Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Crab Bisque Recipe

Jan 28, 2015

Crab Bisque Recipe

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This rich and creamy soup is great for chilly winter days! Perfect served with a side of crusty bread!

How's the weather where you're at right now? Thankfully, it's been very mild here for the last couple weeks, 30's and 40's. That's pretty unusual considering it's the end of January, But I'll take it! I hope everyone's staying safe in the Northeast right now!

Today's recipe is for a rich and decedent Crab Bisque! I've had this recipe in my draft folder for the last few weeks, and am now just getting to posting it. My Dad treated all of us to crab legs for our Christmas dinner this year and I was the lucky one who got to take the leftovers home with me. I've been dying to make a bisque at home, but seafood is usually out of budget, so I'm especially excited about this recipe!

It took me quite awhile to clean all of the meat out of the crab legs, but you can also buy just the lump crab at your grocer's meat counter. I recommend that, this recipe is way easier that way! This soup is delicious and is fantastic with some crusty bread to dip in. I'm totally a bread dipper when it comes to thicker, creamy soups like this! Enjoy!

Crab Bisque

What you need:
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup onions, finely diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/4 cup seafood or chicken stock
1 cup white cooking wine
12 ounces fresh crab meat
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper, as needed

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and tomato paste. Saute for 5 minutes, then add the flour. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.

Pour in the chicken stock and cooking wine, then add the crab, paprika and cayenne. Simmer for 25 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. 

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  1. This crab bisque sounds like a perfect soup for this weekend! Awesome that it's ready in 30 minutes!

  2. This is perfect winter comfort food! Pinned :)

  3. it is worth picking those legs for fresh meat! makdes all the different - I bet this soup is outstanding

  4. I love seafood, and seafood soups. This bisque sounds so rich and comforting. I definitely want that loaf of crusty bread, and I'll see you a bottle of wine!

    1. ....and by see, I meant raise. Doh! {head smack} :P

  5. I've never made a bisque, but I'd love to try this recipe. Lucky you for getting the crab leftovers from the holidays!!

  6. This looks amazing and very simple. Perfect!

  7. seafood soups, especially with crab, are so good! looks great!

  8. Crab bisque is definitely one of my weaknesses. :) And perfect for a chilly winter evening!

  9. Delicious looking soup!! Perfect for the cold winter and snowstorms ahead!!

  10. Yes please...I would love this. Pinning!!

  11. Hi Sheena, I do hope you'll swing by to Food on Friday to add this to the crab recipe collection! Cheers from Carole from Carole's Chatter

  12. I love the idea of a crab bisque. Crab is so expensive. This is a great way to stretch it to feed a family.

  13. Love how quickly this soup comes together!

  14. I love crab legs but they are really expensive to get out here (Hawaii), so when we do get them, I love to make yummy meals like this! This bisque sounds so delicious, Sheena! Makes me want to fork over some cash to make it. ;)

  15. I love lobster bisque, so I bet I would love crab bisque! This looks yummy!

  16. Yummy! can't wait to try this bowl of comforting soup.

  17. Looks like the perfect meal for us, especially right now! It's 18 degrees here and I don't even want to know what it is with the windchill! Your soup looks delicious...we love crab!


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