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Easy Crab Bisque

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Easy Crab Bisque: A not-so-gourmet, but tastes gourmet, bisque that you can make at home with real crab or imitation crab meat!

Easy Crab Bisque - in a white bowl, orange napkin

My Lobster Bisque recipe has gone a bit “viral,” on Pinterest these last few months, and I can understand why. It is ridiculously good.

So the other day when I went to make it again, I remembered that I had crab meat in the fridge that I needed to use instead.
It was a container that my husband found in the store that had diced, steam-cooked crab meat, ready to go, and we just knew we’d find something to make with it…

and I did…

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Post updated: April 16th, 2020

Easy Crab Bisque

I’ll be honest, over the years and being a food blogger in general… I’ve come across a lot of crab bisque recipes online but they look SUPER difficult to make and require a ton of ingredients.

Are they delicious? I’m sure they are. But if I’m going to spend an arm and a leg on dinner, I prefer to head out to a nice restaurant and have someone make it for me. Ammiright?

So when I decided to whip crab bisque up, I knew I wanted to keep things simple, and of course, fabulously fast.

I’m so happy to say that this recipe was SO good, and I knew it had to make an appearance here on the blog because I know how much ya’ll love a good, easy, recipe… and especially one that tastes like it took forever in the kitchen.

How to Make Easy Crab Bisque

For the full recipe ingredients and instructions, you’ll find the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. However, I’d love to walk you through the step-by-step process with images so you can grab more helpful tips along the way!

Crab Bisque Ingredients

You can count on this being just like all of the other easy recipes here on Fantabulosity that use everyday ingredients.

This recipe uses: (see the recipe card below for the measurements and instructions!)

  • garlic cloves
  • petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • low sodium chicken broth
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • black pepper
  • crab meat (you can substitute with imitation but we LOVE real crab meat if we have it)
  • heavy cream
  • flour & butter for a roux if you want a “thicker” bisque
  • fresh parsley chopped, optional

Easy, right? Odds are, you may even have most of the ingredients on hand anyway! That’s perfect for those of you that have crab on hand and you’ve found your way here by searching of a way to use it! Hopefully no need to head to the store before you make this!

How do you thicken crab bisque?

We’re a fan of making a roux to go in the crab bisque, to thicken it a little. And although “roux” sounds like a fancy word, it’s super easy, so don’t worry about that.

I recommend that you start with just a little because you can always add a little more here and there. So starting with about 2 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of butter, heat them together, stirring, until butter has melted all of the way and the two are mixed evenly.

Next, add the flour/butter mixture to the bisque and let it sit 1-2 minutes until soup thickens.

Still not thick enough? Make another batch of roux and repeat until the bisque reaches it’s desired thickness!

What do you serve with crab bisque?

Our favorite side dish with ANY soup is the BEST Side Salad Recipe. It never disappoints and it compliments a dinner in one of the tastiest ways possible!

But other side dishes that go well with crab bisque too are:

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Easy Crab Bisque

Jessica Burgess
This soup recipe is super simple to make. Fresh crab in a tomato cream broth. Pair with warm bread for the ultimate comfort meal.
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 287 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 32-ounce carton low sodium chicken broth
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Old Bay seasoning to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 16 ounces crab meat chopped (you can substitute with imitation but I recommend real crab meat)
  • 1 pint heavy cream

Optional Roux (if you prefer a thicker bisque):

  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter room temperature

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add all ingredients, except crab meat heavy cream. Stir together to mix.
  • In a blender, pour 1/3 of the soup mixture, and blend for about 5 seconds. Pour into a soup pot.
  • Add another 1/3 of soup to the blender, and blend for 3 seconds. Empty into the soup pot.
  • Pour remaining unblended soup into the blender. Give one or two short pulses, just barely blending the soup. (you want each 1/3 to blend less and less for a better consistency.)
  • Pour remaining soup into the pot. Add the crab meat.
  • Cook soup over low-medium heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 45 minutes, stir in heavy cream.

Optional Roux (if you choose to omit, skip to last step):

  • Heat flour and butter in a small pan until mixed, and then add to bisque. Whisk together and let sit 1-2 minutes until soup thickens.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (2/8 recipe with roux)Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 11gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 523mgPotassium: 170mgVitamin A: 1140IUVitamin C: 6.9mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword creamy soup, easy crab bisque, easy soup recipe
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

P.S. I myself like a thicker bisque, so I make about 2 sets of roux to get it to the consistency that I like.

Can you freeze crab bisque?

Absolutely! You can freeze leftovers or make a double batch to freeze and enjoy later.

Freezing in freezer bags or mason jars are great options.
(Just note: when freezing in mason jars, be sure to let the soup cool down a bit and don’t crowd the jars in the freezer, as they’ll need a little room to expand as it freezes. You don’t want to have crab bisque all over the inside of the freezer!)

I so hope you enjoy this recipe and I’d love to hear in the comments below if you made it!

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10 thoughts on “Easy Crab Bisque

  1. kirsten says:

    How many servings?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Kirsten!
      You know, I’m not quite sure how much it made. I’m sorry. But if I think back, I want to say it made about 5-6 servings. It also depends on how thick you make it, with the rue. Lol! If it’s really thick, I tend to only want to eat a small bowl. But if it’s “soupier,” (is that a word, haha), It will make a bit more. I’m sorry that wasn’t much help.

  2. Elaine says:

    Hi Jessica, this crab bisque is absolutely fantastic! I love it! Do you have anything else that is better than this? Because I think it is pretty much impossible to beat it 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh gosh Elaine! Thank you so much! You’re so sweet… browse away! Your recipes look yummy too! 🙂

  3. Terri says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I was looking for a Crab Bisque that was easy and didn’t need Sherry added to it. This was perfect! Very tasty and easy.

    1. Jessica says:

      That’s fantastic!! I’m so glad that you liked it. Thank you SO SO much for sharing that you did! It means a lot! XO

  4. Jennifer says:

    Do you think using coconut milk instead of heavy cream would be ok? Trying to do this dairy free.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Jennifer! Oh gosh, you know, I’m not sure since I’ve never tried it… but I don’t see why it wouldn’t? It may be thinner, but it’s worth a shot! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! It sounds delish!

    2. ROBERT MITCHELL says:

      5 stars
      I make one identical with a 14oz can of coconut milk. its thicker like cream and gives it an asian fusion feel.

      1. Jessica says:

        Ooooh, that sounds lovely!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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