Make Ahead

Shrimp Bisque

September 18, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I first made this last Christmas for the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes, and it was a big hit. Because we had so much food, I only did a small glass for each person and everyone wanted seconds. I have a fondness for bisque from when I was a kid and it's still just so delicious...creamy, briny, and a lovely start to a wonderful meal. Perfect with some nice crispy toasted bread for lunch as well. The sherry gives it a lovely sweetness, and it doesn't even need any cream to make it feel rich (although you can definitely add some!). —Meatballs&Milkshakes

What You'll Need
  • 3/4 pound shrimp (with shells or use fish stock replacing water)
  • 2 leeks, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cream (optional)
  1. Clean the shrimp and put the shells in a saucepan with the water. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until the water picks up some color and gets cloudy. Strain through a sieve. Optional, you can also substitute fish stock for this step.
  2. Saute the leeks and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until they start to develop some color on the first side and flip, about 2 minutes. Cook on the second side for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and let it rust a little, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the flour and butter and stir to combine. Deglaze the pan with the wine and sherry. Add the shrimp stock (or fish stock) and cook for a couple minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend it so that it’s smooth but with some little chunks– you want to know you’re eating shrimp. Add the cream if you wish, and stir together.
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