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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!