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Crab Bisque

This delicious crab bisque is wonderfully rich and flavorful and it will warm you from the inside out. Simple to make in one pot, it's a hearty dish the whole family will love!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword crab bisque, how to make she-crab soup, seafood soup recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 734kcal
Author Tanya



  • 4 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced about 1 cup
  • 1 celery stalk, diced about 1/2 cup
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic chopped, about 4 small cloves
  • 4 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 14.5 Oz can fire roasted tomatoes undrained
  • 2 cups seafood stock or clam juice
  • 1/2 cup sherry cooking wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 lb crab lump meat
  • 2 Tablespoon chives for garnish


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and let it cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, seafood stock, sherry wine, bay leaves, and old bay. Bring to simmer and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaves and blend the soup with an immersion blender or carefully blend in a blender until smooth.
  • Return pot to heat and Stir in heavy cream and add crab meat, Continue to heat for 3-5 minutes, until crab meat is heated through.
  • Serve in bowls and top with chives.


  • Make the soup in a heavy bottomed pan. This will distribute the heat more evenly so you don't get hotspots.
  • If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a stand blender. Transfer it to the blender in batches carefully as it will be very hot.
  • Make this soup gluten free by using a 1:1 GF flour.


Calories: 734kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 241mg | Sodium: 1561mg | Potassium: 574mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2651IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 2mg