Dive into the lap of luxury with indulgent Lobster Bisque – a velvety, flavor-packed soup that transforms the finest lobster into a bowl of pure elegance. Succulent lobster meat enveloped in a rich, creamy broth, kissed with aromatic herbs and a splash of decadent sherry. Each spoonful is a journey into the heart of gourmet comfort, where the sweet essence of lobster meets the luxurious embrace of a perfectly crafted bisque. Elevate your dining experience with this culinary masterpiece, promising warmth, sophistication, and a symphony of flavors that linger on the palate.
- 3 small lobster tails or 2 large
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 1 large celery stalk sliced
- 1 small carrot sliced
- 1 head of garlic cut in half crosswise
- 1 medium tomato sliced
- 2 sprigs fresh tarragon
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup sherry
- 2 cups clam juice
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- Bring large pot of water to boil. Add lobster tails to water, and boil until cooked through and bright red, approximately 5 minutes.
- Using tongs, transfer lobsters to large bowl. Reserve 2 cups cooking liquid, saving as much loose lobster meat with the liquid as possible.
- Cool lobster tails by running under cool water. Crack tails and remove meat using the method of your choice.
- Coarsely chop lobster meat, then cover and chill.
- Coarsely chop lobster shells and transfer to medium bowl. Reserve juices from lobster in a bowl.
- Heat large pot over medium-high heat. When pot is warm, add olive oil and heat, swirling pot occasionally to coat bottom of pot in oil. When oil is hot and shimmery, add lobster shells. Sauté shells in oil until shells darken, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add onion, celery, carrots, garlic, tomato, tarragon, thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Stir in brandy and sherry, then boil until almost all liquid has evaporated, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add clam juice, reserved liquid from boiling lobster, and reserved lobster juices. Cook at strong simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
- Strain soup through sieve set over large saucepan, pressing firmly on solids. Whisk tomato paste into soup. Simmer until soup is reduced to 3 cups, approximately 15 minutes. If making bisque ahead of time, stop here. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.
- Add whipping cream to soup and simmer 5 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water. Add to soup. Boil until slightly thickened, approximately 2 minutes.
- Season with salt and black pepper. Mix lobster meat into soup and stir until heated through.
- Ladle soup into bowls and serve.
- Make it Dairy Free: Use coconut cream instead of whipping cream.
- Make it Gluten Free: Pure cornstarch is gluten free, but be careful to avoid any brands that might cross-contaminate. Alternately, you can use 2 tablespoons arrowroot in place of the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in this recipe.
- Make it Keto: Most of the carbs in this bisque come from the veggies and the cornstarch. Leaving out the onion will save you approximately 2-3g net carbs per serving. Replace the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of xanthan gum. Use heavy cream instead of whipping cream for extra fat. Also, look for the lowest carb tomato paste you can find, with no added sugars.
- To remove lobster meat with kitchen shears: Take your cooled lobster tails from their water bath and use shears to cut straight down the back of the tail. Then, pop the hard membranes on the inner side of the tail using your thumbs. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to open up the shell and pull the meat out in one piece.
- To remove lobster meat with your hands: Lay the cooled lobster tail on its side on the kitchen counter or on a cutting board. Using both hands, press down on the shell until it cracks. Hold the tail with the shell facing down and the fins pointed toward you. Pull on both sides of the shell to crack it open the rest of the way so you can remove the meat.