What Can I Do With My Smoked Eel Leftovers?

For customers purchasing whole smoked eels, you might wonder what can be done with the bones, skin, and other remnants once the beautiful tender fillets have been removed. Well, the good news is that there’s plenty!

The leftovers of smoked eel can create delicious soups, stocks and broths, which can be the foundations of numerous other dishes — ensuring that no part goes to waste. Here's a guide on making the most of your smoked eel leftovers.

smoked eel broth

Creating rich broths and soups

Leftover bones and skin from your smoked eel can be transformed into rich, flavourful broths and soups. Simply boil them to extract the smoky essence and nutrients. Here are some basic recipes to get you started:

Smoked eel broth: Place the bones and skin in a large pot with water. Add aromatics like ginger, garlic, and onions. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a few hours. Strain the liquid, and you have a rich broth that can be used as a base for soups, risottos, or sauces.

Eel Ramen: For a more adventurous dish, try making eel ramen. Boil the bones and skin with ginger, chili, soy sauce, and miso paste. Once the broth is ready, add noodles, vegetables, and pieces of the filleted eel for a hearty, warming meal.

smoked eel chowder

Delicious recipes using smoked eel broth

Here are a few more ideas to make the most of your smoked eel leftovers:

Smoked eel chowder: In a pot, sauté onions, celery, and potatoes. Add the smoked eel broth and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Stir in cream and chunks of smoked eel meat. Season with salt, pepper, and a splash of lemon juice.

Smoked eel risotto: Prepare a basic risotto by sautéing onions and garlic in butter. Add Arborio rice and white wine, then gradually add the smoked eel broth, stirring continuously. Finish with pieces of smoked eel, grated Parmesan, and fresh herbs.

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Smoked eel leftovers are incredibly versatile and can be transformed into various dishes, reducing waste and enhancing your culinary repertoire. From rich broths to inventive soups, the possibilities are endless.

So next time you fillet your whole smoked eel, remember that the leftovers hold the potential for your next gourmet creation. If you’d like to find out more about our range of smoked eel products, then please do get in touch, or click the link below for all your wholesale enquiries.

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Posted by Jessica on June 28th 2024

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