Broth or stock is a tasty soup. It is sometimes defined as the liquid part of soup. It can be made in boiling water by adding meat, fish or vegetables,[1] and taking out the fat. It is sometimes used as an ingredient (or stuff) in recipes to make food taste better.

Main ingredientsWater of flavoured stock; any of bones, meat, fish, cereal grains, or vegetables

In Britain, a broth is a soup in which there are solid pieces of meat or fish, with some vegetables. It is usually made with a stock or plain water as its base, with meat or fish added while being brought to a boil, and vegetables added later. Broth is often made more substantial by adding rice, barley or pulses.[2][3] Broth is distinct from stock, which is a thin liquid made by simmering raw ingredients until all the taste has been got, then sieving the resulting liquid. In Japan, other stuffs such as kelp, dried small sardines and katsuobushi are also used for Japanese dishes, too.

In the United States terms, broths are made from portions of meat, whereas stocks are made from vegetable scraps and bones.



  1. Company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. "The American Heritage Dictionary entry: broth". Retrieved 2020-08-05. The water in which meat, fish, or vegetables have been boiled; stock.
  2. Spaull, Susan; Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne (2003). Leith's Techniques Bible. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 38 Soho Square, london W1D 3 HB: Bloomsbury. p. 661. ISBN 0-7475-6046-3.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. Barham, Peter (2001). The Science of Cooking. Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 127. ISBN 3-540-67466-7.