Simple Shrimp Shell Broth

The next time you have a bunch of shrimp shells leftover DO NOT toss them! This simple shrimp shell stock is made from leftover shrimp shells and adds flavor to soups, risotto and pretty much anything!

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Yield: About 6 cups

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Shells from 1 pound shrimp (frozen or fresh shells)
  • I small yellow onion and quartered
  • 1 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: Add your favorite seasonings


  1. Pour olive oil into a pot over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp shells, thyme, garlic, bay leaf and any additional seasoning (if desired). Let the mixture sauté 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add 7 cups of water and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve. Use immediately or Let cool completely before refrigerating/freezing

***Refrigerate the stock for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months

Need a shrimp recipe? Try my Bbq shrimp recipe HERE


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