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!!




homemade fish stock

Easy Homemade Fish Stock Recipe

This fish stock is both flavorful and healthy.
5 from 1 vote
Course Soup
Cuisine American


  • 3 fish carcasses except gills and guts, including heads of non-oily fish such as Snapper, Flounder, or Tilapia
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup yellow onions
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • ½ cup good white wine
  • Kosher salt
  • tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 quarts water


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


NOTE: For this recipe 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 clearer broth, leave that out.
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  1. Mike Beard says:

    love seeing you on sporting chef. and i enjoyed the email newsletter and recipes.
    How about a recipe for fish soup from the stock.
    i live in Baytown texas on the Gulf Coast about 20 minutes from the water and i fish a lot. I need to start keeping my fish remains.
    I used to fish with a Hispanic buddy of mine and we would save the fish remains and she would make the best soup ever. Unfortunately she passed away before i got the recipe. Have you got one?

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