Crab Bisque Recipe

Crab Bisque Recipe
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Crab Bisque

Ditte Isager

Crab Bisque

Sautéing the shells — be they crab, shrimp, or crawfish — is the true secret to a good rich bisque and the key to its signature nutty flavor. The farther west you go in Louisiana, the less cream and the more rice you’ll find in the bisque.

Adapted from My New Orleans: The Cookbook by John Besh.

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Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over high heat. Crush the whole crabs with a rolling pin, then add them to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, for 15 minutes.

Stir the flour into the pot, mixing it into the oil and crabs. Then add the onions, garlic, and celery. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes.

Add the ground rice, thyme, bay leaf, pepper flakes, and tomato paste, stirring to mix well. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the brandy and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 more minutes.

Increase the heat to medium-high and stir in the stock and heavy cream. Bring the bisque to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat. Purée the bisque in a blender, then strain through a fine sieve. Season with Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt, and pepper.


Calories per serving:

510 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Pork Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 32g 50%
  • Carbs 12g 4%
  • Saturated 15g 77%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 38g 76%
  • Cholesterol 221mg 74%
  • Sodium 834mg 35%
  • Calcium 216mg 22%
  • Magnesium 85mg 21%
  • Potassium 970mg 28%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 7mg 44%
  • Phosphorus 562mg 80%
  • Vitamin A 260µg 29%
  • Vitamin C 10mg 17%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 17%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 36%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 92µg 23%
  • Vitamin B12 17µg 286%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin K 7µg 9%
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