Shrimp Bisque I

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Fish stock and heavy cream thickened with a roux form the base for this rich shrimp bisque recipe which calls for brandy, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and seafood seasoning.

INGREDIENTS (for 2 servings):


  • To make roux: melt 2 cups butter in saucepan over moderate heat. Add 4 cups flour all at ounce, stirring constantly over low heat, for approximately 5 minutes, until roux is a very pale ivory color. Set aside.
  • Using a large stock pot, melt clarified butter and saute shrimp shells until color changes. (To make clarified butter: slowly melt unsalted butter in a saucepan, being careful not to burn. Once thoroughly melted skim off surface of butter, removing milk solids.)
  • Add onion and garlic, cooking until tender, adding more butter if needed. Add paprika, cooking for 10 to 15 minutes. Once paprika is dissolved add tomato paste and mix well.
  • Deglaze pan with brandy; add fish stock and simmer.
  • Thicken soup by adding small amounts of roux, each time mixing thoroughly.
  • Strain soup, pressing shells to extract all liquid.
  • In separate saute pan, saute shrimp in butter and add to soup mixture. Add heated heavy cream, sherry and season to taste using; hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire and seafood seasoning. Stirring well and serve.