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Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque is a super simple, creamy, roux-based soup that is full of seafood, and silky smooth flavor. It is my favorite soup, by far.

Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque

We skipped the chocolate and the date night this year and decided to dive head-first into a vat filled with amazing seafood for Valentine’s Day. So much seafood, in fact, that we had a ton of leftover shrimp, scallops, king crab, and lobster today.

Enter this seafood bisque.

Seafood Bisque

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Leftover seafood is so rare in our house that whenever it does happen I immediate jump to making this bisque.

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It is easy, fast, and ready in about 30 minutes.

The key to a really great bisque is a really great roux, so don’t skimp on that initial cook time with the flour and butter. It takes a while but is totally worth it.

Put that little trick in your back pocket too for other recipes you use that require roux. This seafood bisque though, in particular, is my favorite, and one of the best I’ve ever tried.

Yield: 4 servings

Seafood Bisque

Seafood Bisque

This homemade seafood bisque is so full of flavor and also all the seafood. Make it at home and skip the lines.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic & herb Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/8 cup dry sherry
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 - 2 cups seafood - cooked see notes


  1. Melt butter over low heat and whisk in flour. Whisk frequently, and continue cooking over low heat until the roux is golden brown.
  2. Whisk in chicken broth until it is combined with the roux. Increase heat to medium, and stir frequently. Add old bay seasoning, onion powder, tomato paste, sherry, cream. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add seafood and heat gently for 3-4 minutes, or until heated through. Serve immediately.


You can use raw seafood if you would like in this recipe, just make sure to simmer it in the soup for 2-3 minutes to cook it through. I just happened to have the seafood already cooked on hand, so didn't do that this time.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 531Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 1565mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Penny Owings

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Made this yesterday! Wonderful Flavor, color, all around excellent recipe. Thank you so much!!!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

Thanks, Penny! <3 We love this one too!

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Thursday 19th of February 2015

Mmm.. this looks amazing! And yay for using leftovers! Thats the best!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

They go to waste WAY too often in this house, so I'm always excited to find a way to repurpose them!

Becky | The Cookie Rookie

Thursday 19th of February 2015

These photos are ridiculously gorgeous! I wish I had a bowl right now!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

Wow! Thanks, Becky! I was really happy the next day eating my leftover's leftovers. lol

Heather | girlichef

Thursday 19th of February 2015

Um, I'm jealous....I want a vat of seafood! But I'd settle for a warm bowl of this luxurious (but simple - love that) bisque...

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

Seriously. I'll take a vat of seafood over flowers (that probably cost about the same!) ANY Valentine's day.

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