Homemade Fortified Fish Broth Recipe

Chef Dan Catanio , On July 12, 2023


Fortified Fish Broth Recipe Overview

In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through the process of making a delicious, fortified fish broth at home. This recipe will help you create a flavorful base for various seafood dishes such as seafood risotto or a seafood stew. Let’s get started!

Fortified Definition: Fortified means I am adding other flavors into my fish broth. In this fish broth recipe I am fortifying with a seasoning mix and other flavors….

Fortified Fish Broth Recipe Video

In this video I show you every step of how I make a fortified fish broth. Follow along with me at home or, if you prefer, see the written step-by-step instructions below.

Fortified Fish Broth Recipe Ingredients

Fortified Fish Broth Ingredients

  • Salmon head

  • Water (enough to cover the fish heads)

  • 1 cup seafood stock

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable base or roasted vegetable paste

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian herbs

  • 4-5 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium seasoning mix (e.g., Mrs. Dash)

Fortified Fish Broth Recipe Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare fish heads. In this case, we placed salmon heads in a large pot after removing excess liquid.


    Prepare the Fish Heads

  2. Turn on the flame and place the pot with the salmon head on the stove. Add enough water to cover the fish heads completely.


    Add Enough Water to Completely Cover Fish Head

  3. Pour the seafood stock into the pot with the fish heads and add the vegetable base or roasted vegetable paste, around 2 teaspoons, for added flavor. This eliminates the need for chopping onions, carrots, and celery.


    Pour Seafood Stock into Pot

  4. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the fish broth.

  5. Add the fresh chopped Italian herbs and 4-5 bay leaves.


    Add Fresh Chopped Italian Herbs

  6. Sprinkle in approximately 1 tablespoon of a low-sodium seasoning mix.


    Add 1 Tablespoon of a Low-Sodium Seasoning Mix to the Fish Broth

  7. Allow the fish broth to come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 35-45 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.


    Allow for this Fish Broth to come to a Boil and then let it Cook for 35-45 Minutes.

  8. After simmering, strain the fish broth completely, removing any solids or impurities.


    Strain Fish Broth Completely.

There you have it! Follow these simple steps to create your own flavorful fortified fish broth at home. This broth can be used as a base for soups, stews, sauces, and more. Enjoy the rich, savory taste and elevate your seafood dishes to the next level. Also, depending on the dish you wish to create, take a look at our other broth recipes: beef broth, chicken broth, vegetable broth. Bon appétit!

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.