Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque Recipe

Preparing the Base

  1. Cook the Vegetables:
    • In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onions and cook until they are translucent, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  2. Make the Roux:
    • In a separate pan, melt 1/4 cup of butter.
    • Whisk in 1/3 cup of flour gradually until the mixture is smooth.
    • Cook over low heat until the roux turns a light golden color, about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine and Deglaze:
    • Add the roux to the pot with onions and garlic, stirring continuously.
    • Pour in the white wine, and stir well to loosen any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.

Adding Liquids and Seasonings

  1. Incorporate the Seafood Stock:
    • Gradually add the seafood stock to the pot, whisking constantly to ensure the mixture remains smooth and free of lumps.
    • Bring to a simmer.
  2. Add Seasonings:
    • Add the bay leaf, thyme, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
    • Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    • Allow the mixture to simmer gently for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cooking the Seafood

  1. Prepare the Seafood:
    • While the base simmers, chop the shrimp into bite-sized pieces if they are large.
    • Check the crabmeat for any shells or cartilage.
  2. Add the Seafood to the Bisque:
    • Add the chopped shrimp to the simmering bisque and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they are pink and opaque.
    • Gently stir in the crabmeat and cook for another 5 minutes to ensure it is heated through.

Finishing Touches

  1. Add Cream:
    • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream.
    • Warm the bisque through, but do not allow it to boil after adding the cream.
  2. Final Seasoning:
    • Taste and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or spices as needed.
  3. Serve:
    • Ladle the bisque into bowls.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
    • Serve hot with a side of crusty bread or croutons for added texture.


This Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque is a celebration of seafood flavors, marrying the richness of crab with the sweetness of shrimp in a creamy, flavorful broth. Each spoonful offers a taste of the ocean’s bounty, making it a perfect dish for elegant dinners or as a luxurious starter. Its depth of flavor and creamy texture are sure to impress your guests and satisfy your cravings for a gourmet seafood experience.

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