Are you ready for a soup that will warm your soul? Look no further than this delectable shrimp and corn bisque. Creamy, with just the right amount of spice, it’s the perfect companion for those cool autumn evenings.
Living near the gulf has its perks, especially when it comes to seafood. With an abundance of shrimp at our fingertips, we’re always experimenting with new recipes. And this one has quickly become a favorite.
Why You’ll Fall in Love with It
Let’s dive into why this shrimp and corn bisque deserves a special place in your recipe collection:
- Homemade Stock: The secret to the depth of flavor in this bisque lies in the homemade stock. Made from the shrimp peelings, it takes the soup to a whole new level.
- Easy Steps: Don’t let the long list of ingredients intimidate you. Making this bisque is actually a simple process. Just throw everything in the pot for the stock, then transfer it and finesse the bisque.
- Comfort in a Bowl: As the temperatures drop, this corn soup will wrap you in a cozy embrace. It’s the ultimate comfort food.
Ingredients that Make a Difference
To create this flavor-packed bisque, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Large shrimp
- Whole corn
- Bell pepper
- Fresh garlic
- Bay leaf
- Old Bay seasoning
- Whole black peppercorns
- All-purpose flour
- Heavy cream
- Salt and black pepper
For exact quantities, refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Instructions to Create Your Culinary Masterpiece
Now, let’s walk through the steps to create this tantalizing shrimp and corn bisque:
- Start by peeling the shrimp and setting them aside in the refrigerator. Place the peelings in a large pot on the stove.
- Add carrots, celery, onions, peppercorns, garlic, parsley, bay leaves, and water to the pot. Bring it to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least two hours, stirring occasionally.
- After the two hours, pass the mixture through a sieve, discarding the ingredients and retaining the flavorful stock.
- In a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat.
- Add the chopped onion and celery and cook until they turn soft.
- Stir in the flour and cook for a few more minutes.
- Slowly pour in the stock while stirring constantly.
- Add the cream, corn, and seasoning, bringing the mixture back to a gentle boil.
- Stir in the shrimp and continue stirring until it reaches a slow boil. Cook for three more minutes, then turn off the heat.
- Taste the bisque and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Serve with a side of crusty bread to complete the experience.
Hint: To achieve the perfect thickness, either add more stock or sprinkle in some instant mashed potatoes. You can also use an immersion blender to thicken the bisque.
Play with Substitutions and Variations
Feel free to put your own twist on this shrimp and corn bisque. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Sprinkle green onions on top instead of parsley.
- Add tomato paste while browning the onions for extra thickness.
- Use chicken broth if you need more liquid or prefer not to make the homemade stock.
- Substitute red bell pepper for yellow bell pepper.
- Experiment with cream cheese, green chiles, or Cajun seasoning to add a kick.
- Swap fresh corn for the canned variety.
Equipment You’ll Need
To bring this soup to life, make sure you have a large stock pot for the shrimp stock and a Dutch oven to prepare the bisque. While you can use the same pot, you’ll need to transfer the stock anyway. Check out the recipe card for equipment recommendations.
More Mouthwatering Recipes to Explore
If you’re hungry for more amazing dishes, take a peek at these other recipes:
- Cuban Chicken Soup
- Easy Taco Soup
- Crab Soup
- Crab Chowder
- Copycat Saltgrass Baked Potato Soup Recipe
- Slow Cooker Cajun 15 Bean Soup Recipe
- Corn and Crab Bisque
- Fisherman’s Pie
- Creole Shrimp and Grits
- Shrimp Boil Foil Packets
- 30 Minute Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Storage and Expert Tips
Once the Shrimp and Corn Bisque has cooled completely, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Here’s an expert tip for extra flavor: sprinkle a little “crab boil” seasoning into the bisque. Just be cautious with the amount, as it can add some spiciness.
Now that you’re armed with these mouthwatering secrets, it’s time to unleash your culinary prowess. Try this shrimp and corn bisque recipe and prepare to dazzle your taste buds. Don’t forget to serve it with a sprinkle of love and a big hunk of crusty bread. Enjoy!
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