Creamy Lobster Bisque

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 10 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 45 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

LOBSTER BROTH:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 red onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 cup good white wine
  • 6 cups organic vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh peppercorns
  • 3 cooked lobster carcasses, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 handful fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
    DARK ROUX:
      LOBSTER BISQUE:
        LOBSTER MEAT:
        • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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        Directions

        1 bunch fresh chives, for garnish

        For the lobster broth: Heat a large soup pot on medium and add the butter, olive oil, garlic, carrots, celery and onions. Add the sea salt and some freshly cracked pepper and saute for about 8 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the brandy and burn off the alcohol. Pour in the white wine and reduce for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, tomato paste, peppercorns, lobster carcasses (keep meat for later), bay leaves, parsley and thyme. Top of with water, just enough to cover the shells. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour.

        For the dark roux: Heat a small saucepan on medium. Add the butter and flour and whisk continuously until amber in color and nutty smelling, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

        For the bisque: Using strainer and cheesecloth, strain the lobster broth into a medium pot. Add the dark roux, heavy cream and saffron and mix. Let reduce on medium-low heat until thick, another 15 to 20 minutes.

        For the lobster meat: Heat a big pan on medium-high and melt the butter. Add the lobster meat and saute until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

        Spoon the lobster meat into a big bowl, ladle on the lobster bisque and top with chives. Enjoy.

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        • on February 17, 2014

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          Fantastic Recipe! My wife said it was the finest dish I have ever cooked for her. Just followed the recipe. Didn't have any saffron, but as far as we were concerned it was not missed. Started with 4 12-14 oz precooked lobsters from our local Kroger's. Had them on sale again today and picked up 4 more at $5 each. Recipe makes a full six servings for $20. Not too bad for a wonderful lobster bisque dinner!

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        • on July 27, 2013

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          good recipe i used the lobster cooking liquid instead of vegetable broth freeze the uncooked shells from shrimp and throw them in also i added when finished 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of sherry be carfull not to cook it away sherry is a signature flavor of seafood

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        • on June 17, 2013

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          I love her show , She has amazing recipes and she makes it look so easy , I'm a fan !

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