Easy fish stock (Brodo di Pesce)

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Makes2 litres
Time 01 Hour 45 Minutes
  • 1 kg fish bones and fish heads for stock (ask your local fishmonger) – you can also use prawn heads or lobster shells
  • heads or lobster shells 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley stalks
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 100ml white wine
  • 3L cold water
  • Sea salt

How to Make It
Step 1

Rinse the fish bones under cold running water.

Step 2

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the carrot and celery. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until the onion and leek are soft. Add the fish bones and heads, bay leaf, parsley and peppercorns and cook for 2-3 minutes, then pour over the white wine. Cook for 2 minutes then add the water and salt to taste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1.5 hours.

Step 3

Remove from the heat. Strain the fish stock through a fine sieve into a bowl, using the back of the ladle to extract as much flavour as possible. If not used within 1 hour, refrigerate the fish stock.

Step 4

Use fish stock in your favourite Italian dish. We recommend you try Cacciucco alla Livornese (Livorno-style fish stew) or Risotto ‘alla Pescatora’ (Fisherman-style risotto with seafood) – buon appetito.

Fish stock (brodo di pesce) can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. I also like to prepare it in advance and freeze in 500ml portions for up to 2 months. They can then be defrosted and used as needed.

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