What Is Fish Fumet?

Fish fumet, often called the ‘liquid gold’ of culinary creations, is a rich and flavorful broth derived from simmering fish bones, aromatic vegetables, herbs, and spices. Distinct from fish stock, fish fumet is renowned for its concentrated essence, intense flavors, and delicate balance. Its exquisite taste and versatility make it a prized ingredient in many seafood dishes. 

 

Let’s embark on a journey to demystify fish fumet, explore its culinary applications, and equip at-home cooks with the knowledge and confidence to craft their batch of this exquisite elixir in just four simple steps.

Ingredients For Fish Fumet

So let’s cut to the chase. Now is the time to gather the essential ingredients to embark on the flavorful adventure of creating your very own fish fumet. A handful of carefully selected components will lay the foundation for this culinary masterpiece. You will need the following ingredients: fish, onions, carrots, celery, leeks, garlic, white wine, water, bay leaves, thyme, parsley stems, black peppercorns, and salt.

 

Fish heads and bones are used to flavor the fumet. We recommend one of the following varieties:

 

  • Turbot
  • Bass
  • Walleye
  • Perch
  • Lingcod
  • Tilefish
  • Trout

 

Here is the list of specific ingredients you should have at the ready:

 

Fish Fumet

  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 fish bones and heads
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 2 tsp salt

 

Bouquet Garni 

  • 4 to 6 parsley stems
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 to 3 fresh thyme sprigs 
  • 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns optional
  • cotton or hemp unwaxed twine
  • 4″ square of cheesecloth (optional)

Coming Up Next: Your Fish Fumet 

Before you get to it, it’s important to know that to keep your fish fumet fresh, store it in the refrigerator and plan to use it within three to four days. Alternatively, freeze the fish fumet for up to two months for longer-term preservation. When it’s time to enjoy it again, simply thaw the fumet by transferring it from the refrigerator or freezer to a saucepan. Reheat the fumet gently over medium heat on the stovetop until it becomes the desired warm temperature.

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients: fish bones, onions, carrots, celery, leeks, garlic, white wine, water, bay leaves, thyme, parsley stems, black peppercorns, and salt.

Step 2: Sauté the Aromatics

In a large stockpot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, leeks, and garlic, then sauté them until they become fragrant and slightly softened.

Step 3: Simmer the Fumet:

Add the fish bones, white wine, water, bay leaves, thyme, parsley stems, and black peppercorns to the pot. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and let it cook uncovered for about 30-40 minutes, skimming off any impurities or foam that rise to the surface.

Step 4: Strain and Store

Once the fumet has simmered and developed a rich flavor, carefully strain it through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a container. Allow the fumet to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it immediately or freeze it for future culinary adventures.

 

Creating a Bouquet Garni in Three Easy Steps:

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

You will need fresh herbs such as thyme sprigs, parsley stems, and bay leaves. Additionally, you will need kitchen twine or cheesecloth to secure the herbs together.

Step 2: Assemble the Bouquet Garni

Bundle the herbs together and tie them with kitchen twine. Alternatively, if using a cheesecloth, place the herbs in the center and tie the corners together, creating a pouch.

Step 3: Add to the Fumet

Drop the bouquet garni into the fish fumet during the simmering process. The herbs will infuse their flavors into the fumet, enhancing its aromatic profile. Remember to remove the bouquet garni before straining and storing the fumet.

 

Following these straightforward steps, you can create a flavorful fish fumet and incorporate a bouquet garni to elevate its taste further. Enjoy the delightful depths of your homemade creations!

Dive into Culinary Brilliance and Unleash the Full Potential of Fish Fumet in Your Kitchen

Fish fumet, the liquid gold of culinary enchantment, can elevate your seafood dishes. By mastering the art of making your fish fumet in four simple steps, you’ve unlocked a treasure trove of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With the knowledge of crafting a bouquet garni to enhance the fumet’s aromatic profile, you have the tools to create culinary masterpieces that will leave your guests in awe. 

So, dive fearlessly into the depths of fish fumet and let its enchanting essence infuse your kitchen with a touch of gastronomic brilliance. However, if you want to experience delicious cuisines without needing to prepare them, Bricco has fish fumet and more! Make a reservation with us today to experience it for yourself!