Healthier Corn and Crab Bisque

"One of my most favorite soups ever, but it's usually full of butter, heavy cream, and other not so good for you stuff. So, here's my attempt at making it less sinful."
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  • Sweat the onion, celery, and bell pepper in butter and oil until soft.
  • Add garlic toward the end so it doesn't burn.
  • Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, just until it starts to take on a little color.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. (At this point, you can puree with a stick blender if you like a smoother consistency. I like it either way. If you plan to puree, use a yellow bell pepper so the color doesn't go off.).
  • Add salt, pepper, and crab boil to taste. (I think Zatarain's has the best flavor for this, but be careful, it is potent stuff. If you can't get crab boil in your area, just use a little cayenne pepper.).
  • Add crabmeat, and cook until done.
  • Add corn and half and half, heat through.

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  1. cookin_nurse
    An excellent & easy dish. I questioned whether or not I should buy the crab boil for this but I went ahead and did it and I'm glad because I really feel like it made this recipe! I do wish I would have invested in fresh crab meat with this instead of canned. I used heavy whipping cream instead of half&half. My husband & I really enjoyed this. I'm sure I will be making it again. Made & enjoyed for ZWT5- french/cajun/creole rgion!
  2. fridayeve3
    Easy to make and flavorful! I also didn't have any crab boil and used cayenne pepper instead and still tasted great. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Yum!
  3. gourmet creations
    Wow wow wow! Need I say more?
  4. Caroline Cooks
    Made to specifics; I don't think that I reduced mine as I should have; but the taste was definitely there. Used imitation crab for even more calorie reduction. Delish! Made for ZWT3. Thanks, EmmyDuckie.
  5. Elfgirllana
    This soup is very good. Unfortunately krab (fake crab) unravels when warm. I had to strain it out after eating the first bowl's worth. This would obviously taste a million times better with real crab - I was just trying to cut down on my seafood consumption. I will try again with beef broth and beef strips to mix things up. Either way the broth was very delicious and I loved the heat!!


  1. justmenomorenoless
    Made this a few times and it's amazing!!!! Real crab is a must. Red bell pepper is way better in this than green, just from my experience. :)
  2. sarahubasics
    Excellent. I think we will be having this again. I used regular half-and-half, but only 1/2 cup. I did use the cayenne pepper instead of crab boil, but I would like to try it with crab boil. I added about a half teaspoon or so of cajun seasoning and I used all olive oil and no butter. I think I could have gone without any oil at all and just used water, although then you don't get the same sautee flavor, but the soup is so flavorful anyway I am not sure it would be noticeable.


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