Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fresh Onaga Fish Stock

Today the first catch of the Onaga season came into Whole Foods Market Kahala, and I had to reserve the head for some fresh fish stock for future paella.

Onaga or also known as Hawaiian Red Snapper has beautiful bright red skin with an elegant long swallow-like tail. In the days of the Hawaiian Kings, the fish was caught specifically for them.

See how gorgeous this fish is.  It is usually sold at $24.99 per pound, but when you buy just the head it is $3.99 per pound.
Following are the ingredients you will need for the stock:
1 onaga head (average 3 lbs)
2 organic carrots (roughly chopped)
1 yellow onion (cut in quarters)
1 leek (just the tops, roughly chopped)
4 small fresh bay leaves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
7 cups of filtered cold water

Put everything in a large cast iron pot, cover with filtered cold water, and bring just to a simmer.  Skim off the foam, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer gently, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  Strain the fish stock through a strainer. 

You may store the stock for 5 days in the refrigerator, in the freezer to store longer.

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