Homemade Fish Stock


Courtesy of David Blackburn, Villa Hutton

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Homemade Fish Stock


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 1/2 pounds fresh whole white sea fish cleaned
  • 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, peeled and cut into eighths
  • 1/4 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 1/2 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canning salt
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/4 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1/4 cups chopped cilantro

Homemade Fish Stock Directions

  1. Cut off the tail and head of the fish, then cut the body lengthwise along the spine, exposing the bones.
  2. In a medium stockpot, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion, fennel and garlic with the salt and pepper until the onions are translucent—about 5 minutes. Beginning with the liquids, slowly add all of the other ingredients, then add the prepared fish (including the head and tail). Bring to a simmer. Cover and gently simmer for 2 hours.
  3. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Strain into another pot using a coarse sieve and discard the solids. Clean the original pot, then, using a fine sieve, strain the liquid back into the cooking pot, again discarding the solids. Stock is good for 4 days when refrigerated, or 1 year when canned.
  4. To can (may be done the following day, if stock is covered and refrigerated overnight): Bring the stock to a simmer for at least 20 minutes. Carefully ladle the stock into jars using the hot-pack method with 1 inch of head space, then process with a pressure canner for 25 minutes at 10 pounds for a weighted gauge or 11 pounds for a dial gauge. After processing, cool, label and store the jars.