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Easy Creamy Lobster Bisque Soup Recipe

This Easy Creamy Lobster Bisque Soup Recipe is a homemade gourmet dish made homemade from scratch using shells, lobster stock, and lobster meat cooked in butter. Ditch dining out at Red Lobster or Pappadeaux to stay in tonight with a bowl of this hot seafood soup!
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Lobster Bisque, Lobster Bisque Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 463kcal

Ingredients

Lobster Broth

  • 2 lobster tails I used fresh if you have frozen defrost first. Mine were about a pound and a half each.
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Lobster Base Optional for immense flavor.
  • 1 cup dry white wine I used Pinot Grigio.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Bay leaf

Bisque Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots thinly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks thinly chopped
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 6 oz Tomato paste Use half (3oz) if you like your bisque with less tomato flavor.
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons for the bisque, 1 tablespoon to cook the lobster meat
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine I used Pinot Grigio.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the lobster and 5 cups to water to a large pot. Bring the water to a boil and cook the lobster tails for 7 minutes.
  • Remove the lobster tails and set aside so they cool. Mine took about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the meat from the lobster tails. Keep the shells and store the lobster meat in the fridge.
  • Add the shells to the pot of water along with the Better than Bouillon, bay leaf, wine, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Cover and lower the heat to medium and allow the broth to cook for 25 minutes.
  • Place a large strainer over a large bowl. Open the pot and pour the broth and shells over the strainer to remove the shells from the broth. Set the lobster broth aside.
  • Using the same pot, add 3 tablespoons of butter (reserve 1 tablespoon for later) to the empty pot. When the butter has melted add the celery, carrots, and chopped onion.
  • Sautee the veggies for 6-7 minutes until soft.
  • Add the flour and stir until the flour is fully incorporated.
  • Add the lobster broth back to the pot along with the fresh thyme, heavy whipping cream, tomato paste, 1/2 cup dry white wine, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring the pot to a boil and cook for 10-12 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • Use an immersion hand blender to smooth out the soup. You can also transfer it to an actual blender. Pay attention to the carrots. Those are often the hardest to blend.
  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the reserved lobster meat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the lobster is cooked.
  • Serve the soup in bowls topped with the cooked lobster.

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Notes

The wine can be omitted in this recipe and substituted for broth.
Puree the bisque in the pot with an immersion blender or pour into a blender.
You can make this dish using lobster meat, as opposed to shelled tails, but most of the flavor of this dish comes from making the lobster stock using the shells from the lobster. It won't taste the same.
This same recipe will work with shrimp. Save the shells to make a shrimp stock.
Once the bisque has cooked, and cooled off some if you want to thicken it further, you can combine 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Mix and pour it into the bisque and stir.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 29g