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White bowl of Luxurious Crab Bisque, garnished with red pepper flakes and chopped parsley.

Luxurious Crab Bisque

  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


Luxurious crab bisque is a rich, decadent soup with just a slight kiss of heat.  It’s lovely to serve for special occasions or any time you need something warm, rich, and comforting.



4 tablespoon butter

1 medium shallot, finely minced

2 stalks celery, finely minced

½ teaspoon Kosher salt 

½ teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

½ teaspoon chili flakes

2 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

6 cups fish stock (or 6 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of seafood bouillon base)

1 ½ cups dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)

1 bay leaf

1 cup heavy cream

1 ½ pounds lump crab meat, divided

Freshly chopped parsley, as garnish

Dried chili flakes, as garnish


In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the shallot and celery until soft – about 5 minutes.

Stir in the salt, pepper, Old Bay seasoning, chili flakes, garlic, and tomato paste.

Cook, stirring often until the garlic is fragrant and the vegetables are coated with the tomato paste – about 3 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour over the mixture, stir well to combine, and cook for another minute.

Pour in the stock and wine.  Whisk until the liquid is fully incorporated.  Nestle the bay leaf into the pot.

Reduce the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring often to prevent the soup from scorching.

Measure out 1 cup of the crab meat and set aside.

Stir in the remaining crab and heavy cream into the pot.  Simmer for another 5 minutes or until the crab is hot.

Discard the bay leaf.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it’s very smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning for salt and pepper.

To serve, spoon a bit of crab into the bottom of 4 or 6 soup bowls. Carefully ladle the soup over the crab and garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and dried chili flakes, if desired.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Starters - Soups
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American

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