Fish Bone Broth: What You Need to Know

fish bone broth guide

While beef bone broth and chicken marrow of staples on many a paleo diet, fish bone broth hasn’t reached that level of popularity – yet. Still, a fish stock can offer similar health benefits to other meats while adding a little different flavor. The broth is lighter and crisp – allowing you to drink it straight from a cup or incorporate into some soups.


A Beginner’s Guide to Fish Bone Broth

fish bone brothIf you’re new to the bone broth game, then starting with some fish bones may be just what the doctor ordered. One of the major benefits of fish bone broth is how brittle and little the bones are. Instead of needing 24-48 hours to simmer in a crockpot, fish bones only require an hour or two.

Instead of waiting a day for the health benefits that come from bone broth, you can enjoy fish stock within an hour. This broth offers the same benefits like other meats, including:

  • Improved skin through high amounts of collagen
  • Fighting inflammation
  • Aiding in digestion
  • Reduced wrinkles
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Perfect for your joints

…And more!


Is There Fish Bone Marrow ?

While fish do produce bone marrow in their bodies, the process is not exactly the same as chicken or cows. As such, you may not get as much bone marrow in a fish bone broth as you could in a beef bone broth.

The Perfect Fish Bone Broth Recipe

Ready to make a tasty fish bone broth? Let’s get to it. This recipe only requires a few hours of cooking. You’ll be on your way to improved health before you know it. After trying out a few recipes, here’s the one we liked best:


  • Winner in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    Four pounds of fish bones, heads, and carcasses from non-oily fish

  • One tablespoon butter
  • Diced vegetables – carrots, onions, celery, etc.
  • Two ounces apple cider vinegar
  • One tablespoon peppercorn
  • Water
  • Bonus Option: Substitute 2 cups of water with a dry white wine.


  • Grab a large bowl and fill it with all the ingredients except water.
  • Then add water to all the bones and fish carcasses are covered.
  • Next, turn the oven on medium heat.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 1-2 hours. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes or so.
  • Turn off the oven and let the fish bone broth sit for 30 minutes.
  • It’s time to enjoy your broth and get healthy!

P.S: You can store fish bone broth in the fridge for 5-7 days without any issues. For longer storage, you’ll need a pressure canner and some freezer time.


Where to Buy Organic Fish Bones and Carcasses?

fish bonesBuying organic fish bones and carcasses is a bit more difficult than purchasing cow bones. However, with a little research, it can be done. The easiest way we’ve found to source fish bones is through your local fish market. A farmer’s market can also work.

Just get on Google and search for fish markets around you. If you live in a decent sized metropolis, you’re sure to find a number of options. All you have to do is ask for fish heads, bones, and carcasses for a broth. Someone will be sure to have what you need.


Fish Bone Broth: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for information about the nutritional benefits of fish bone broth or the perfect recipe for beginners, then look no further. Above you’ll find all you need to go from zero to hero when bone broth is of concern. Cheers to drinking your way to better health with fish bone broth!

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Hello! I’m Nicole, a high-achieving, entrepreneurial wife/mom in my early thirties. I hold many other labels like gardner, connector, meditator and family chef, as I’m sure you do. In another life, I’d run a successful food truck and be a sommelier. I started this blog because I’ve been on a healing journey that has largely relied on bone broth and pre-made stocks as my daily nutrition to get me back to optimal health. This is my first blog and I hope it provides candid opinions, factual information, tips, tricks and more that make your life easier and healthier.


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