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Basic Shrimp Stock

This shrimp stock recipe from chef John Besh of August is used to make his Slow-Cooked Louisiana Shrimp and Grits. Serve with his Mirliton Salad for a dinner that is guaranteed to please.

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 pound shrimp shells (from 10 pounds shrimp)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add shrimp shells and cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add onion, celery, carrot, leek, and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add 12 cups water, bay leaf, and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until reduced by half.

  3. Strain stock, discarding solids; let cool to room temperature. Stock may be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container and kept refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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