Seafood Broth

Seafood Broth

Caldo de Mariscos
5 to 6 cups
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fish broth, pati's mexican table, seafood broth
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Seafood Broth recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 3 “Celestún: Coastal Cooking”


  • 1 to 2 pounds fish heads, bones, and tails, preferably from fresh white-fleshed fish
  • Shrimp shells and tails, optional
  • 1 white onion, peeled and halved
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 to 3 carrots, peeled and halved
  • 3 celery stalks, rinsed and halved
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh parsley or cliantro
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

To Prepare

  • Place all of the ingredients in a large, heavy soup pot. Fill with enough cold water to cover by at least 2 inches.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and skim away any foam. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth-lined colander.

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  1. Hi Patti,

    How do I go about adding vegetables, rice and fish to the broth for a fish soup?

    I watched the episode and saw your dish was more rice heavy & im trying to make a consume type soup.

    Any help is appreciated, thank you.

  2. Dear Pati,

    Two weeks ago, I discovered your website by searching for a seafood broth. I made the broth and have used it to prepare a seafood soup. This recipe has worked great for me and the broth was rich and tasty. Thank you for this recipe.

    If the broth was great, I am very sure the rest of the recipes are excellent as well. I will incorporate a few in my cooking. Again, Thank You!

  3. I found your show on PBS for the first time today. Your son said something about the delicious chicken. I had chicken defrosted and wanted to try your recipe. Unable to find it on the website. I guess I will just view other programs who do have their recipes available.