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Old 03-02-2007, 09:29 AM   #1
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ISO fish stock recipe

I would like to make boullabaise. I've googled some recipes for fish stock, but wondered if anyone here would care to share their fish stock recipe?

So far, I think I might use these items in the stock:

fish scraps (heads, bones, tails)
water
onion
celery
bay leaf
peppercorn
parsley
lemon

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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well that's about it...now simmer for an hour and skim the crud off the top, and strain thru cheese cloth. If you find it a bit bland, a little salt, and perhaps a bottle of clam juice. If you have some shrimp shells (gray, uncooked) you can add them in too)

a thought...as boullabaise has orange rind, easy on the lemmon in your stock.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:19 AM   #3
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Miss Amber...

For each 1 lb of bones, heads etc. 1 quart of liquid.(A mixture of water and white wine) In the items you mentioned...I would omit the lemon. I would add maybe a little thyme, and maybe leeks (not so much onion as they can be strong at times.. dominating even) and a bit of sea salt..not to much. You can adjust seasonings later. Hope this helps and

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:48 AM   #4
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I like a good toss of Thyme too....

You can also a cube or two of the commercial fish stock.
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:06 PM   #5
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As far as your fish scraps, just make sure of the following:

1) That they come from non-oily white fish only - no bluefish, mackerel, salmon, etc.

2) That the gills are cut out of the fish heads, & that there are no entrails in/on any of the scraps (they can produce a rather unpleasant bitter taste in the stock).
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Old 03-02-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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I would not add any herbs to a stock. It will possibly limit its use.
For my "fish" stock, I use shrimp shells--brown them just a bit and then simmer.
And what breezy said is REAL important!!
I also don't think long simmering is needed--half an hour.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:07 PM   #7
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Like Cando, I also use prawn shells as they give a more pleasant taste to the soup. If available, small rock fish would also be ideal for your stock.
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Old 03-03-2007, 03:34 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the help! I found out that my grocery store does not have any fish parts (head, etc). I did however, find a container of ready made fish stock. Guess I'll just have to doctor it up a bit with all the ingredients I was going to use.
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Old 03-03-2007, 03:40 PM   #9
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what I Can offer, is that when making your own, don`t cook for too long or too hot as it WILL spoil and go nasty.

it`s not much, but certainly worth remembering :)
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