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You know when you have a restaurant that you love going to, and every time you go you swear to yourself that you will try something new? Every time I go to Zupas, I tell myself I’m going to try a different soup. And every time, I stare at the menu and get the Lobster Bisque. It’s just so dang good I can’t help it! I decided that if I could learn how to make it, I would be more willing to try something different when I go to Zupas. So I’ve decided to share this great recipe for Homemade Lobster Bisque.
I was so happy with how delicious this recipe turned out. And to top it all off, it wasn’t too difficult to make either. I’d never worked with lobster before, but since it was just the tail it was pretty easy.
Homemade Lobster Bisque
1 lb lobster meat (I used two tails)
2 tbsp butter
1 shallot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cups lobster water
3-2/3 cups chicken broth
3 sprigs fresh Thyme
1 dried bay leaf
1-1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground pepper
4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup heavy cream
Fill a large sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Drop in lobster tails and reduce to a simmer. If using frozen tails, make sure to thaw first.
Cook for 5-8 minutes or until the shell turns bright red.
Remove the tails from liquid and let cool for a few minutes. Reserve two cups of lobster water, set aside.
Cut each tail in half and removed lobster meat and chop, set aside meat and reserve shells.
In large sauce pan, saute 2 tbsp of butter, chopped shallot, chopped celery, and minced garlic.
Add tomato paste and cook for a couple of minutes.
Next add lobster water, chicken broth, lobster shells, Thyme, bay leaf, salt, cayenne pepper and ground pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn down to medium-low, cover and simmer for 30-45 mins.
Using a fine strainer, strain the broth and set broth to the side.
In the large sauce pan, brown 4 tbsp butter with flour over medium heat. Whisk often, mixture will brown and have a nutty scent.
Add lobster broth and heavy cream. Whisk and bring to a simmer. Add chopped lobster meat.
Garnish with Thyme sprigs, croutons, or oyster crackers.
I was pleasantly surprised how well most of my family liked this! I know it’s a little more out there for younger children, but can I just tell you that I wish I had gotten a picture of my 2 year old literally licking his bowl! It was awesome! Myself, my husband, and my 14 year old all really loved it. My 9 year old ate it without complaint and told me it was “good”. My 6 year old and 3 year old said that they “don’t love this soup”. 🙂 And if I’m being honest, I’m cool with that because it means more for me!