Seafood Bisque

  • This easy Seafood Bisque is loaded with 3 types of seafood! It’s full of flavor and easy enough for a weeknight meal but impressive enough for all your special occasions.

    Close up of seafood bisque in a bowl with a piece of crusty bread dipping into it.

    If you are looking for a super impressive yet easy to make dinner idea, this seafood bisque is just the thing! It’s rich, creamy, and full of flavor thanks to 3 kinds of seafood!

    It may sound hard to make but it couldn’t be easier. In fact, it’s so easy you could make it any night of the week!

    What is bisque?

    Most people think of any creamy soup when they hear the word bisque but it really refers to a seafood soup. However, the actual origin of the word is unclear.

    All the ingredients to make the soup.

    Ingredients:

    SEAFOOD: You can use lobster, shrimp, scallops, crab, or any firm fish.
    BUTTER: And lots of it!
    ONION AND GARLIC
    TOMATO PASTE

    FLOUR: Helps to thicken the soup slightly. Feel free to use a gluten free cup 4 cup blend.
    HEAVY CREAM: I didn’t say this soup was healthy…..it’s rich and decadent and you can’t substitute heavy cream for anything fat free, sorry.
    WHOLE MILK: Again no substitutes.

    CAJUN SEASONING
    OLD BAY SEASONING
    GREEN ONION:
    Used to garnish the soup

    Three pictures of making the bisque.

    How to make Seafood Bisque:

    PREPARING THE BASE: Start by melting butter in a large pot or dutch oven. Saute the onions and garlic until the onions start to soften. Whisk in the flour, tomato paste, cajun seasoning, and Old Bay seasoning. Slowly stir in the cream and milk.

    SEAFOOD: Once the soup begins to boil stir in the seafood. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

    FAQs

    HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS?

    Store soup covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently on the stove to prevent curdling.

    CAN SEAFOOD BISQUE BE FROZEN?

    Yes, freeze completely cooled soup in a freezer container for up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove to prevent curdling.

    WHAT TO SERVE WITH SEAFOOD BISQUE?

    A simple side salad
    Crusty bread
    White wine

    Overhead view of the seafood bisque in a black bowl garnished with green onions and black pepper.

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    5 from 5 votes
    Close up of seafood bisque in a bowl with a piece of crusty bread dipping into it.
    Seafood Bisque
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
     

    This easy Seafood Bisque is loaded with 3 types of seafood! It's full of flavor and easy enough for a weeknight meal but special enough for all your special occasions.

    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy seafood bisque, quick seafood bisque
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 1104 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup (226g) butter
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • ½ cup (65g) all purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
    • 1 quart (945ml) heavy cream
    • 1 quart (945ml) whole milk
    • pounds (680g) raw seafood of choice
    Instructions
    1. In a large pot or dutch oven melt the butter. Sautee the onion and garlic until the onion starts to soften. Whisk in the flour, tomato paste, cajun seasoning, and Old Bay seasoning. Slowly whisk in the cream and milk.

    2. Bring the soup to a boil and stir in the seafood. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

    Recipe Notes
    1. Use any seafood you choose. I used lump crab, bay scallops, and medium shrimp 1/2 pound each in this recipe. You can also use lobster or any firm fish. If your seafood is NOT raw add it towards the end of cook time just to heat it through. Don’t overcook the seafood or it will be tough. 
    2. STORAGE: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently on the stove to prevent curdling. 
    3. FREEZER FRIENDLY: freeze completely cooled soup in a freezer container for up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove to prevent curdling. 
    4. WHAT TO SERVE: Serve with a side salad, crusty bread, and white wine. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Seafood Bisque
    Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
    Calories 1104 Calories from Fat 873
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 97g149%
    Saturated Fat 60g375%
    Cholesterol 536mg179%
    Sodium 536mg23%
    Potassium 640mg18%
    Carbohydrates 23g8%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 10g11%
    Protein 34g68%
    Vitamin C 8mg10%
    Calcium 469mg47%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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