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Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque
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Total Time: 40

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

A lobster could hardly hope to meet a more glorious end--this lobster bisque is a wonderful way to highlight the deliciousness of a single ingredient.


  • 3/4-1 pound cooked lobster meat, in whole pieces (claws, tails, etc.)
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 3 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black or white pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • 3-1/2 cups fish broth or water
  • 3/4 cup light cream
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • Garnish: reserved lobster claw meat and chopped chervil, basil, or parsley


Set aside the best-looking claw piece for the garnish. Chop the rest of the meat and set aside.
In a 4- to 5-quart heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, melt butter and cook onion, carrots, tomatoes, salt, and pepper until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the chopped meat, wine, and fish broth or water. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes. Puree mixture in batches an electric blender until completely smooth (this may take a few minutes). Rinse out saucepan to remove any solids and return to low heat.
Pour purée back into pot. Stir in cream and heat for about 5 minutes. Put the beaten egg yolks in a small bowl. Slowly add about 1/4 cup of the hot soup mixture, whisking constantly. Add a bit more soup, whisking again. Pour mixture back into pan, stirring constantly, and gently heat until slightly thickened. Add brandy and more salt to taste. Serve warm, garnished with reserved lobster meat and herbs.

Updated Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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