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I butterflied a whole dorade but removed the head. It's now sitting in the freezer waiting for a soup or stock. Does anyone know a more interesting or creative use for fish heads?

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+1 for not binning it. – Orbling Jan 23 '11 at 2:05
I've heard that if you take them to the movies you get in for free. – Crazy Eddie Jan 23 '11 at 23:47
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South-east Asian cuisine often uses fish heads in stews or steamed. I remember seeing a recipe for fish head stew. Try this one:

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Perfect. I'll give it a go. Thanks. – Hakan B. Jan 23 '11 at 20:33

I guess you could look into making your own fermented fish sauce, but for that you are really supposed to use whole small fish. And a single head will not get you very far.

If you had heads from larger fish you could cut out the cheeks and cook something with those. I had a pasta dish once where the sauce was made with cod cheeks and that was delicious. Having said that though, it is still just fish meat. The cheek meat is not that different from cod fillet.

As for your single dorade head, your best bet is probably still to use it for stock or soup. I usually keep two boxes in the freezer, one for meat and one for fish, where I just toss anything that will work in a stock. Fish heads, prawn shells, chicken carcasses, meat trimmings, it all goes in there. Even vegetables, like carrots that have gone soft, leek greens etc. Once the boxes are filled up I make the stock and start the box over again.

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I do the same with my scraps as well. It's great! Thanks for the comment. – Hakan B. Jan 23 '11 at 20:33

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