Shrimp Stock (2 Methods)

"Great for Gumbos, Thai soups, seafood bisque... The fish heads have lots of flavor but if you can't handle it just use the shells from the body, you'll just have to use twice or triple the shrimp shells. I collect my shells and freeze till I have enough to make stock with.Go ahead and use crab and lobster shells if you want."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
3 quarts




  • Rinse the shrimp heads and shells under cold water, and place them in a stockpot with the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly, strain and refrigerate or freeze.
  • Alternative method:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on stock pot. Add veggies and shells and caramelize about 5 minutes add remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 45-60 minutes.

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  1. PatMe
    This is FANTASTIC. I have made this twice now, using saved up shrimp and lobster shells (about 2 gallon sized freezer bags full). Followed the rest of the recipe exactly except omitting fresh parsley (used 2 Tbs dried instead). This is great for any type of fish soup or stew. Makes a ton - so I freeze much of it for use later (just filling up the freezer space from the shells I used!!). Thanks Rita for a fantastic recipe!! (I have used this with your bouillabaisse recipe #190012.)
  2. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    Wonderful! I made this with two gallon bags of shrimp shells saved over a few months. Didn't have a leek so added an extra onion. Also added a half cup of Chardonnay at the end. Brilliant recipe!
  3. adopt a greyhound
    Great stock. Mine didn't look as good as Rita's but have some leftover in the freezer for future use. Used this for Recipe #200408 with great success.
  4. Sherry H.
    This may not sound appetizing to some of you but, when we make stock we squeeze the juice from the heads into the pot with the shells. The first time my friend told me to do it I thought I would never eat the stock. But when I tasted it, was very good.
  5. tiffany k
    This is very useful. I used some for thai noodles for lunch, and froze the rest in small compartments to use for cooking. Thank you for sharing!



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