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Shrimp Bisque

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


  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons sodium-free chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro, cubed avocado and additonal shrimp, optional


  • 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, chili powder, bouillon, cumin and coriander; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Cut shrimp into bite-size pieces; add to soup. Simmer 5 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Gradually stir 1/2 cup hot soup into sour cream; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Heat through (do not boil). Garnish with cilantro, avocado and additional shrimp if desired.

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  • Ila
    Jan 3, 2021

    This is a great recipe that you can add to a little if needed. I'm sure its delicious as it is but I adjusted a bit for my own needs. As everyone says you definitely want to double up the recipe since its delicious. I used butter and sautéed the shrimp first and set it aside before adding later. Also added a little bit of tomato paste. I used 14% sourcream but half and half instead imif whipping cream. Also blended half the shrimp inside after the soup was done. Also added some cayenne pepper for a little spice. Its absolutely delicious to eat with a squeeze of lemon, some cilantro and bread on the side. Very easy but nice recipe.

  • KaniperC
    Feb 8, 2020

    I’ve made this twice now, exactly as the recipe states, and it is delicious! I doubled it for four people and tripled it for six people.

  • fred
    Nov 9, 2019

    Excellent, My wife says its better than her favorite restaurant to get it (and cheaper). Only thing I tweaked was boiling shells with water, and using half water half vegetable stock. I also use 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like a little heat on back of tongue) and a level teaspoon old bay seasoning. ( I also combine 50/50 heavy cream and fat free half and half to cut fat and calories)

  • 4dognight
    Jul 24, 2019

    Delicious with following adjustments. I had cooked shrimp so I peeled and then covered the shells with water and brought to low boil while I prepared the other ingredients. This made 3 cups of broth and I couldn't bear to throw it out so I added all three cups to the onions and flour. Then I added 1 cup of half and half to it instead of half cup. I did not have any coriander so omitted that. This easily made 3 servings and my picky son even ate it and enjoyed it. Will make again!

  • ad554836
    Apr 21, 2015

    WOW! This was fantastic!! It really only makes two servings though, so be sure to double it if you want any more than that! Again... WOW!!

  • Vayda10
    Dec 31, 2014


  • SKelm
    May 28, 2014

    Wow.....this is amazing! You will definitely want to double the recipe because 1 servings won't be enough!!

  • wickedwitchofthenorth
    Dec 28, 2013

    Loved it! After browning onion and garlic, I pureed with a can of diced tomatoes, skipped the flour and simmered for 30 min with spices then added chopped cooked shrimp and left over chunky guacamole.

  • isiscrystal
    Oct 27, 2013

    I thought this sounded pretty good when I read over the recipe. When I tasted it though, let me tell you - I WAS TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY. It is AMAZING!!! Definitely deserves to be served for a special holiday meal or some other special occasion. YUM.

  • barbara1973
    Dec 29, 2012

    I the recipe exactly as shown and it got rave reviews from my entire family. I'll definitely make it again, but next time I'll double it!