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Fish stock

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
1.2 litres/2 pints
From Taste of the Sea


  1. Place the fish bones in the water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, then pass through a strainer lined with muslin.

  2. Return the stock to the pan and add the vegetables. Bring to the boil and simmer again for 45 minutes. Strain again, then use or store. You can store stock in a covered container in the fridge for up to four days. You can keep it indefinitely if you re-boil it every four days or so. Otherwise, store it in small quantities in the freezer.


  • 1.5kg/3lb fish bones, including heads
  • 1.75l/3pt water
  • a handful of fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, including the leafy top, sliced

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