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Easy Shrimp Bisque

This simplified bisque recipe is a great way to use a leftover shrimp ring and vegie platter. Thick and zesty its always a hit with seafood lovers.

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Updated 1/1/2023

While you can easily adapt this recipe to use all fresh ingredients, I find this to be an ideal way to save a thawed, uneaten shrimp ring and leftover crudités.

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just asked your party guests to sit down for the main meal when you scan the appetizers and see that you have an uneaten shrimp ring and a partly eaten veggie platter.

Before these prepared treasures sit out too long, put them in the fridge so that you can give them a reprieve and save them for lunch tomorrow. With the addition of a few common ingredients, you’ll have an easy and delicious bisque that you may find comparable to one you may have enjoyed in a high-end seafood restaurant. And how satisfying it will be to know that your shrimp and vegetables have not gone to waste.

How to make shrimp bisque

  • Start by making a simple seafood broth. Remove the tails and any of the shells from the shrimp. Simmer them in water for about 15 minutes to extract the flavours, strain.
  • Make a mirepoix by sautéing onion, celery and carrot in butter until tender.
  • Add the shrimp, broth and seasonings. Simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Purée these ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Mix the purée with tomato soup then blend in a little cream.
Preparing the bisque
Shrimp bisque: simmer the shrimp and vegetables in broth before putting in the blender.
bisque

Easy Shrimp Bisque

Kevin Lamoureux
This thick and zesty bisque is always a hit with seafood lovers.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 20-30 medium precooked shrimp
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 1 rib of celery diced
  • 1 cup chicken or seafood stock
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup table cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika

Instructions
 

  • Remove the tails (and shells) from the shrimp. Return the shrimp to the refrigerator. Add the tails (and shells) with 2 cups of water to a large pot or wok. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Strain out and discard the tails (and shells) and save the liquid, set aside.
  • Sauté the vegetables in butter until tender. Add the reserved shrimp tail broth, chicken stock and shrimp; simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Pour these ingredients into a blender. Blend on medium until mixture is smooth; add milk to thin if required.
  • In a soup pot, add tomato soup and gradually add (remaining) milk.
  • Once soup and milk are well blended add the spices and blended ingredients then bring to a simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream just before serving.

Notes

Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with crusty bread.
Nutrition
Per serving
Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Iron: 1mg
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