Forget about buying shrimp stock! It’s easy and cheaper to make your own at home. Save those heads and shells and turn them into a rich, flavorful stock to use in your favorite recipes.
Meat or seafood stock adds incredible flavor to soups, stews, and sauces. While it might be more convenient to use store-bought, making your own gives you better control of the sodium content to suit your personal taste or dietary preference.
The process is incredibly easy and more economical. Plus, it’s a great way to use vegetable scraps, meat and fish bones, or seafood shells that might otherwise go to waste.
What you’ll need
- Shrimp heads and shells- If your shrimp shells are not enough to make the stock, put them in a freezer bag or container and freeze until ready to use. Stored properly, they’ll keep for about 3 months.
- Vegetables – mirepoix is the aromatic flavor base made of onions, celery, and carrots. These vegetables are like the holy trinity in stock making.
- Use yellow onion in making this shrimp stock; the peels or skin of the onion help deepen the color of the stock giving it a beautiful golden color.
- For a clear, clean stock, skim the scum that floats on top as the stocks comes to its initial boil. This foam is coagulated protein and excess fat that can cloud the stock.
- After the initial boil, make sure to cook in a gentle simmer as the agitation from rapid or high heat might break up the protein and cloud the stock.
- Use a fine-mesh sieve or colander lined with a cheesecloth to strain any sediments and impurities.
How to store
- Store shrimp stock in a container with a tight-fitting and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.
- You also freeze the stock in ice cube trays for easier storage and thawing. Pour the stock into the ice cube tray and freeze. Once rock solid, pop out the cubes from the tray and transfer to resealable bags or freezer-safe container.