World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Fish stock (food)

Article Id: WHEBN0035859567
Reproduction Date:

Title: Fish stock (food)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Fish soup, Crappit heid, Seafood, François Massialot, Banmian
Collection: Food Ingredients, Seafood, Umami Enhancers
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Fish stock (food)

Pouring fish stock on a stuffed fish

Fish stock forms the basis of many dishes, particularly fish soups and sauces. In the West, it is usually made with fish bones and fish heads and finely chopped mirepoix. This fish stock should be cooked for 20-25 minutes—cooking any longer spoils the flavour. Concentrated fish stock is called "fish fumet."

In Japan, a fish and kelp stock called dashi is made by briefly (3–5 minutes) cooking skipjack tuna (bonito) flakes called katsuobushi in nearly boiling water. Other Japanese fish stock is made from fish that have been fried and boiled for several hours, creating a white milky broth. This has a rich feel and sweet umami taste.

Stock can also be made using other seafoods. For example, prawn stock made from simmering prawn shells is used in Southeast Asian dishes such as laksa.


  • Uses 1
  • Preparing stock 2
  • Stock versus broth 3


Various stock cubes. Starting with the nearest at the bottom, counter clockwise: ordinary stock cube (Maggi), large stock cube (Maggi), fish stock cube (Knorr Spain), bouillon (Maggi), organic vegetable bouillon (Rapunzel).

Fish stock forms the basis of many dishes, particularly soups and sauces. A fish consommé is a type of clear soup made from richly flavored fish stock that has been clarified usually through a fining process involving egg protein. Fish consommés usually have too little natural gelatin, so the fish stock may be double-cooked or supplemented. Since fish gelatin melts at a lower temperature than gelatins of other meats, fish aspic is more delicate and melts more readily in the mouth. Dehydrated stock can be formed into small cubes (pictured at right) called stock cubes.

Preparing stock

A few basic rules are commonly prescribed for preparing stock:

  • The stock ingredients are simmered starting with cold water.
  • Stocks are simmered gently, with bubbles just breaking the surface, and not boiled. If a stock is boiled, it will be cloudy.
  • Salt is usually not added to a stock, as this causes it to become too salty, since most stocks are reduced to make soups and sauces.
  • The fish is added to a stock before vegetables, and the "scum" that rises to the surface is skimmed off before further ingredients are added.
  • If the cook wants to remove the fat after the stock is finished, it can be cooled in a refrigerator. The fat then floats and separates into solid globs or into a sheet like ice on a lake, and can be removed with ease.
  • Stocks can be frozen and kept indefinitely but are better fresh.

Stock versus broth

Fish broth can also used as the basis for fish soups and sauces. The difference between fish stock and fish broth varies in different parts of the world. Broadly, stock is the thin liquid produced by simmering the raw

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.