rich and creamy crab bisque

Easy Creamy Crab Bisque

Easy Creamy Crab Bisque is a silky rich mixture of sweet lump crab meat, potatoes, and vegetables enhanced with spices and aromatics. Warm up during the winter with this classic seafood dish that works great as a light appetizer or starter. This recipe is sure to satisfy any seafood lover.

Soup season is in full swing so let’s not forget that bisque is also a part of the family! If you are looking for more restaurant-quality soup then you should try my Shrimp Gyoza Miso Soup and my Butter & Sage Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Soup.

Crab bisque is a delightfully light seafood broth that I have enjoyed at plenty of restaurants in the D.C. area. I previously thought it was one of those dishes that I could only enjoy while dining out. Who knew it was so easy to make from home?

I have taken this dish and truly made it my own with some inclusions that you won’t find in your standard crab bisque. This is one tasty bisque recipe that you will be slurping up!

What is bisque?

Bisque is a type of soup. It has French origins and is made from crustaceans such as lobster, shrimp, and course, crab! Bisque is known for its smooth, velvety texture. That creaminess typically comes from the inclusion of wine and cream.

lump crab topped on bisque

What’s the difference between Bisque, Chowder & Soup?

All bisques are soup, but not all soups are bisques. Let me clarify. Both bisque and chowder are different types of thick soups.

However, they differ in flavor, texture, and preparation. Bisque is generally smooth while chowder is chunky. Bisques are usually pureed whereas chowder is chock full of potatoes, meats, and vegetables.

Overhead view of crab bisque ingredients

What is crab bisque made of?

I am all about convenience so I created this delicious easy creamy crab bisque using many of the items in my pantry. I substituted and omitted a few ingredients that you would find in a typical crab bisque. However, the end result kept the essence of the dish and was just as tasty!

  • Lump Crab Meat: After a failed attempt to make sushi at home, I had leftover crab meat. You can use the canned variety because it’s more affordable.
  • Clam Juice: Boosts the flavor and adds a fresh taste.
  • Old Bay: Adds a touch of heat and complements the crab meat.
  • Potato: Instead of flour, I used this to thicken the bisque.
  • Tomato Paste: A great base to the soup that adds flavor and color.
  • Aromatics: Garlic, shallot, and onion.
  • Bay Leaf: Infused into the broth and removed before pureeing.
  • Vegetables: Celery and carrots.
  • Butter: Adds a rich creaminess.
  • Heavy cream: Enriches the soup with a light, creamy texture.
  • Vegetable stock: I opted for this instead of the fish stock for a lighter flavor.
  • Salt/Pepper: Add to taste.
  • Chives: Just include a sprinkle for garnish.

How to Make an Easy Creamy Crab Bisque

In a med-large quart pot or dutch oven, over medium heat, melt butter. Then add potato, onion, carrots, and celery and cook for 4-5 minutes. Next add shallots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and Old Bay, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Next, add stock, tomato paste, and let simmer for 25 mins. Stir in the bay leaf. Reduce heat and let simmer until liquid is reduced, for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove bay leaf and puree soup with blender or immersion bedder on high until very smooth. Return to medium-low heat and stir in heavy cream and half of the lump crab, cook for 5 minutes.

Finally, divide among bowls and garnish with remaining crab and chives.

tomato crab bisque

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Easy Crab Bisque

5 from 15 votes
Course: Appetizers, Entrees
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes
Calories

340

kcal

Easy Creamy Crab Bisque is a silky rich mixture of sweet lump crab meat, potatoes, and vegetables enhanced with spices and aromatics. Warm up during the winter with this classic seafood dish that works great as a light appetizer or starter. This recipe is sure to satisfy any seafood lover.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Lump Crab Meat (1 container)

  • 1 1/2 tsp Old Bay

  • 1 large Potato (diced)

  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)

  • 2 Bay Leaf

  • 1 Shallot (finely chopped)

  • 1/2 med Onion (finely chopped)

  • 2 stalks Celery (finely chopped)

  • 2 Carrots( diced)

  • 2 Tbsp Butter

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream

  • 1 cup Vegetable Stock

  • Salt/Pepper

  • Chives (garnish)

Directions

  • In a med-large quart pot or dutch oven, over medium heat, melt butter. Add potato, onion, carrots, and celery and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add shallots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and old bay, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next, add stock, tomato paste, and let simmer for 25 mins.
  • Stir in the bay leaf. Reduce heat and let simmer until liquid is reduced, for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf and puree soup with blender or immersion bedder on high until very smooth.
  • Return to medium-low heat and stir in heavy cream and half of the lump crab, cook for 5 minutes.
  • Divide among bowls and garnish with remaining crab and chives.
 

24 Comments

  1. Having lived in Maryland for years, I’m a sucker for anything that includes crab. This bisque was creamy and full of deep flavors. I’ll be making this frequently.

     
  2. The silky-ness of this crab bisque was AMAZING with the potato added, which also helped to make it filling. Devoured 2 bowls of it because it was so good

     
  3. We’ve been having some pretty cold days here in the DC area. After making this soup, I don’t mind the cold days at all. This crab bisque was rich and flavorful. I’ll definitely make this again!

     
  4. I have been craving crab for sometime now. I’m so glad I came across this recipe because the soup did not disappoint. Amazing!

     
  5. I am a sucker for crab bisque and having a homemade version was right on time! This recipe was so easy to make, the directions were clear and I can’t wait to make this again!

     
  6. My crab bisque turned out so creamy and cozy! I can’t thank you enough for the recipe!

     
  7. This recipe was 10/10 absolutely delicious! It was creamy and silky and went so well with my dinner rolls! This is my new favorite crab bisque recipe!

     
  8. I’m so glad I found this recipe! I love seafood bisque but I had no idea it would be so easy to make at home! Thank you!

     
  9. What a delicious wholesome seafood dish. The flavors were on point and the dish was so satisfying. I will definitely be making this again.

     
  10. This was perfect and really warming too! The crab made it so filling and I loved the flavor so much!

     
  11. This was my first time making crab bisque and I’m so glad I found your recipe. Easy to follow and SO tasty. Thank you!

     
  12. Three words: Rich, vibrant and delicious! Will be making it again!

     

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