Save money, buy whole fish; then use the discarded parts for fish stock

One way to save money as prices rise at the supermarket is to buy whole fish and fillet them at home rather than buying more expensive fillets.

Filleting a fish was once intimidating but there are scores of videos online these days that can lead you through the process.

Once you’ve created the fillets, you have the head, tail and spinal column left over. If you just throw these out, there goes your savings from buying a whole fish. So why not make fish stock from them instead?

I did that recently with a salmon I bought at a local supermarket. I found this relatively simple recipe for fish stock using salmon on

You can use what veggies you find on sale, feel free to vary the recipe a bit. Also leave out the butter, using olive oil to saute the veggies works fine. I liked this recipe because it doesn’t have a lot of fat or salt in the ingredients it recommends. Remember to get the lowest sodium vegetable stock you can find too.

Here’s a short video taking you through all the steps, enjoy.


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