Shrimp Bisque

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Published on: December 12th, 2008

Recipe courtesy of Louisiana Cookin' magazine. If you like the recipe, then check out Louisiana Cookin' magazine. Subscribe with the promotion code wwoz2010, and they'll donate $5 to WWOZ.


1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 pound unsalted, whole butter
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 carrot, thinly sliced
1 cup tomato concassé
6 cups shrimp stock
1/4 cup your favorite seafood seasoning
2 pounds shrimp shells, roasted with head on
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup brandy
crème fraîche, for garnish
fresh parsley, for garnish


In a large stock pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and half of the seafood seasoning, and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Turn the heat to low and sprinkle in the flour. Be sure to continue stirring and allow the butter to absorb the flour, creating a roux. Once the mixture is completely homogeneous, keep stirring and add the shrimp stock slowly.

Add the rest of the seasoning, tomato, and the shrimp shells. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a food processor, purée the soup in small batches until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve. Return the soup to a clean pot and stir in the heavy cream and brandy. Salt and pepper to taste. This soup is traditionally garnished with crème fraîche and parsley.

Pair with:

An Amontillado Sherry like Dry Sack will support this dish.

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