Today's shrimp bisque recipe is a fool-proof guide to a creamy, savory supper that’s stuffed with intense flavors from the juicy tender shrimp, shrimp stock, heaps of fresh produce, and aromatic spices. It's exceedingly pleasant with zero fuss to make!
What Is Bisque?
Bisque is a thick, creamy soup that’s made with crustacean-flavored stock and a flour-based roux. In French, “bisque” literally means “crayfish soup”. However, some people believe it also refers to the Bay of Biscay lying along the western coast of France, where this dish seemingly originated.
Bisque is known for its creamy, velvety, chowder-like texture and a beautiful orangey shade. Either lobster, crab, or shrimp is used as the flavor base of a tasty bisque.
Bisque vs Soup
Although bisque looks a lot like a seafood chowder or soup, it's not as chunky.
A bisque should be velvety smooth as it's usually thickened with heavy cream and flour. It also doesn’t have potatoes, carrots, or bacon, like most soups often require.
Shrimp is a good source of protein, with beneficial minerals including iodine, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium. Being low-calorie and super versatile in cooking, shrimp is an amazing choice in a wide range of dishes as it's easy to work with and can keep you fueled without being overwhelmed.
Help with diabetes, gastrointestinal, renal, skin, and eye diseases thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of astaxanthin, an antioxidant in the shrimp that helps protect against free radical damage.
Shrimp is an easy-going crustacean. With today's recipe, we'll cook the peeled raw shrimp with a spice mix of salt, pepper, and paprika. We’ll also flavor the stock with the shrimp shells.
Go for any size of shrimp that's convenient for you. Also, feel free to combine shrimp with your favorite seafood, for example, lobster, scallops, or fish.
For shrimp bisque, a chef's personal preference sets one recipe apart from another. We didn't want to stray too far from the original version, so here are all the ingredients needed to recreate the fancy tastes of this dish:
Celery, thyme, yellow onions, and garlic add a slight pungency and a delicate earthiness to the soup, especially when sautéed.
Bay leaf adds an aromatic and mildly minty taste.
When combined in the stockpot, flour, shrimp stock, and heavy cream somehow create a roux that helps thicken the bisque while adding extra depth of flavor. Heavy cream also imparts a silky, luxurious feel. If you don't feel like using all-purpose flour, gluten-free substitutes would be arrowroot powder, cornstarch, and tapioca starch.
Butter intensifies the dish with its intriguing buttery flavor. Working together with the heavy cream when simmering, these two create a wonderful medley for the flavor base of the bisque.
White wine pairs well with the juicy shrimp as it provides an acidity kick and a crisp finish that cuts through the richness of this dish.
Tomato paste and paprika add a wonderful richness and give the bisque a lovely bright color.
How to Make Shrimp Bisque
Today's shrimp bisque recipe is a fool-proof guide to a creamy, savory soup that’s stuffed with fresh shrimp, heaps of fresh produce, and aromatic spices. Here are all the steps to follow:
How Long Does Cooked Shrimp Bisque Last in Fridge
Shrimp bisque can be made ahead, as it can last for up to 4 days under refrigeration. The flavor gets more intense the longer it sits in the fridge.
Our savory soup is also freezable. Simply allow it to cool completely, then put it into airtight containers and freeze. These leftover portions can freeze well for up to 6 months!
Best Way to Reheat Cooked Shrimp
Before reheating, thaw the leftover portions in the fridge overnight (if they have been frozen). On the day of serving, reheat the bisque on the stovetop.
To reheat, turn on medium-low heat and slow-simmer the shrimp bisque in a stockpot or a saucepan until warmed through to wake up the flavors and restore the texture. Make sure you don't leave it on the heat for too long or else it could reach the boiling point and become too thick.
What to Serve With Shrimp Bisque
Our shrimp bisque serves best as a hearty main dish, pairing with a small side dish of choice. You can also enjoy it as an appetizer or a light brunch with a slice of crusty bread and a green salad.
Garlic Bread: Scrumptious with a garlicky flavor and done in 10 minutes with simple ingredients, our garlic bread complements the complexity and creaminess of shrimp bisque perfectly. It's a quick, easy, last-minute side dish that makes a great choice for any big meal.
Carrot Orange Ginger Juice: A bright-colored drink with sweet, vibrant summer flavors to keep you nourished. Ginger and mint pair with orange and carrot to complete this drink with cooling notes. It's best served ice-cold as a refreshingly crisp side beverage.
Today's shrimp bisque recipe is a fool-proof guide to a creamy, savory supper that's stuffed with intense flavors from the juicy tender shrimp, shrimp stock, heaps of fresh produce, and aromatic spices. It's exceedingly pleasant with zero fuss to make!
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Emily Rogers is a California-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in Public Health Dietetics. She has had an eclectic career working as a health educator, nutrition counselor, recipe developer, clinical dietitian and outpatient dietitian. Emily is currently a full-time Public Health Nutritionist with the County of Orange where she teaches Nutrition Education and Community Nutrition courses.
Shrimp Bisque Recipe
Perfect for an easy dinner and can be enjoyed as both a side or main dish — it's sure to please everyone at the table!