Easy Lobster Bisque

Ever wanted to know how to make lobster bisque and what’s it made of?  Check out this easy lobster bisque recipe which is creamy, delicious, and you’d never know is gluten-free, dairy-free, clean, and easily paleo-friendly!

Easy Lobster Bisque | Ever wanted to know how to make lobster bisque and what’s it made of? Check out this easy lobster bisque recipe which is creamy, delicious, and you’d never know is gluten-free and dairy-free! | A Sweet Pea Chef

For the longest time, I used to order lobster bisque at restaurants whenever I saw it on the menu. This was back in my “pre-clean” days so I didn’t really think then much about the amount of butter, cream, or flour that might have been in the bisque.

All I knew was that it was rich, creamy, and delicious.

I never really thought that I should just try to make my own lobster bisque at home because there was just something about it that seemed so elaborate, so fancy. Like it could only be made at a fancy restaurant.

Silly me.

Lobster bisque is actually very EASY to make. In fact, you’re not gonna believe just how easy it is to make tasty, luscious lobster bisque at home — and without the hefty price tag at a fancy pants restaurant.

Hand holding a raw lobster tail to show the size and color of a raw lobster tail which will be used in the easy lobster bisque recipe. Hand using kitchen shears to cut into the lobster shell which has been boiled. The lobster meat will then be removed and chopped before getting added to the easy lobster bisque recipe.

How To Make Lobster Bisque

The basics behind lobster bisque is that you need to cook the aromatics, like onion, shallot, and garlic first, then add a little flour to thicken, add some liquid, and then blend it all together.

It’s really that simple.

What I found is the best way to make lobster bisque is to make my own lobster stock to use as the liquid.

Please don’t freak out by this idea – here me out.

In order to cook the lobster, you’re going to boil a pot of water. So, that water is the beginning of our stock.

Once the lobster is cooked and you remove the flesh from the shell, just toss the emptied lobster shells back into the pot and boil for another 10 minutes to get your stock.

See? Super easy! Trust me – this will make a huge difference in the final flavor of your lobster bisque.

Bowl of cooked lobster which has been removed from the shell and is ready to be added to the easy lobster bisque recipe. Close up side angle of cooking the onion and garlic in a skillet in olive oil and then adding the chickpea flour to thicken the lobster bisque recipe.

How To Thicken Lobster Bisque

The usual way to thicken lobster bisque is to use flour. When you’re cooking the onion and garlic, you then add flour and a little liquid (usually wine, chicken broth, or lobster stock), and make what’s called a roux which is essentially a creamy flour mixture that is used to thicken your bisque.

Instead, in this lobster bisque recipe, I use chickpea flour instead of all-purpose flour (which is what’s usually used in lobster bisque recipes). The chickpea flour works perfectly and makes it so this lobster bisque is gluten-free and refined flour free.

The other way to thicken lobster bisque is by blending it. Once everything is cooked and tender, just add everything to a blender and blend until smooth. You could also use an immersion blender right in the pan. Just make sure to not have the lobster in the soup yet so you don’t also blend in all that tasty lobster (unless you want to!).Personally, I like to have large chunks of lobster in my lobster bisque.

Skillet filled with cooked onion, garlic, and chickpea flour which has the tomato paste and hot sauce added in order to add spice and color to the easy lobster bisque recipe. Side view of a bowl of easy lobster bisque which is garnished with lobster and thyme.

Is Lobster Bisque Good For You?

The short answer for most lobster bisque is, sadly, not really. Most lobster bisques served in restaurants are filled with butter and cream. This makes them sinfully indulgent and fine to enjoy on occasion, but not really that good for you.

In order to lighten up this easy lobster bisque recipe, I make a few changes so I could enjoy it more often while still maintaining my healthy lifestyle.

Here’s how to make lobster bisque healthier:

  • Replace all-purpose flour with chickpea flour
  • Replace heavy cream with full fat coconut milk
  • Remove the butter
  • Blend to thicken, rather than add even more flour
  • Reduce sodium by removing a lot of the salt
  • Replace they sherry with dry white wine and low sodium chicken broth

All in all, the flavors of this healthier lobster bisque recipe are amazing and you don’t even miss the “original” ingredients. Plus these changes make this lobster bisque gluten-free and non-dairy which allows people who are sensitive to either to enjoy a special treat.

Hands holding one bowl filled with easy lobster bisque and topped with cooked lobster chunks and thyme.

If you’re wanting to keep this recipe paleo, you’d just need to replace the white wine with additional low sodium chicken broth, since wine isn’t really a paleo thing.  This is also the case for clean-eating, though it’s not 100% agreed upon as to whether a little wine (especially dry wine, like in this lobster bisque recipe) is acceptable on a clean eating diet.  Personally, I use a little here and there, particularly in a few yummy recipes (like this one, too!).

What’s your favorite indulgent recipe that you’d LOVE to make healthier?  Share in the comments below and I might turn it into a #makeithealthy recipe on the blog!

Horizontal view of a bowl of lobster bisque which is topped with a pile of cooked lobster chunks and thyme.

4.9 from 29 votes
Easy Lobster Bisque | Ever wanted to know how to make lobster bisque and what’s it made of? Check out this easy lobster bisque recipe which is creamy, delicious, and you’d never know is gluten-free and dairy-free! | A Sweet Pea Chef
Easy Lobster Bisque
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Ever wanted to know how to make lobster bisque and what’s it made of? Check out this easy lobster bisque recipe which is creamy, delicious, and you’d never know is gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily paleo-friendly!

Categories: Clean Eating, gluten free, Non-Dairy, Paleo, Soup, Valentines Day
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: easy lobster bisque, lobster bisque
Servings: 4
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 3 lobster tails, in shells
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 smal yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup white wine* (dry is best)
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups lobster base (see instructions below)
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot half-way with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add the lobster tails and boil for 8-10 minutes, or until the shells are bright red and the flesh is opaque. Remove the lobster from the boiling water and allow to cool. Reserve the water -- this will become your lobster base.
  2. To make the lobster base, remove the lobster from the shell either by cutting through the shell with kitchen shears (my preferred method) or chopping in half and pulling out the flesh. Place the lobster on a cutting board and, after removing any remaining veins, chop into bite-size pieces. Throw the shells back in the water you just boiled the lobster in and boil for another 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, strain the water from the shells using a fine mesh strainer, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the base.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and onion and saute until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Add the chickpea flour to the onion-shallot-garlic mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.

  5. Slowly add the wine, taking care to slowly incorporate the wine into the thickened mixture. Once mixed in and smooth, add the hot sauce, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook for 1-2 minutes until this mixture becomes a thick paste.

  6. Slowly add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan if any bits are sticking to the pan at this time.
  7. Add the paprika, tomato paste and lobster base and stir to combine well. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  8. Blend the mixture in a blender or using an immersion blender. The mixture should be very smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pan and add in the coconut milk and lobster chunks. Taste at this time to check if any additional salt or pepper is needed. Heat through.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

* Low sodium chicken broth can be used instead of the white wine if following paleo diet or to avoid using alcohol.

* This recipe has been modified to fit into a clean eating recipe.  The original recipe used 1/3 dry cup sherry and 2 cups heavy whipping cream and 1/4 cup unsalted butter instead of low sodium chicken broth and coconut milk.  It also included 2 tsp.Worcestershire sauce. All other ingredients and instructions remain the same.  

Nutrition Facts
Easy Lobster Bisque
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 254
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.2g43%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 89.2mg30%
Sodium 189mg8%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 8.2g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

120 thoughts on “Easy Lobster Bisque

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!!
    My dad has been diagnosed with celiac disease for over 20 years. Lobster bisque is something that he can never order on a restaurant menu.
    He absolutely loved this dish (as did the rest of the family). We will definitely be making again!

        1. I agree too! The one with worcestershire sauce and original base. This is nothing like the old one! I haveNt been back to your sites and was just now checking if the old one had been posted in the meantime. Pls go back. Or offer us both, the healthy and not so healthy, but the BEST in the world!
          Thank you

  2. Can you possibly send me the original recipe. I cooked this quite a while ago and it was delicious. This time I wasn’t sure if I was adding chicken stock or not. I like the unhealthy version which isn’t a problem since we only have it once or twice a year. Thanks
    Pete

  3. 3 stars
    Prep time: 15 minutes? I think not. Unless you are an Iron Chef with excellent knife skills it will take you more than 15 minutes to slice the shallots and dice the onions; also get all the ingredients together (that is also preparation). Prep time was more like 30 to 45 minutes. Cooking and finishing touches (immersion blender time and preparing lobster was another 15 minutes. Chickpea flour does not taste the same as white flour even when properly cooked to remove floury taste. Part of the charm of lobster bisque is its buttery, cognac signature. This recipe is more a lobster bisque wannabe for someone who thinks everything should be gluten-free. Not necessarily so.

    1. 5 stars
      My 84 yo grandmother with arthritis can cut 1/2 a yellow onion 2 shallots and 4 garlic cloves in 15 minutes… get it together and stop complaining about everything!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I love finding and making new recipes from the web and have never left a review….ever, but this healthy bisque was one of the best things I’ve ever made. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of using paleo flour instead of chickpea. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for sharing this gem.

  5. Could I possibly get your original recipe. I make this every year for Christmas Eve and much to my surprise today, it’s not the same. My family will be terribly disappointed.

  6. Hi!!
    I always make your original recipe as a tradition every year at Christmas, and although I love clean eating the rest of the year this is our special splurge! Could you please send me your original recipe? My family loves it and in fact, I have so many guests I have to quadruple it and I don’t want to mess it up. Thanks so much!!
    Tamara

  7. Hello, I have been using your original lobster bisque recipe for the past three years. I’m not a fan of your updated healthy version. I’m a Mainer! lol…

    I make lobster bisque every Christmas as a tradition using your original recipe. Is there any chance I can get that from you, please?

    Thank you so much.
    Ela Mcdaniel

    Happy Holidays

  8. 5 stars
    Lacey,
    thanks for your attention to detail and for a very tempting “project recipe”. Your healthy eating tips are also very welcome as I have just read on other sites that this is a virtual health food! I am now enlightened.
    I will be buying some Chick pea flour today.

  9. 5 stars
    I was really surprised how much we loved this recipe! I accidentally added the paprika a step too early so my roux smelled a little… spicy at first. The coconut milk totally makes this dish.

    I didn’t use 8 lobster tails- I used one whole 1.5lb lobster, and that was plenty for us, and the whole can of coconut milk (including cream at the the top of the can). Also used regular flour instead of chickpea, added a half cup more of the stock, and used 2 tbsp tomato sauce instead of paste (opened up wrong can by accident and just went with it).

    Spicy, warm, rich… perfect with some crunchy bread on a cold night. Thanks!

  10. 5 stars
    Delicious!! I didnt have white wine or chick pea flour so I added a touch of vodka and thickened it with xanthan gum!!! Super easy will make again!!!!

  11. 5 stars
    I use the original recipe (footnoted at the bottom) but substitute some of the cream for milk. The sherry gives it a nice flavor but if I don’t have any on hand the dry vermouth works also. You can freeze the recipe before putting in the cream. When you want some bisque just steam a lobster tail, add the dairy and you’re done. Very simple and excellent.

  12. 5 stars
    It can only get better! I had four lobster tails in our freezer. I would guess they had been there for at least two years, probably more. I wanted to cook them to see if they were still good, so my husband mentioned “Lobster Bisque”. I made the Lobster Bisque according to your recipe, and it was GREAT!! Even with old lobster tails, it was GREAT!!! My husband and I were VERY PLEASED!!!! It was his birthday and I usually try to fix him lobster, so I gave it a shot. Thank you and I will make more.

  13. 5 stars
    Made this last night for my husbands birthday dinner and it was a true hit. It was so much easier than I thought a bisque would be and truly restaurant quality. Both my daughters requested it for Christmas and their birthdays!

  14. 5 stars
    This recipe was very user friendly and not difficult, my husband said yummy. I did use fat free half and half to keep the fat content down as a healthier dish. I made the stock from live lobsters which I bought my local grocery store which had an abundance of lobsters from New Years and had a managers special for 3.99 a pound. I did double the recipe and it came out fine. I saved some stock in case i needed to thicken the soup which i had to do so i used the extra lobster stock and corn starch mixture which worked great. I used three whole lobsters which gave me that extra stock, besides the fact that the sale was awesome so much more lobster meat in the soup. My husband is also bringing the bisque to work tomorrow to share with his collegues.

  15. 5 stars
    This was perfect! The hubby and I just finished 2 big bowls! The only thing is that I only had smoked paprika and the cheap cooking sherry. Luckily our local Fresh-Thyme market usually have lobster tails for under $5…so I also added another tail. It was quite filling. Thanks!!! (I cooked in my slippers too!)

  16. 5 stars
    I usually don’t even do comments, but this bisque deserves the time and effort to leave a review.
    This was this most outstanding bisque I have ever tasted! Me and my husband make it a point that every restaurant that we go to if there is bisque, we are ordering and always ready to critique! Well, I just made this for Christmas and me and my hubby agree, this is the best bisque we ever tasted! And he wants to know when I will make some more! Because my beloved lobster is not cheap (I paid $45 for 5 lobster tails!), I can only splurge on special occasions or when they go on sale, but I can’t wait to make this deliciousness again….great job and thanks for the share!

  17. Lobster Bisque Recipe
    Have you ever doubled the recipe?
    I’m having 20 people in Christmas Eve and we have a tasting type of menu. I will definitely need more than one batch.

    1. How many servings with this recipe. This is not indicated and can the soup be made ahead and frozen. Please advise asap as I’m looking at making the soup for Easter.

      1. Hi Sally! I’ve never tried to freeze it before, but I’d bet it would freeze well – just wait to add any coconut milk or cream until reheating time, as that won’t freeze quite as well.

  18. Hi, I think I made a mistake with the thyme. I bought thyme powder. I think I may have put too much. Is there a way to make this right? how much powder to the dried thyme?

    thanks!
    gina

  19. This recipe is fantastic! Don’t be fooled by the word “Easy” in the title! I followed the instructions to the letter and it is Absolutely the best bisque I have ever had!

  20. 5 stars
    One of my 82 year old Father’s favourite food memories was a lobster bisque with Saffron. I was very nervous trying this ; as I had never worked with lobster before. WOW! from everyone! The only thing I changed was a sprinkle of saffron on top prior to serving-for his memory. I should have commented when I first tried it (over a year now)…He asked me for it frequently and it will be his lunch this Sunday on Father’s Day!
    A Fabulous and “easy” as stated !
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    The first time I’ve done anything with lobster tails n oh boy did my husband love it!! Thank you for sharing the recipe!! It’s beyond great and is being enjoyed here in India too! ☺

  22. That’s such a very small amount of alcohol that it would not hurt a pregnant woman because the alcohol is cooked out when alcohol is used in cooking. I am not a drinker and certainly didn’t when I was pregnant, but this recipe is completely safe for a pregnant woman. If you are still concerned about it though, here are some other alternatives to try:

    Apple juice instead of cider
    Chicken broth instead of white wine
    Ginger ale instead of beer
    Orange juice or pineapple juice instead of sherry
    Apricot, peach or pear juice instead of brandy

  23. What do you do with lobsters you’ve caught in the Keys? Make this delicious lobster bisque recipe. I know cream and butter make everything delicous, but this is so good. I don’t change the recipe at all. We all love it!

  24. First off, Lacey you were right to avoid the alchohol when pregnant
    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/11/alcohol-doesnt-really-cook-out-of-food-in-most-cases/

    Second what type of white wine did you use a dry or a sweet?

  25. 4 stars
    So, instead of Cioppino which I make every year on Christmas Eve, I made a last minute change to lobster bisque since my family requested a change. I did not want to make the lobster base since I had longastino-chunks of lobster meat and no actual shells. I used a combination of vegetable stock and clam juice since no fish bullion could be found. 1 c veg stock and 1/2 c clam juice….it turned out awesome! My 3 picky teenagers and pickier husband all loved it! They all told me to add to my regular rotation! Not sure I will due to the cream, but every now and then is a definite! I tried to give 5 stars but would only let me rate it 4..

  26. ICYC, most of the alcohol cooks out, as with most all hot food recipes that call for it, so you could have eaten it when pregnant.

    If you can serve it to a kid, you can eat it pregnant. I’ve never heard that kids can’t eat lobster bisque. My daughter loves it.

  27. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I tried it the first time with lobster tails, but would I be able to use whole lobsters instead of just the tail? If so, should 1 lobster cover this recipe?

  28. What do you suggest for making this 1 day advance of serving? Can I still cook the Lobster, give it an ice bath, refrigerate and then add to the soup when re-warming on the stove top? Thanks

    1. Jim, while I haven’t tried it myself to be certain, yes I would go ahead and cook the lobster ahead of time like you suggest – especially since you need that flavor for the stock. I have had leftovers of the completed soup a day or two after and the lobster is still tender so it might not be necessary to go to the trouble of the ice bath, though. I’d love to know how it turns out 🙂

  29. Hi Lacey, this recipe sounds delicious. Want to make it for a party, but do you think I could make it a couple days in advance and refrigerate it?
    Thanks.

  30. this was the best and easy recipe to follow, i added a little fresh sweet corn and made fresh corn fritters as a garnish

  31. If one buys the pre-cooked Lobster, then we don’t have shells to use.
    I do have Lobster Better than Bouillon, so I will be using this.
    I will try to come back to report how much I used.

  32. 5 stars
    I made this last night. Fantastic! I will make this again and again! I think I will try adding shrimp, scallops and crab meat for a seafood bisque.

  33. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. So easy! I used 4 smaller tails and cut back just a touch on the heavy cream. My boyfriend asks me to make this for him all the time now it’s his new favorite!

  34. I made this exactly as the recipe and it was AMAZING! I’m going to make it again tonight but wondered about doubling or tripling the recipe…is it just straight forward tripling or do the ingredients need to be modified a bit?

  35. 5 stars
    Yum!! I just made this with a few tails that were still too frozen to make along with Valentine’s dinner yesterday. I did add more of the lobster base to stretch the soup farther – so maybe not as thick, but it was still very tasty and rich like lobster bisque should be.

  36. Made this last night for an anniversary dinner. Easy and delicious!

    I used two 8oz tails because that’s how they came packaged and at $12.99 a package, two didn’t fit my budget. Next time–and there will be a next time!–I’ll budget accordingly because more meat would have been better. I’ll also try a regular blender because I couldn’t get the base as smooth as I wanted it with an immersion blender. The soup was super rich and tasty, and there’s about two cups left over for lunch! Thanks, Lacey.

  37. 5 stars
    This looks amazing. Planning on making it on Valentines Day. Do you think it’s way too heavy to work as an appetizer? I was planning on using 2 8oz lobster tails and then cutting the recipe in half. Is all this a terrible idea?

    Thanks!

  38. 5 stars
    Made this last week and my partner and I about died from how GOOD it was! I’ve always loved your blog and your fabulous recipes so I don’t know why I was surprised but WOW what a home run!

    Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to try the beef-queso dip!

    Longtime reader, K

  39. Can any leftovers be stored in the refrigerator and reheated the next day? Would it still have same flavor, texture, etc?

    1. Hi Renee. Good question. Have you ever tried using gluten-free flour? I have used King Arthur’s GF Multi Purpose flour with a lot of success. The flour is used to thicken the bisque so you could also try replacing with cornstarch. Good luck!

    2. For this recipe substituting GF flour will work just the same as regular flour. I don’t recommend omitting it nor would I substitute corn starch.

  40. Hi,
    Just a quick question as I am picking up what I need to make this recipe- I have White Wine Vinegar at home- is that the same as the white wine or do I need to actually buy white wine?
    Thanks! Kristin

  41. Oh my goodness! Bought lobster tails to broil-but today was a “soup” kind of day (even in Houston, Texas ). Made this exactly as written-dinner was a huge hit for this first night of 2015! Thanks for sharing -WILL make again. Have a blessed new year.

  42. What is the measurement for the lobster base? I thought I was seeing things so I switched to my laptop and the recipe is still the same. It says 1 1/s cups lobster base. I’m sure this makes a difference in how watery the bisque comes out. Thank you!

  43. 5 stars
    I could probably stand to figure out a better setting to use on my Kitchen Aid blender, but this was incredibly good. Just because I like mine with a little kick, instead of the tabasco sauce I used chili garlic sauce. Turned out amazing.

  44. 5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING – I used leftover lobsters from our Christmas Eve dinner for the meat and broth and it came out great! My entire family raved about it. Thank you for sharing it!

  45. I’m confused! Step two says to sauté shallots, onions, etc., but that portion is never referenced again! Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Dave! Sorry to have confused you. I;ve updated the recipe instructions to hopefully make it clearer. The flour gets added to the onion-shallot-garlic mixture while you prepare the lobster base. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      1. My wife and I recently discovered how good Lobster Bisque could be (Lobster Hut, Plymouth, MA) and I thought I would take a crack at making some for her…
        The instructions seem pretty straight-forward except for one part that I am a little confused on. What do you do with the onion-shallot-garlic mixture while you prepare the lobster base? Leave it over heat, take it off heat but leave in pan, something else? It seems like it will take at least 15 minutes to make the base and if the onion-shallot-garlic mixture cooked that whole time, it would be way over-cooked. Could you make the base before starting the and have it at the ready? Thanks.

        1. Hi Ryan – thanks for the feedback! To make it clearer, I changed the recipe to have you make the lobster base before starting to cook the onion and shallot. Hopefully, this makes more sense 🙂

          Enjoy!

  46. 5 stars
    I tried this for the 1st time tonight & even though i missed a few ingredients (twekked for the Lil ones) it was delicious! Definitely one that will go in my recipe book as a must have.

  47. Made this tonight. It was delicious! Two lobster tails would have been plenty of meat though. Will keep this recipe for sure.

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