To be used in a wide variety of seafood dishes. Use only light-flavored fish. It can be frozen in small quantities for ease of use.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins
55 mins
5 -6 cups


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Wash fish in cold water and drain well.

  • Melt butter in a pan over low heat. Add leeks, carrot, and celery; cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add fish parts, wine, and water and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Skim and discard residue. Add bouquet garni, peppercorns, and lemon; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes; skim and discard residue frequently.

  • Strain stock into a bowl through a colander lined with cheesecloth. Allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Cook's Notes:

Try using red wine in place of white, if you prefer.

To make your own bouquet garni, tie together 2 thyme sprigs, 2 pieces of green leek leaves, 2 sprigs of parsley, 1 celery leaf, and 1 bay leaf using kitchen twine.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 26.3g; carbohydrates 8.9g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 6.1mg; sodium 23.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
Leeks are hit and miss at my local grocery store and miss they were. I live 10 miles from the next town so I chose to use the whites of green onions instead. That was the only change I made and I actually liked the stronger onion flavor. This is a good broth with mild fish flavor and one worth hanging on to fish parts when you are dealing with whole fish. I do think you could double the cook time with better results. The peppercorns had just barely softened and the remaining fish on the bones still clung to the bones making me think longer cook time would have yielded more flavor. Read More