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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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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.