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Homemade Fish Stock

If you have a fisherman in the family, use the carcasses and heads to make a delicious and nutritious homemade fish stock. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish stock
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 3 or 4 non-oily fish carcasses including the heads
  • 2 whole onions including the skin (cut out the root end)
  • 2 whole carrots
  • leaves from a bunch of celery
  • several sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • about 3 quarts water


  • Add all of the ingredients to a crock pot and simmer on high for approximately 4 hours.
  • Strain.
  • The stock may be frozen for future use in dishes such as creole, soup, chowder, or paella.