Homemade Shrimp Stock Recipe (+ VIDEO)

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One of the worst things that can happen to a traditional cook is to plan a wonderful dinner menu only to open the freezer and discover (gasp!) there is no stock available to make the soup or sauce! This has happened to me more times than I care to count. The thought of resorting to stock in a can or carton in a pinch, however, just makes me cringe. Fortunately, even if it’s 4pm and you have no stock in the house, you can still continue with dinner as planned because shrimp stock can be made in only 30 minutes.

Shrimp stock also called shrimp broth is not only fast, it is amazingly flavorful and as you can see from the photo, it is a very rich orange-pink color as well. In fact, the batch I made shown in the photo is the exact color of fresh squeezed guava juice!

If making fish stock has not been something you’ve been able to bring yourself to try, start with shrimp broth as it is a more agreeable task to many. Lobster stock is another delicious option.

In addition, sourcing wild shrimp with the heads on is easier in some locations than non-oily fish heads for fish stock. It can be easier than sourcing bonito flakes for a basic bonito broth recipe too.

Whatever you do, skip the farmed shrimp and pay extra for the truly wild ones.  The conditions farmed shrimp are raised in is nothing short of horrific in many instances and much of farmed shrimp comes from third world countries with little to no regulations of any kind.

* For Cajun cuisine lovers, feel free to substitute crawfish for the shrimp as desired.

Homemade Shrimp Broth (Stock) Video Tutorial

The video below shows you how fast and easy it really is to make shrimp stock!

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Nourishing Shrimp Stock Recipe

Shrimp stock is a beautiful pink color and loaded with nutrition as a base for gumbos and chowders. It is faster to make than fish stock too.

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 quart
Author Sarah


  • 1 pound shrimp heads on, preferably wild
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 carrot chopped, preferably organic
  • chopped organic veggies of choice optional


  1. Remove heads, shells, and tails and place in a 1 gallon pot.   Add 1 quart filtered water and chopped carrots.  Stir in vinegar of choice.

  2. Bring the pot to a boil on the stovetop, skimming off any white foam as it rises to the top.

  3. Once the stock is boiling, turn down to a very low simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes. The stock is ready as soon as it turns a rich pink color. You may simmer the stock longer to improve the flavor if desired - up to 3 hours.

  4. Strain the stock, cool and use immediately or store for several days in the refrigerator in a glass jar. Freeze what you will not use in a few days.

Recipe Notes

Crawfish may be substituted for the shrimp.

Homemade apple cider vinegar or commercial ACV packaged in glass bottles may be substituted for the white wine vinegar.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

More Information on Stocks and Broth

My Youtube playlist of over ten videos on all aspects of making stock and bone broth

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The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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