close
Advertisement
Shop Now
Magazine

Fish Stock

An elegant base for seafood soups and stews, this delicately flavoured stock can also be used as a poaching liquid for whole fish. Be careful not to overcook fish stock; too much cooking destroys the complex flavour and can give it a bitter edge. After making the stock, use the cooked fish in salads or a fish pie.

Fish Stock
Shutterstock

Ingredients

  • 700 g whole white-fleshed fish, such as cod, snapper or haddock, cleaned and scaled
  • 1–2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) white wine, or the juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

Preparation

  1. Cut off the fish head, slit open the fish and remove the bones. In a large saucepan, combine the fish fillets, head and bones. Add the remaining ingredients and 6–8 cups (1.5–2 litres) water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium–high heat, using a slotted spoon to skim off any fat or scum that rises to the surface.
  2. Reduce the heat to very low and barely simmer the stock, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, until the fish fillets are just cooked. Using a slotted spoon, lift out the fish fillets and set aside to drain.
  3. Simmer the stock for a further 15 minutes.
  4. Line a fine sieve with muslin (cheesecloth) and set it over a large bowl. Slowly pour the stock through the sieve; discard the solids. Let the stock cool to room temperature. Pour the stock into serving-sized, airtight containers; cover, label and date. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Makes 6 cups (1.5 litres)
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: about 30 minutes


More Recipes

14 Chrissie Bikkie Baking Hacks

14 Chrissie Bikkie Baking Hacks

Between shopping for gifts and entertaining guests, the most wonderful time of the year can get pretty stressful.
The 11 Crazy Pizza Toppings That Are Actually Delicious

The 11 Crazy Pizza Toppings That Are Actually Delicious

Sure, you've been eating your pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, and mushrooms for years, but that's child's play compared to the craziest new pizza toppings out there.

Seven Steps For a GI Diet

Follow these seven simple steps for staying on a low GI health diet.
Thai coconut rice with seafood

Thai coconut rice with seafood

This aromatic seafood and rice dish, combining the classic Thai flavourings of coconut, lime and ginger, makes a very tempting lunch. Thai jasmine rice is a naturally fragrant rice with a great texture - if you do not have any, basmati rice makes a good substitute.
Vietnamese tofu and noodle salad

Vietnamese tofu and noodle salad

An exciting layered salad combines crisp vegetables flavoured with fresh herbs, noodles and marinated grilled tofu. The tofu is best prepared several hours in advance as longer marinating will enhance the delicious flavour.
Advertisement