because we were about out of fish and I love fish soup made with homemade fish stock. […]

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