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Creamy shrimp bisque recipe

Creamy Shrimp Bisque Recipe

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course soups
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 253 kcal

what you'll need

  • 1 lb medium shrimp deveined and shell on
  • 8 oz bottle clam juice
  • 32 oz seafood broth or chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery very finely diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot very finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry VSOP brandy or dry white wine
  • 3 Tbsp white rice uncooked
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • salt and pepper to taste

let's do it

  • 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.

One Last Thing

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: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 20gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1149mgPotassium: 463mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
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