Easy lobster bisque recipe

Easy Lobster Bisque

Course: Soup
Cuisine: French
Keyword: lobster
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Lisa MarcAurele
Make your own gourmet soup at home with this simple smooth and creamy lobster soup. And, this homemade bisque is low carb and gluten free!
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  • 4 lobster tails frozen in shells (or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste increase to 2 tablespoons for more tomato flavor
  • 2 cups lobster stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  • Boil lobster tails for 6-8 minutes or until shells are bright red. Remove tails to cool and reserve water to use as lobster stock.
  • Remove meat from shells then return the shell to water and boil for another 10 minutes. Using fine mesh strainer, strain lobster stock and reserve 2 cups.
  • Chop lobster meat into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  • Add olive oil to medium sized sauce pan and heat over medium high heat. Saute onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add the wine, then stir in the Worcestershire, celery salt, thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. 
  • Stir in the tomato paste and reserved lobster stock. Simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Puree mixture in blender or use a stick blender in the pot until smooth.
  • Return mixture to pot, if needed, and add in the heavy cream and butter. Add additional salt if needed.
  • Add lobster meat and continue to simmer for another 5-10 minutes.



The soup can be thickened with glucomannan powder, xanthan gum, and or guar gum. Traditional lobster bisque soups were also thickened with ground lobster shells.
It's best to use a stick blender right in the pot to puree the soup mixture. However, if you don't have one, the soup can be pureed in a blender in small batches. Just be careful transferring the hot soup between the pot and blender.
Lobster stock is available in a can, but it's fairly expensive. That's why it's better to just use the water used to cook the lobster in.


Serving: 302g | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.5g | Protein: 22.8g | Fat: 28.2g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 241mg | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1.5g | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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