Basic Seafood Stock

Soups & Stews

Recipe courtesy of Susan Ford

Makes 1 gallon

  • 4 or 5 gumbo crabs, cut in half
  • Shells from 2+ pounds of shrimp, heads included
  • 2 stalks of celery cut into 1” pieces, leafy tops included
  • 1 large onion, chunked
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 1 gallon of water

 Basic Seafood Stock

Basic Seafood Stock

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Combine everything in a large stock pot, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook 45 minutes, covered. Allow it to cool a bit, strain it and discard the solids - although some people put the crab claws back in the gumbo pot for interest. For a heartier stock, roast the shrimp shells at 375ºF for 20 minutes or so before boiling

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