Curried Shrimp Bisque Recipe -
Curried Shrimp Bisque Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Curried Shrimp Bisque

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"Mildly spicy seafood soup. You could substitute an equal amount of crab meat or cooked sliced lobster for the shrimp. Use dry sherry to flavor instead of brandy if you make this substitution."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, or until tender. Mix in flour, curry powder, paprika, and tomato paste. Gradually stir in chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Stir shrimp into the pot, reserving a shrimp to place on top of each serving. Mix in cream. Season with salt and pepper, and divide into servings. Pour an equal amount of brandy into each serving. Sprinkle with green onions, and top with reserved shrimp.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 27, 2006

Excellent... My only suggestion is to use heavy cream and a bit more butter. This is excellent paired with coconut rice.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 16, 2011

I made the crab meat/sherry variation as the submitter suggested in her recipe description. I simmered the sherry with the stock rather than adding at the end - did not want the "raw" liquor taste. I think this would have been infinitely better without the curry. Very dominant and distracting. Also - too much butter to saute vegetables results in little "grease nodules" floating on the top of the soup. Not pretty.

Sep 07, 2006

This was a very good and pretty easy-to-make recipe. It also had an "elegant" feel to it. I'd never bought chicken stock before, but I managed to find some at my store. I bought some medium-size (51-60 count) shrimp, since the recipe didn't specify a size, and I thought they might be too big for this recipe, but I thought they worked nicely. Also, I wasn't sure if I should have left the tails on (some shrimp recipes do, some don't, and I don't know what the "rules" are), so I took the tails off. However, I thought the brandy overpowered the other flavors quite a bit. Maybe a higher-quality brandy than what I had on hand would've tasted better, or maybe I should just have reduced the quantity. In the end, though, this was the first recipe I've added to my recipe box in quite a while. I just may try it again, this time with crab/lobster (and sherry), as the recipe description suggests. Thanks for a great recipe!

Mar 25, 2009

This was amazing!!! I didn't have green onions or brandy and I used fat free half and half. My friend the gourmet cook was here and she raved about it all weekend. It is quick and easy and definitely a keeper. Thanks for the recipe.

Feb 05, 2009

Oooh, this was good! I roughly chopped up the shrimps for the bisque but garnished it with a huge tiger prawn (tiger shrimp? Not sure of the difference). I diced the onion a little chunkier than the celery, and used a small splash of Marsala wine instead of brandy. The green onion sprinkles were pretty, but next time I think I'll use fresh chives. This was super delicious. Thanks so much!

Nov 27, 2007

Sorry to say, but I did NOT like the brandy in this one. Way too overpowering. I would make it again, but probably completely omit the brandy. (And, yes! I am a drinker!)

Jul 09, 2011

This was a very good recipe. I didn't use the brandy and instead used cooking sherry before the flour. I used heavy whipping cream instead of the light cream. I also added a pinch of garam masala and garlic salt in the end to each serving because it needed a little something. Next time I will use only half the celery and substitute the green onions with fresh cilantro to give it a more authentic taste. Also, I think I will use a little more tomato paste. All very minor tweaks that made this good recipe great!

Oct 12, 2006

Interesting flavor combination. A little salty for my tastes. But overall a great soup alternative from the standards.


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  • Calories
  • 275 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 116 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 16.8 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 12 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 781 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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