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If you’re a purist, you know that a true bisque is a seafood soup, though it is often used to describe any creamy soup. This delicious seafood bisque is made with crab and shrimp. It’s super easy to prepare and cook for a weeknight meal because it’s ready in just 15 minutes.

Traditionally, a bisque is thickened with a paste made from the crustaceans’ shells. This recipe takes a different approach and uses a flour-based roux. It’s adaptable too; you can substitute another seafood or add a third, such as lobster, scallops, or firm, flaky fish.

Serve the seafood bisque with freshly baked biscuits or crusty bread. If it’s a lunch or main course soup, add your favorite salad.


3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped celery
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup heavy whipping cream
8 ounces crab meat
4 to 8 ounces small cooked shrimp or other seafood
2 tablespoon sherry win


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Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-low heat; add the chopped green onion and celery. Saute, stirring, until tender.
Blend the flour into the butter and vegetables until well incorporated. Continue cooking, stirring, for about 2 minutes.
Warm the milk in another saucepan over medium heat.
Slowly stir in the warmed milk and continue cooking and stirring until thickened.
Add the freshly ground black pepper, tomato paste, and heavy cream.

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