30 Minute Dungeness Crab Bisque Recipe


My brother-in-law is a fisherman off the coast of Northern California. Last time we went for a visit he told me I could take home all the Dungeness Crab I could peel. It is a salty, smelly, finger-numbing task, but the thought of having fresh crab in my Tennessee freezer was exhilarating! After I stuffed my belly with more crab than I would like to admit, I was able to take home about 6 pounds. One of these pounds I turned into this velvety crab bisque. It was the perfect light soup for a cold night. Here’s how I made it:

To start, grab a large pot and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Then add in 4 minced shallots and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic. Let these saute for about 2 to 3 minutes until they are translucent. Stir in a tablespoon of tomato paste and let it cook 30 seconds more. Pour in 1/4 cup of whiskey (a bourbon also works) and use a wooden spoon to scrap all those yummy bits of the sides of the pot. Let this mixture cook down for about a minute and then add in 2 cups of coconut milk and 4 cups of chicken broth. Mix it slowly until it comes to a boil.

Once the crab bisque has boiled, turn off the heat and add half of the crab. Transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree the chunks of crab. The mixture should be smooth and a deep orange color. If using a blender, return the crab bisque to the pot and add in the remaining crab. Pour in a tablespoon of lemon juice and stir everything together.

These are the bowls I served my husband and I. I always make my kids try everything atleast once, but I had a feeling they wouldn’t care for the sophisticated taste. It turned out that my daughter loved the crab bisque and ate an entire bowl, but for my boys I made something easy and delicious like my 3 Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese. They never turn down gooey noodles covered in cheese!

I scooped up the velvety crab bisque into personal sized soup bowls and garnished them with chives or green onions. I used these cute little soup bowls that aren’t overly big. They help this foodie with portion control!

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Velvety Dungeness Crab Bisque Recipe

This velvety smooth crab bisque is the perfect soup for any fish lover! It is perfect for an appetizer or as a light dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 lb cooked lump crab meat such as Dungeness
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 minced shallots
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Chives or green onions for garnish


  • In a large pot, melt the butter and saute the shallots and garlic for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook 30 seconds more.
  • Pour in the whiskey to deglaze the pot and let the mixture cook down for about a minute.
  • Add in the coconut milk and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, turn off the heat and add in 1/2 the crab meat.
  • Use a blender or immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth.
  • Return the crab bisque to the pot and add in the remaining crab along with the lemon juice.
  • Dish up into personalized soup bowls and garnish with chopped chives.


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