A hit with northerners and seafood lovers alike, this Lobster Crab Bisque is the ideal dish for a cozy night in. Loaded with lobster, crab claw meat, and a hint of Tabasco sauce added in just the right places, this soup will go perfectly with your weekend binge-a-thon. Read on to see just how…
Until recently, I learned that there are more than 12 different types of lobsters roaming the earth. 12.
Up until then, I'd only known of two types, and that was Maine lobster and everyone else.
So whenever I discussed lobster with friends, like as a substitute option in our Slow Cooker Hot Crab Dip, for example, it was the first thing to come to mind.
Yet, if you live in an area like mine where Maine lobster is a rarity and the price of shipping and handling is not worth the bother, then you resort to the next best option- your local grocer- hoping there's a few on hand that you can go and scoop up.
But when I found out about the 12 different types, my mind went into overdrive.
'Does it matter the type of lobster I choose?' was my first thought, and after speaking to my local butcher, it does- especially in lobster bisque.
She told me there are two different classifications that the lobsters fall into: Hard or Soft-shell and Warm and Cold Water.
And depending on a few factors, like time of the year or location, can significantly change the dish's taste.
For instance, soft-shell lobsters are usually caught and sold from early July to approximately late September and on.
They are typically caught and cooked immediately or frozen and then shipped.
Hard-shell lobsters, which many are accustomed to, have more meat than their soft-shell counterparts and can travel longer distances- alive- for people all over to enjoy.
The taste between them both are very distinctive as well, so if you are looking for a sweeter, light-tasting lobster bisque, then soft-shell lobsters will be your best bet- vice versa for a hard shell.
In this recipe, we went the traditional route of using a hard-shell store-bought lobster.
The firmness of the meat paired along with the tenderness of crab claw meat makes this Lobster Crab Bisque a staple in my household.
And as a bonus, I can store this inside the freezer for many months without losing taste or texture.
If you're looking for a seafood soup to enjoy, we recommend you try this one out for size!
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- The option to choose from soft or hard shell, warm or cold lobster to suit your taste preference.
- A hearty soup that is freezable.
- Soup can be used as a main course, appetizer, or side dish.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
To recreate this soup, you will need the following:
- Lobster meat
- Dry sherry
- White wine
- Lobster broth
- Lobster Base
- Tomato paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco sauce
- Heavy whipping cream
- Shallots, Green onions, Minced garlic, Dried thyme, Paprika, and Bay leaves
HOW TO MAKE LOBSTER CRAB BISQUE
- With an Instant Pot, fill it with 1 cup of water and allow to boil.
- Once the water boils, add in lobster tails and cook for approximately 4 minutes. Once done, remove from water, remove shells and chop meat into thick chunks.
- Sit lobster meat inside the fridge while preparing the bisque.
- Grab a mesh strainer and the lobster boil water, strain 1 cup of the broth into a large measuring cup, and set aside.
- Rinse out the Instant pot and coat with non-stick cooking spray, and allow to reheat on the stove.
- Once heated, add in the shallots, green onions, seasoning, and stir until the mixture is well blended.
- Next, add in your white wine, dry sherry, Tabasco sauce, and remaining seasonings, and continue to stir for approximately 4 minutes.
- Once done, pour your bisque into a large blender and add in the lobster and crab claw meat. Blend for approximately 1 to 2 minutes on high.
- Transfer blended mixture back to Instant Pot once finish and continue to stir until well blended.
- Garnish with chopped chives and serve warm.
TIPS FOR MAKING LOBSTER CRAB BISQUE
- This bisque is made with crab and lobster but can be substituted for another shellfish or added a third, such as prawns, scallops or firm flaked fish.
- If it's a soup for lunch or a main dish, add a salad.
ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
- Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Biscuit Chicken and Dumplings
- Crockpot Tuscan Tortellini Soup
- Crockpot White Chicken Chili