Crab Bisque Recipe

A delicious seafood soup.


2 lb. crab
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1/3 cup celery, chopped
3 bay leaves
2 tbsp Cognac
14 oz. can plum tomatoes
1 tsp tomato purée
5 tbsp dry white wine
7-1/2 cups fish stock
5 tbsp thick double cream
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Salt and black pepper


Step 1: Put the crab into a pot of boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly.

Step 2: Chop the crab roughly using a large knife and removing any gills.

Step 3: Melt the butter in a heavy-based pot, add the chopped onion, celery and the bay leaves and cook gently for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Add the crab and Cognac to the pan and cook for a few minutes.

Step 5: Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, wine and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 6: Working in 2-3 batches, blend the mixture in a liquidizer or food processor. Don’t worry if there is any shell as it will be strained.

Step 7: Strain the soup through a conical strainer pushing as much liquid through as you can with the back of a ladle to extract all the juices.

Step 8: Return the bisque to a pot and add the cream, then season to taste with cayenne pepper, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Serve the bisque in bowls.

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Reprinted with permission from Abi Fawcett’s Seafood Basics (2012 Firefly Books).