Bouillabaisse Fish Broth

Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds cleaned fish bones and heads, lobster bodies and/or shrimp shells
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 large leek, split and washed
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 small fresh fennel bulb, greens only or 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can plum tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 quarts fish stock
  • 2 quarts water
Directions

Wash the fish bones well in cold, clean water to remove impurities. Split the lobster shells and clean by removing the light green tomalley (liver) in the body cavity and the feathery gills at the head section. Save the peeling from fresh cooked or raw shrimp. Discard the digestive tract, but save the heads if any. In a large stock pot heat olive oil and fish bones, lobster shells and shrimp shells. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes to give broth a rich flavor. Meanwhile, put the vegetables in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse to finely chop. Add the vegetables to the stock pot and saute them along with the fish bones for 15 minutes to sweat and caramelize the vegetables. Add the tomato, saffron and other herbs and seasonings and continue to saute for 10 minutes. Stir to ensure that nothing burns or sticks to the bottom of the pan. Add the white wine and reduce by half. Add the fish stock and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook 1 1/2 hours. Skim a foamy particles that rise to the surface during cooking. Drain through cheesecloth lined sieve and cool in an ice bath.


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