Crayfish Bisque

crayfish bisque

Wasting food is never a good idea, and when we prepare dishes with shrimp, crab or crayfish, we know a bisque will be made with the shells. Unless it is the shedding phase, crayfish shells are usually hard and crushing them during cooking will bring out flavours. 

Fish and seafood are sold alive on local markets in China which is not always the case in other parts of the world. If you are lucky to find live produce, it is necessary to clean and brush the crayfish under cold running water. Once they are clean, cook them immediately. 

This crayfish bisque recipe is suitable for after you have prepared recipes in which the crayfish tails were used. We have used a few fresh crayfish for the garnish of this bisque and as our recipe was made from scratch, we will be sure to use the remaining crayfish for other recipes and you can also do the same. 

Related: Chinese style crayfish with garlic

crayfish bisque

Crayfish Bisque

This recipe is suitable for after you have prepared recipes in which the crayfish tails were used.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Fish & Seafood, Soup
Cuisine French
Servings 8 people
Calories 132 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the seasoning

  • Salt, white ground pepper, cayenne chili pepper


Prepare the crayfish

  • Rinse the crayfish under cold running water.
    washing and brushing crayfish
  • Bring a large amount of water to boil and blanch the crayfish for 1 minute.
    crayfish boiling
  • Cut or pull the heads off and keep aside for the bisque.
    seperating the tail from the head of crayfish
  • Devein the tails by pulling the middle tail (telson) out.
    deveining crayfish

Cook the bisque

  • Heat olive oil in a big pot over medium heat and stir fry the crayfish heads and claws for 3-4 minutes, crush the heads and the claws.
  • Add the vegetable mirepoix and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
    crayfish bisque frying
  • Add the garlic clove and stir the tomato paste into the mixture and flambée after 2 minutes with cognac.
    crayfish bisque adding tomato paste
  • Add the tomato concassée, the bouquet garni, and cover with the white wine and enough fish stock.
    crayfish bisque adding vegetables
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes. Skim off impurities.
    skimming of crayfish bisque

Finish the bisque

  • When cooked, remove from the heat and take out the bouquet garni. Use a hand liquidizer to blend the crayfish until smooth.
    crayfish bisque blending
  • Pass the bisque through a sieve and discard the shells.
    passing mixture of crayfish bisque through a sieve
  • Bring the bisque back to the stove to boil for another 5 minutes. Skim the surface of any leftover impurities if necessary.
  • Whisk and add the roux gradually into the boiling soup until you get your desired thickness. Season to taste.
    crayfish bisque

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 5gFat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 65mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2165IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bisque, crayfish, soup
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