Crab Bisque Recipe

Crab Bisque Recipe

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Crab Bisque Recipe

Crab bisque recipe. The best tasting crabmeat comes from crabs you cook yourself. If you have access to live crabs, use them to make this bisque.

Two 2-pounds Dungeness crabs or eight to ten hard-shelled blue crabs will yield about 1 pound of crabmeat. You can also buy cooked crabs and extract the meat. Fresh lump crabmeat is the next-best option, especially if you are short on time; look for it at fish markets. Otherwise, use frozen or canned crabmeat, drained and quickly rinsed.

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • 3 large shallots, minced
  • 5 cups fish or chicken stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 to 1 pound fresh or thawed frozen lump crabmeat, picked over for shell fragments (3 to 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry, dry Marsala or Madeira
  • Minced fresh tarragon or flat-leaf parsley for garnish


  • 1 In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add the shallots and sauté until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock and cream, and season with kosher salt and white pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  • 2 Reduce the heat to low and stir in the crabmeat. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sherry and heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Ladle the soup into warmed shallow bowls and garnish with tarragon. Serve immediately.


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