Grandma's Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque

Embark on a culinary journey with our Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque, a dish that encapsulates the essence of luxury and indulgence. Rooted in the sophistication of French cuisine, bisque is renowned for its smooth, velvety texture and rich flavors. Our rendition, combining the succulent tastes of crab and shrimp, delivers a comforting and lavish experience that has been cherished for generations. Follow our time-tested recipe for a bowl of warmth that will tantalize your taste buds and transport you to the heart of seafood delight.

Serving Suggestions: The Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque takes center stage as the main course of your meal. Pair it with a light, crisp salad dressed in vinaigrette to complement its robust flavors and refresh your palate. Enhance the experience with garlic bread or crusty French bread for a complete indulgence. For a heartier option, serve it over white or brown rice. Elevate the visual appeal and taste by garnishing with fresh herbs like parsley or chives, adding a burst of color and freshness.

Grandma's Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup of chopped carrot
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for extra heat)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups of chicken or seafood broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound of cooked crab meat, shells removed
  • 1/2 pound of cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons sherry (optional)
  • Fresh herbs like parsley or chives for garnish

How to Make Crab and Shrimp Bisque:

  1. Warm olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add carrot, onion, and celery; cook until vegetables are soft (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Stir in cayenne pepper, tomato sauce, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Cook for two minutes.
  3. Add flour, stirring well, and cook for one minute.
  4. Slowly add broth, stirring continuously. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Blend the soup until smooth using an immersion blender or a regular blender. Return to the pot if needed.
  6. Add heavy cream, letting it boil for another 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Incorporate wine and crab meat. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Adjust salt and black pepper to taste.
  9. Serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs.

More than a meal, Grandma's Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque is a sensory experience that warms you on cold days and makes every day feel special. Enjoy the harmonious orchestra of flavors in every spoonful, savoring the richness and tradition of this cherished seafood delicacy.

Bon appétit!

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