Shrimp Bisque

Bisque de Crevettes

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Shrimp Bisque is a soup with the flavor of the sea.

Especially good for entertaining

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Shrimp Bisque
Judith Coates
Prep time
20 Min
Cook time
37 Min
Total time
57 Min

Shrimp Bisque

This recipe is a fabulous dish to serve to guests. The Brandy and the cream with the other ingredients make a delicious blend of flavor.


  • 1 Kg (2.2lbs) small cooked shrimps in the shell
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 1 celery stalk sliced
  • bouquet garni (parsley, thyme and bay leaves or cumin and coriander)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup (3ozs) flour
  • 4 tbsp brandy
  • A few drops of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (4ozs) whipping cream, half & half or table cream
  • 6 cups (3pints) water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To prepare, remove the heads from the shrimp and peel away the shells, but keep both for the stock.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan.
  3. Add the shrimp heads and shells, cook over medium heat, stirring often, until they are nice and brown.
  4. At this stage, add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook gently until the onions soften.
  5. Add the bouquet garni, tomato paste, and lemon juice.
  6. Add the water stirring in gently and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to simmer, cover with saucepan lid, and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.
  8. Strain the liquid through a sieve.
  9. Next:
  10. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan.
  11. Stir in the flour with a whisk and cook gently until golden in color.
  12. Stir in the brandy.
  13. Gradually stir in about half of the shrimp soup. ( I use a whisk here to blend smoothly)
  14. Whisk in the remaining shrimp liquid.
  15. Simmer for about 5 minutes then strain into another saucepan if a smoother consistency is desired.
  16. Stir in the cream, then stir in the reserved shrimp and cook for a few minutes stirring frequently.
  17. Serve with some of the reserved shrimp to garnish.


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