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Mexican Shrimp Bisque

I enjoy both Cajun and Mexican cuisines, and this rich, elegant soup combines the best of both. I serve it with a crispy green salad and a glass of white wine for a simple but very special meal. —Karen Harris, Littleton, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Optional: Chopped fresh cilantro and sliced avocado


  • In a small saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended. Stir in the water, cream, bouillon and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Cut shrimp into bite-sized pieces if desired; add shrimp to soup. Simmer 5-10 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Place sour cream in a small bowl; gradually stir in 1/2 cup hot soup. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Heat through (do not boil). Top with cilantro and avocado if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 357 calories, 28g fat (15g saturated fat), 173mg cholesterol, 706mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Selwyn
    Feb 21, 2021

    This recipe is nothing short of perfection! I've made this dish twice and followed the recipe to the letter and it has blown everyone away, myself included with the flavor. It is so easy and tastes like you might have spent hours laboring over it. Kudos to the creator!

  • ornamentnut
    Oct 27, 2020

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  • justmbeth
    Jun 11, 2018

    Absolutely fabulous! I wasn't sure how much I would like this one but it is a new favorite for sure.

  • hoopertwo
    Jan 1, 2018

    Cut the chili powder in half in favor of a wife that doesn't love heat and the spices were perfect. Otherwise exactly as written. Nothing short of outstanding. Don't skip the avocado!

  • flipperpie
    Oct 31, 2016

    This is delicious. Very different and very easy to make. Definitely a keeper. Served over rice. Made exactly two bowels for my husband and me with no leftovers. If you plan to make this for friends, I suggest you double or triple recipe

  • rrwhaley
    Feb 4, 2016

    This soup was delicious! I will definitely make it again.

  • tnshopgirl1
    Jan 10, 2016

    Absolutely Wonderful. I made this tonight for dinner ( I doubled the batch ). My husband ate 2 BIG bowls and then picked out of the pan. We truly enjoyed this. I would truly recommend this.

  • ReinaW
    Mar 20, 2015

    I've made it twice now for my husband and I and he said it again, "this is the BEST" soup/meal that you can make!" I put it over a small bed of Jasmine rice, it was very filling! The avocado and cilantro is highly recommended.

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Sep 30, 2014

    I used 1 lbs. of mudbugs instead of shrimp and doubled the recipe. Out of this world great.

  • rkane
    Aug 29, 2013

    Very easy, excellent taste. I make the recipe as written and not make any adjustments.