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Two bowls of Shrimp Bisque Recipe on white and blue floral plates

Shrimp Bisque Recipe

There is a lot to love about shrimp bisque. It packs so much flavor in such an easy recipe, you just can’t go wrong with it. With mildly spiced shrimp and an easy, creamy bisque soup base, this is hands down the BEST bisque recipe ever.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword seafood bisque, shrimp bisque, shrimp bisque recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 379kcal


  • Large heavy pot
  • Spatula


  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic minced or paste (about 2 cloves if minced)
  • 2 lbs. shrimp chopped
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Candied bacon pieces (optional for topping)


  • Heat a deep soup pot over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil and swirl it around to evenly distribute it.
  • Add 2 finely chopped celery stalks and 2 Tbsp. garlic (minced or paste) and saute for about 3 minutes.
  • Add 2 lbs. chopped shrimp.
  • Add 2 finely chopped green onions and saute both for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Melt 1/2 stick butter in the pot and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Spread 3 Tbsp. flour over the ingredients in the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, constantly stirring.
  • Pour in 1 cup white wine while continuously stirring. Let it simmer and thicken. When it is thick enough, it will take longer to pool back to the center of the pot when pushed with a spatula (see photo below).
  • Add 2 cups of tomato sauce and let it bubble and thicken while continuing to stir.
  • Once it thickens, add 64 oz. chicken broth and let it simmer. Turn the heat to low and wait for it to cool off somewhat.
  • Add in 2 cups half & half SLOWLY while stirring for about 1 minute!
  • Sprinkle in 1/2 cup of Parmesan SLOWLY while continuing to stir for about 2 minutes!
  • Turn heat back to medium and let the soup sit until it starts to bubble. Season with salt & pepper to taste, and serve!



Recipe Tips
  • Stir constantly: Make sure you are constantly stirring throughout making the bisque. This keeps everything consistent and prevents burning.
  • Especially with dairy: Stirring is especially important when adding dry ingredients like flour and dairy ingredients like half & half and Parmesan.
  • Turn the heat down: Turning the heat down and allowing the bisque to lower in heat before adding the half & half will prevent it from curdling.
  • Adding candied baconI like to top my shrimp bisque with bits of candied bacon. The recipe for my candied bacon is linked in-post!
  • Serve with bread and shrimp: Serve with a slice of crusty toasted bread and cooked shrimp coated in a little bit of cayenne. Yum!


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 328mg | Sodium: 2218mg | Potassium: 636mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 779IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 341mg | Iron: 4mg