There are many schools of thought about what precisely constitutes a ‘bisque.’ Some will argue it’s only for soup containing crustaceans, and others will say it pertains to the soup being thickened with rice. Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Seafood broth can be difficult to find, so we used chicken broth with clam juice, then fortified the flavor by cooking the shrimp shells in the stock. The result—light and beautiful shrimp broth!

recipebtnServe this soup recipe in a fancy homemade bread bowl!

A bowl of delicious creamy shrimp bisque

Creamy Shrimp Bisque Recipe

If you like seafood and soup, you’re going to love this shrimp bisque! We used rice to thicken the soup so we could use less cream.


Yield: 6 -8 servings
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  • Rinse and peel shrimp reserving both the shrimp and shells. Add clam juice, broth and shrimp shells to a large saucepan then bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Strain the broth into a heat-safe bowl, discarding shrimp shells. Set broth aside.
  • Return saucepan to stovetop. Increase heat to medium then add butter. When butter has melted, add onion, celery, carrot and salt. Cook 4–5 minutes until tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Add sherry or brandy and cook until mostly evaporated.
  • Add broth and uncooked rice then bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to low then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Add shrimp then cook for about 1–2 minutes—depending on the size—just until heated through. If desired, remove a few shrimp for garnish and set aside. Purée soup, including the shrimp, until smooth, working in batches if necessary. If using a blender, do not fill the pitcher more than ⅓ full.
  • Return puréed soup to the pot then whisk in tomato paste, cayenne pepper and heavy cream. Return soup to a simmer over low heat but do not boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, ladle soup into bowls then garnish with reserved shrimp, garlicky croutons or just a sprinkle of parsley or black pepper.


This recipe makes a statement all on its own, but we don’t hate the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich and a fresh green salad served alongside it!
Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 1149mg, Potassium: 463mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g
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