Shrimp Bisque

Germany has been covered by snow for about 2 weeks now. It's very very cold, but it does look pretty...! When I look around, everything is white, the trees, the cars, the streets... I hope the snow will stay until Christmas.

I made shrimp bisque a few days ago. I was (and actually still am) in the mood for eating something soupy and warm. It's a very tasty yet easy-to-prepare appetiser, which would delight anyone, especially during winter time.

I added some 'soup pearls' to my shrimp bisque. Basically 'soup pearls' are like round croûtons. I got to know these gems when I visited my MIL and she treated me with a bowl of delicious chicken broth topped with soup pearls. A real pleasingly crunchy addition to your soups :)!

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 4-5 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 can (peeled and seeded) tomatoes
  • 500 g shrimps, peeled and deveined
  • 1 l chicken stock (or seafood stock)
  • 150 ml white wine
  • 125 ml double cream
  • 2 tbs cognac
  • 1 tbs butter
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tbs dried tarragon
  • 1 tbs Crème fraîche
  • 2 tbs flour (mixed with 50 ml of water)
  • Soup pearls
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add chopped onion and carrot. Sauté until soft.
  • Add shrimps and tomatoes and cook under medium heat for around 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, wine, cream and tarragon. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Puree the soup mixture in a food processor.
  • Return the pureed soup into the pot. Add salt, pepper, butter, cognac and crème fraîche. Stir for about 1 minute.
  • To thicken the soup, add the flour+water mixture to the soup and stir for another 1 minute.
  • Serve the soup hot. Garnish with soup pearls and cream.

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  1. Preciosa y además tiene que estar delicioso.

  2. That's a comforting soup especially it is raining here this whole week.

  3. I love lobster bisque so I'm guessing I would love this shrimp bisque too. Looks yummy, rich and comforting! :D

  4. this is really a very warm and delicious for this festive season yummy!

  5. This is delicious soup good to have during winter.

  6. Wow, lovely presentation of your shrimp bisque, I am sure that must taste as good as it looks :-)

  7. A very sunny and delicious looking soup! I have not seen soup pearls here but we have soup oysters which are little oval disks of crackers.

  8. Let the "sun" in your bisque warm you up. Gorgeous!

  9. I've tried lobster bisque but not shrimp bisque before and I must say it looks good!

  10. mmm lovely shrimp bisque you've got there. Now you got me craving for some hot creamy soup for supper :P

  11. Bella e buona,bravissima!!! ;-)
    Un bacione:-*

  12. I'm sure this hot soup will boost you up in the cold weather! Looks yummy!

  13. You really need nice soup to warm up your stomach. :) This is one of it.

  14. I have not tried shrimp bisque and since I love shrimp so much, how can I not try this one? Thanks!

  15. that looks good - love the presentation! would love to have a bowl now !! its freezing outside!!! sigh..

    have a lovely day!
    jen @

  16. Soup pearls, I have never heard of those before but I would love to try that! Round croutons sound like so much fun. This soup looks delicious and great job with the presentation.