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Monday, October 8, 2012

Creamy and Elegant Lobster Bisque

Two words that brings a smile to almost any foodie's face would have to be ...Lobster Bisque...mmmm.  Just the sound of the words bring visions of succulent lobster basking in a rich and luxurious cream broth.  Yep, when you do a lot of cooking, simple words like Lobster Bisque make you a happy cook.

So, on we go to day 8 of Soup Month 2012, which just happens to coincide with my birthday.  For my special day, I wanted an elegant soup for dinner.  Something that you might serve for a Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner or when you have special guests over.  So when I came across this Better Than Bouillon Lobster Base at the grocery, I knew I had found my special birthday soup.  And it was right on the label!

I did make a few adjustments to the original recipe.  Instead of just half and half or just milk as suggested, I used 1 cup of each.  This gave the soup a rich and creamy texture but kept it a bit lighter than using just half and half.  I also doubled the amount of lobster in the recipe.  This is a pretty rich soup and a 1/4 cup of lobster per person worked well for a main course-sized serving. 

We served this with baked stuffed clam shells and a wonderful 2009 Pedroncelli Sangiovese that I was saving just for today.  Cheers and enjoy!!

1 cup  Half and Half
1 cup  Milk
1 cup  Water
1 cup  White Wine
1 TB  Lobster Base
3 TB  Flour
2 TB  Tomato Paste
1/4 tsp  Paprika
1 cup  Lobster Meat (about 2 small tails), cut into small pieces

In a soup pot combine all of the ingredients, except lobster.  Bring mixture to a boil, add the lobster and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Cook for 5 minutes longer, then serve.  Makes about 6 first course servings, or 4 dinner servings. 

If you can't find the lobster base in your local market, it is available through Amazon.com at the link below.  This is a restaurant-quality ingredient that I'm sure you will see used in future recipes on this site.  (I already have a few in mind!)  The same company also has vegetable or mushroom base, several reduced-sodium, vegetarian or organic products to choose from.


  1. What in the heck grocery store did you find Lobster base at? I have to buy it on the net, and shipping is more than the bouliion.

  2. I found it at our local Publix store in Florida. Most grocery stores are more than happy to place special orders for you. Just give them the name of the product and maybe the UPC number from the jar, if you have it. Good luck. It is an excellent product.

  3. I found it last week at Clemson Publix in clearance section - not drastically reduced . .$4.79 but know it's hard to find.
    did you use 2% milk or whole? Your version sounds so good . .have never made before and will for Thanksgiving!!

  4. Hi Cindy - I think some Publix stores carry the lobster base during the holiday season as a regular item. We used 1% milk but 2% would work well, too. This will be a wonderful soup for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!!


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