Shrimp And Crab Bisque

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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Gluten Free
cook 6

What's in it


½ stick (2oz) butter or olive oil, but butter is richer flavored
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 ribs or stalks of celery, washed and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 c water
1 x 8oz can no salt tomato sauce
1 teaspoon gluten-free chicken stock concentrate
1 tablespoon gluten-free tomato ketchup
coffee filter filled with ½ teaspoon dry thyme, 1 bay leaf, some fresh parsley stalks and tied shut
freshly ground pepper
1 cup heavy cream
grated rind of ¼ lemon
2 tbsp sherry
1/3 lb cooked, peeled salad shrimp.
2 x 6 oz cans of crab meat, well drained, or 8 oz fresh or frozen crab, thawed
dash of fresh nutmeg
dash of cayenne pepper (if you like a bite to your soup)
Fresh, chopped parsley to garnish.
1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water

How to cook it


  • Melt butter in a 3 quart non-stick pan. Add onions, garlic, carrot and celery and cook, covered over a low heat, for about 10 minutes until they soften. This is known as “sweating” the vegetables and allows more flavor to develop rather than just cooking them immediately in stock.
  • Add the water, tomato sauce, stock, ketchup, coffee filter of herbs and freshly ground pepper. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook covered for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Remove herb packet and then use an immersion blender and puree the vegetable and stock mix directly in the pan. (You can also pour into a blender or food processor and puree.)
  • Add the lemon rind, nutmeg, cayenne (if desired), cream and cornstarch mix.
  • Add sherry and bring back to just under a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add thawed shrimp, drained crab and simmer for 1 minute
  • Turn off heat, add parsley and let sit for a few minutes. You don’t want to boil any soup with a milk mix added as it can break up. Too much heat will also toughen the shrimp and also will prevent you from appreciating the flavor of the soup.
  • Tips & Alternatives: Don’t use imitation crab. You could also substitute the containers of frozen lobster. Substitute ½ - 1 cup of Chardonnay for the stock. Don’t chop raw vegetables in a food processor, as they will be chopped too small for the immersion blender to puree them. The heavy cream is the finale, and is what makes it taste like a lavish restaurant dish. If you’re lactose intolerant, use unsweetened coconut milk. The dish will not be as rich, but still very good. Note: Always check the label to ensure ingredients are gluten-free.