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Lobster Bisque

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Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 2 hours

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More effort


Serves 4

Indulgent, creamy, fiery and oh so very sexy. Valentines day for 2 or New Years Supper, this bisque is never out of place and so mild on the seafood taste that even the most difficult guest will be very pleasantly surprised. It is well worth the effort and cost.

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  • 1 Lobster (Approx 1lb)
  • 1l Boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • Small Bunch of Parsley
  • 400 ml. White Wine. (Chardonnay is perfect)
  • 750 ml. Chicken Stock
  • 2 Chopped Shallots
  • 2 Cloves chopped Garlic
  • 1 Chopped Carrot
  • 2 Chopped Celery sticks
  • 75 g. Butter
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Sprigs of Thyme
  • 1 Tbs Tomato Pure
  • 40 ml. Brandy
  • 80 ml. Dry Sherry
  • 150 ml. Double Cream
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon


  1. Boil water, add salt followed by Lobster, boil for 6 minutes. Remove lobster from water with tongs and place in cold water to cool. Reserve cooking liquid, this is your fish stock. If opting to use a ready cooked lobster you can substitute with other fish stock from a cube.

  2. Once cool enough to handle, place lobster on its back and with a chefs knife, cut the lobster from underneath, all the way from the tail to the head. Rinse away any tomally from the head cavities. Remove and refrigerate claw and tail meat.

  3. Heat 25 g. of the butter in your soup pot. Add the crushed lobster shells. Each piece should be not more than roughly 1 square inch. All pieces should be in contact with the butter, fry at medium high heat for 5 minutes until colour and smell is maximised.

  4. Deglaze the pot with the white wine, leaving the shells in the pot. Add the parsley, reserved salted boiling water and the chicken stock. Leave to boil slowly for 45 minutes. Place a lid on the pot after half the cooking time.

  5. Meanwhile, prep your veg and sautee in the rest of the butter. Once the stock is ready, drain the stock, taking care to remove any shell and parsley. Add the stock to the vegetables with the Thyme, Bayleaf, Tomato Pure, Brandy and Sherry. Boil slowly under a lid for another 45 minutes.

  6. When ready to serve, blend the bisque, add cream and reheat. Heat a tiny knob of butter with half the lemon juice in a pan, add the reserved lobster meat, fry over a moderate heat for 1 minutes. Add the rest of the lemon juice to the bisque. Place the lobster meat in a heated soup bowl and serve the bisque in front of the guest for added drama.

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Comments (4)

debthefoodie's picture

Method mentions chicken stock. Is this a mistake & really means fish stock?

janet_birch's picture

Made this bisque with a cheap cooked Lidl lobster (£4.99). It was great, really tasty. Thank you for the recipe.

savylot's picture

Does this use raw lobster? Can I use ready cooked ones?

andris74's picture

You can use ready cooked lobster but you won't have any fish stock. Knorr does a decent fish stock cube that can be used instead.

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