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Our Lobster Bisque is thickened with a brown butter roux that gives it an amazingly rich flavor!

Lobster Bisque

If you’ve been following along here at A Family Feast, then you know we’ve been sharing all sorts of delicious lobster recipes all week long. I think we’ve saved the best for last with this dreamy, creamy Lobster Bisque recipe!

Our Lobster Bisque is very thick and rich – so a small cup is plenty for a serving.


Lobster Bisque

What is Lobster Bisque?

According to Wikipedia, a bisque is a French soup based on a strained broth made from crustaceans, such as lobster. Originally, bisques were made specifically as a way to cook with imperfect crustaceans not good enough to sell whole at local markets.

The name “bisque” is believed to have been derived from the Bay of Biscay, located off the coast of France and Spain. But it could also be attributed to the term bis cuites which means “twice cooked” in French. (And yes – bis cuites is also the origin of both biscuits and biscotti.)

Lobster Bisque


How do you make Lobster Bisque?

We started with our homemade lobster stock (see that recipe here) that was thickened with a brown roux.

A roux is essentially a mixture of butter and flour that is combined and cooked until the raw flour taste is gone. Then roux is added to cream, milk and other liquids as a thickener for soups and sauces.

In the case of our Lobster Bisque, we allowed the roux to brown and caramelize, which helps give the lobster stock deep, delicious flavor as it thickens the finished soup. Heavy cream and butter, plus bite-sized pieces of lobster and chopped fresh chives, really finish things off.

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque is often considered a delicacy…it’s absolutely luxurious and wonderful to eat!

You may enjoy our other Lobster Recipes:

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Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus time to prepare stock)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: French


1 quart lobster stock, see recipe here

6 tablespoons butter, divided

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups heavy cream

Lobster meat from two medium-sized cooked lobsters, about ½ to ¾ pounds of lobster meat cut up into bite sized pieces

Chopped chives, for garnish


Place the lobster stock in a 2-quart sauce pan and heat to just short of boiling.

While stock is heating, in a small saute pan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter then add 6 tablespoons of flour and cook over medium low until the roux is brown (chestnut color).

Whisk the hot roux into the hot stock to combine.

Add the cream and whisk again and heat just to hot then remove from heat.

In another small saute pan, melt remaining two tablespoons of butter over medium heat and add the cut up cooked lobster meat and saute just to heat through.

To serve, place the bisque in a cup or bowl and place some of the cooked lobster in and over the top.

Garnish with chives.

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  • Stephanie wrote:

    Can you substitute chicken stock for lobster stock

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Stephanie – Technically you can, but the lobster stock is really a key flavor component in the recipe.

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