Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
You are looking at this recipe because you like Lobster Bisque... look no further. This recipe is to die for! It was adapted from a recipe by Darren Lock, chef of The Point, a former Rockefeller lodge high in the Adirondacks. Start preparing the bisque as soon after cutting the lobsters as possible. MAKE AHEAD: The recipe can be made through Step 4 & refrigerated a day. Just rewarm before proceeding. Wine pairing: A dish of this complexity and grace deserves a wine with just as much. Try it with the rich and silky Selbach-Oster Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2001 from Germany. Buy two bottles and save one for 2025.
- 3 quarts water
- 4 (1 1/2 lb) live lobsters, split lengthwise
- 1⁄4 cup pure olive oil
- 1 lb fennel bulb (halved, cored and coarsely chopped)
- 3 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
- 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 leek, halved lengthwise and coarsely chopped
- 1 unpeeled head of garlic, halved crosswise
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 3 tablespoons armagnac or 3 tablespoons cognac, plus more for serving
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pinch saffron thread
- 1 cup heavy cream
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- Boil water in a large stock pot.
- Twist claws and tails off lobsters and reserve bodies. Add claws and tails to the boiling water. Simmer tails for 3 minutes, and claws until they turn bright red all over, about 8 minutes. Remove lobster pieces as they finish cooking and place in a large bowl. Reserve the cooking liquid.
- Let the lobster cool slightly. Crack claws and remove the meat from the tails and claws, cover and refrigerate.
- Twist legs off the lobster and cut the bodies into large pieces.
- Heat olive oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole. Add fennel, celery, carrot, onion, leek and garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are browned, about 8 minutes.
- Add legs and body pieces to the casserole and cook over high heat, stirring, until shells start to brown, about 8 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour evenly over the shells and stir well. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it starts to brown, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in wine and Armagnac and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Stir in thyme, bay leaf, saffron and the reserved lobster cooking liquid until smooth.
- Simmer broth over low heat, skimming occasionally, for about 1 1/2 hours. Strain broth and press on the solids to extract as much liquid as you can. Return broth to the casserole.
- Add heavy cream to the casserole and simmer for 5 minutes. Season the bisque with salt and pepper.
- Cut reserved tail and claw meat into 1" pieces. Add the meat to the simmering bisque and cook until just heated through, about 1 minute.
- Add a splash of Armagnac to 8 soup plates. Ladle the lobster bisque into the soup plates, garnish with the parsley and serve.
I eat with my eyes and taste from my experience. This is a class AAA recipe and shall go in my TBCK (to be cooked & kept) recipe file. Jayburn
I made this because it sounds delicious and because, well, I needed to "show off" a little to impress. WELL! I DID impress, big time! The dish is far superior to five stars and worth every second of preparaton! I had been hoarding a bottle of Renwood viognier, so we popped that cork. Turned out to be a perfect match! Thanks, NCMS! I'll be making this again, even if I'm not trying to "show off!"