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This homemade Seafood Stock is made with leftover crab, lobster, or shrimp shells, and is the perfect way to boost the flavor of seafood stews and soups.
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Seafood Stock

This homemade Seafood Stock is made with leftover crab, lobster, or shrimp shells, and is the perfect way to boost the flavor of seafood stews and soups.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 73kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, unpeeled and diced
  • 1 lb shellfish shells (crab, lobster, or shrimp), amount approximate Weight refers to the seafood's weight before the shells were removed.
  • 2 carrots, unpeeled and roughly diced
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 head garlic, unpeeled, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • cup tomato paste OR ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 TB sea salt
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs basil

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat.  Sauté onions, carrots, celery, and seafood shells for 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic, and saute 2 more minutes.  Reduce heat to medium, cover pan, cook 10 minutes.
    Cook the Vegetables + Shells
  • Add 6 cups of water and all remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
    Add Water + Simmer Broth
  • Strain broth through a mesh sieve.  Discard the leftover shells and vegetables.  You should be left with approximately 1 quart broth.  (If you've got less than 1 quart, you can add a little water or white wine.)
    Shrimp Stock in a Measuring Cup
  • Use broth right away, refrigerate and use within 3-4 days, or freeze broth in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
    Shrimp Stock in a Freezer Bag

Notes

Yields approximately 1 quart.  Recipe easily doubles or triples. 
Note: For a much clearer broth, avoid bringing broth to a boil, and extend the simmer time to 3 hours.
Nutrition information does not include vegetables, because they are discarded and not consumed.

Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1918mg | Potassium: 242mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.7mg