Easy Lobster Bisque

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Lobster Bisque is a delicious and velvety soup, perfect as a starter or a main dish. It’s easy to make and the results are always impressive!

Lobster Bisque in a white bowl and garnished with chives

Delicious and Aromatic

A simple lobster infused broth is mixed aromatics, cream and chunks of juicy lobster meat. I love to create a flavorful lobster broth from shells (if you have any leftover at a restaurant, bring them home) but you can also use frozen lobster in this recipe with great results.

This is kind of a fun post! Why? Well, this is actually the very first recipe I ever posted on Spend With Pennies oh so long ago!  :) Of course, we’ve enjoyed this crazy delicious recipe so many times since!

Since we had a few extra lobsters left from our recent lobster dinner, I decided to make lobster bisque from the leftover shells! This recipe has been made and tweaked a million times (it’s very forgiving) but overall it’s the same and always rich and amazing!

Easy Lobster Bisque is impressive enough for guests and easy enough for a weeknight meal!

What is Lobster Bisque

Don’t let the name of this delicious soup scare you!

Bisque is simply a smooth creamy soup made from the broth of lobsters, crabs or other crustaceans. So basically lobster broth that is strained and cream is added. Easy right?

A spoonful of lobster bisque with chunks of lobster claw

How to Make Lobster Bisque

In this recipe we try to get as much lobster flavor as we can from the shells and meat. I start with cooked lobster because this recipe is absolutely perfect for any leftover lobster (or the bit leftover and the shells you’ve brought home from a dinner out). Broiled Lobster Tail would produce the perfect leftovers for this Lobster Bisque!

With just a few simple steps, you can get amazing flavor in a simple lobster bisque that is off the charts good!

  1. Brown the shells with butter and onion.
  2. Add broth to extract the flavors.
  3. Strain your broth, add some wine and aromatics & simmer.
  4. Stir in cream and lobster meat.
  5. Enjoy!

While there are a few steps, it’s not difficult at all!

Lobster Bisque in a bowl with a lobster claw next to it.

How Long Does Lobster Bisque Last in the Fridge?

As with most seafood, you don’t want to keep lobster bisque in the fridge very long (and it doesn’t freeze well). I’d plan on eating it within 2 days max!

Serve this beautiful dish with some crusty bread (we love to sop up any leftovers in our bowls) and a fresh delicate salad like our favorite Cucumber Dill Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette.

More Delicious and Easy Soup Recipes to Try

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lobster bisque in bowl
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Review Recipe

Lobster Bisque

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Soup
Cuisine American
A rich and creamy bisque filled with delicious lobster flavor! 


  • 1/2 lb cooked lobster meat with shells if possible
  • 1/4 cup butter divided
  • 1/2 cup onion divided
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes Tobasco sauce
  • 1/3 cup cooking sherry
  • 3/4 teaspoon dired thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or light cream

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  1. Remove the meat from the shells and set aside.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Add shells and 1/4 cup onion and cook over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Add chicken broth and simmer 10 minutes. Strain and set aside.

  3. Melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add white wine and cook until almost evaporated. Add Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce and cook until almost evaporated.
  4. Stir in sherry, thyme, bay leaf, and tomato paste. Simmer 15 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Add in cream and lobster meat and heat over medium heat until hot. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 337, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 136mg, Sodium: 969mg, Potassium: 680mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 22.2%, Vitamin C: 19%, Calcium: 17.4%, Iron: 8.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I am confused about step 6. I followed steps 1 through 5 which ends with serve immediately. Then Step 6 starts it all over from the beginning again all in step 6 that also ends with Serve immediately. Is step 6 an optional way of doing the whole recipe all in the one step…… Or am I missing something?

  2. can you pls review and edit?  you say 1/4 cup butter divided but then say 1/4 cup to sauté onions.   also is it 1/3 cup sherry or 1 1/3 cup sherry?

  3. MMMMmmm! Looks fantastic. I love bisque, I always thought it would be more complicated to make. On my “Must try” list for sure!