Quick Shrimp Bisque

"This is modified from a Bon Appetit recipe from some years back. It is a wonderful first course, especially for those that like shrimp. The cayenne adds a nice "kick" to it as well!"
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  • Melt butter in pan.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add broth and rice and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Mix in most of shrimp (reserve 6 for garnish).
  • Cover and simmer until shrimp is heated through (1-2 minutes).
  • Puree soup with shrimp in blender or in pan with hand blender (much easier) Return soup to pan.
  • Whisk in tomato paste, cayenne pepper and tarragon.
  • Gradually whisk in half/half.
  • Bring soup to simmer.
  • Garnish with reserved shrimp.

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  1. Sackville
    This was just what I needed to soothe my poor sick self. I stuck fairly close to the original recipe, just adding a couple carrots and two sticks of celery (I made a double batch) to pump up the veggie content. It was wonderfully comforting, had a lovely seafood flavour to it and went down a treat. I'm sure the pot won't last long!
  2. Merlot
    Ahhhh this tasted so good. I followed your instructions exactly, and the end result was a beautiful, comforting bisque. A real treat that I will be making over and over again. Thanks for sharing another great recipe. :-)
  3. iris5555
    Delightful. I made the recipe as written but reduced the amount of cayenne significantly
  4. jimjam63
    Like others before me, I used potato flakes, not rice. Dropped cayenne to 1/4 tsp.; and added 1/2 c. each diced carrots and celery to the saute. I also bumped up the servings to 6 to end up with a decent amount of leftovers. Had no cream or half and half so I used 2% milk and it came out just fine. I would definitely make this again, only maybe not puree the carrots and celery... they probably didn't blend as well as everything else....it seemed a bit grainy. But I still give it 4 solid stars!!
  5. Sniffany
    Love, love, love this recipe! I have made this several times and absolutely love the flavor! The recipe only calls for shrimp, but I use a combination of shrimp and longostino. My husband isn't a big seafood lover so I have also on occasion added an extra cup of chicken broth to subdue the seafood taste. This version was also incredibly good. You can't fail with this recipe.


  1. JPerez
    This hit the spot! The cayenne pepper really adds a nice kick. I used half the shrimp called for and added a can of crab meat. I also took the hint of another reviewer and used instant potato flakes in place of the rice. I subbed milk for the half and half to lighten it up a bit.
  2. stornowaycollie
    Wow! I am giving this five stars even though I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I put in a bit less than a 1/4 tsp cayenne - even though I like thinks pretty spicy. It's plenty spicy even with the reduce amount! YUM! Unfortunately, I didn't have fresh tarragon - so I used dried. I also used 2% milk instead of the cream as I like to cut calories where possible - I even added an extra TBS of rice to make up for the thickness factor. Last but not least - I didn't blend the bisque as I like things chunky. Either way - this bisque is VERY VERY good & VERY easy. It's a great quick meal with things that most of us have on hand. I always have frozen cooked shrimp on hand just for this sort of thing. Thanks for the great recipe!
  3. Married to a Veg
    Very yummy! I added 2 T. sherry, and about 1/4 c. roasted red peppers, and substituted vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I like spicy, but I think I would probably use less cayenne pepper next time...it had quite a kick that lingered. The whole family enjoyed it. Thanks!
  4. Sue in NJ
    I made this with crab instead of shrimp. It was great! It was even better the next day. I can't wait to make this recipe again.


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