What is Bisque?

Bisque is a smooth, creamy and rich highly seasoned soup of French origin, made from pureed shellfish. It popularly made from Crayfish, lobster or crab. White wine and/or Cognac and cream, is often added to the soup.

In an authentic bisque, the shells of the fish are also ground to a fine paste and added to thicken the soup. Making bisque, was a way of using imperfect shellfish not pretty enough, to be marketed.

Bisque is traditionally served in a two-handled cup on a saucer, or in a mug. The soup is garnished with finely diced shellfish flesh.

The word was originally used to describe a highly spiced dish of boiled meat or game.(Larrouse Gastronomique).

Photo by Stu-Spivack Lobster_bisque (CC by SA 2.0)

Other Cream Based Soups

The word Bisque is also used to refer to pureed, cream based soups, made from squash, tomato, mushroom or red pepper.

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