Hi Health Food Lovers! In this post I’m going to show you how to turn this (I know- it looks scary, but have no fear!)…:

….into something delicious, nourishing and tasty!

First step is to get some fish heads + frames. I got 3 salmon fish heads + frames from the Queen Vic Market for $5, which isn’t too bad! But for this recipe you will just need one fish head + frame. Making a soup fish heads and their frames can be a tasty way to get some of the all-important anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids (EFAs) EPA and DHA into your diet. These are the forms that are easiest for our bodies to use and require less transformation, whereas the vegetable forms (e.g. alpha linonelic acid) of EFAs need more nutrients to transform them into these forms which are most anti-inflammatory).

Other sources of the better forms of EFAs include: Sardines & Anchovies

Below: Sesame-Crusted Sardine, Fennel and Sweet Potato Cakes

Below: Tasty Anchovy, Kale and Lime Salad

Okay so when you are make the broth, and you have the fish head and carcass, you will first need to give the fish a good rinse under cold water (not warm otherwise it will start to cook it).  After you’ve given it a good rinse, you will need to remove the gills (which are located inside the head). They look like this (see the picture in the page).  Here is a great YouTube video on how to remove the gills. Now onto the fish stock/broth…

How To Make Fish Head + Frames Broth/Stock


  • 1 fish head and frame (prepared as noted above) (I used salmon)
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil/butter/ghee (or your favourite heat-stable oil for cooking)
  • water (ideally filtered)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional flavourings: a few pepper cloves, a bay leaf, a star anise
How to:
  1. First cut up the fish frame. I left the head whole and used a butcher knife to cut up the frame.
  2. In a large pot, heat the coconut oil and cook the fish head and frame in the oil for a few minutes.
  3. Now add in the water. I used about 10 Cups of filtered water. But you can use more or less, depending on how concentrated you would like it to be. Add any flavourings you would like to put in (optional).
  4. Put a lid on and let this boil for a minute or two, then turn the heat way down until the water is barley even moving. Let this cook for about half an hour or so. Keep an eye on the broth/stock and skim off any scum that floats to the top.
  5. Season your broth with a bit of salt and pepper and then leave it to cool down.
  6. Strain the broth through a strainer.
  7. Put the bones/meat into a clean separate bowl. With (washed) hands peel the meat from the frame and fish head. Add the meat back to the stock. Note: You can discard the bones and cartilage from the fish carcass, or keep them to freeze and make another stock at a later stage.
  8. Now you can use the broth/stock in miso soup, or in another soup recipe, like in the recipe that I have written below.
Storing the fish broth: the stock can be stored in the fridge in a closed (preferably glass) container for a day or 2, but I wouldn’t keep it any longer than that without it being frozen.
To freeze the fish broth: I divided the cooled broth & salmon meat into a few portions, put them in zip lock bags and froze them.
Now here is a delicious recipe that you can make with the fish head broth!

Salmon Head, Coconut and Seaweed Soup

Serves 1 (just double or triple the ingredients etc. for more serves).


  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp. ginger, grated
  • ~1 or 2 C. of salmon broth & meat
  • enough for one serve: buckwheat noodles (best: go for 100% buckwheat noodles) or zucchini noodles or veggie noodles or kelp noodles or rice noodles
  • a strip of wakame seaweed, cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • a few tsp. of coconut milk, or to taste
  • a few tbsp. fresh coriander
  • a few slices of fresh chilli (optional)
How to:
  1. In a pot, boil the noodles of choice till soft. Then drain away the water and set the noodles aside.
  2. Heat the coconut oil and sauté onion, garlic and ginger. Add in the salmon broth and meat and bring to the boil for a few minutes.
  3. Turn the heat down add the seaweed pieces and add back the noodles to the pot. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and serve with fresh coriander and chilli (optional). Note: This is quite a simple soup, so feel free to add any veggies that you like to the recipe.

I would love to know: Does this look scary to you? Is it something you think you may try? Please let me know in the comments below!