Delicious Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque Recipe

Welcome, my culinary companions! Are you ready to embark on a journey of flavor that will excite your taste buds like never before? Then, you are in the right place. Today, I present to you the ultimate delicacy from the heart of Louisiana – Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque.

Before we continue, let me tell you that there is nothing quite like a perfectly made bisque. It is creamy, indulgent, and guaranteed to satisfy every craving. But what makes a bisque truly stand out from the rest? The secret lies in the delicate balance between rich flavors and aromatic spices.

As an experienced chef who loves throwing parties, I have spent countless hours perfecting this recipe for Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque. And trust me, it is worth every minute of preparation. So without further ado, let’s dive into the ingredients and unearth what makes this bisque so irresistible!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque
Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque

Are you looking for a meal that combines creamy, soulful flavor with tangy, salty zest? Look no further than the Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque recipe! Not only is this dish easy to make, but it also packs a punch of fresh seafood euphoria.

One of the best things about this bisque recipe is its versatility. With ingredients like fresh shrimp or crawfish tails, fish and seafood lovers alike will be able to enjoy their favorite flavors together in a mouth-watering soup. Plus, the chicken broth and half-and-half cream work together to create a rich base that complements the seafood perfectly.

Furthermore, this seafood bisque is perfect for impressing your guests at your next party. The striking colors of the red bell pepper and green onion give it an elegant presentation that will make your dinner setting stand out from the rest. As a bonus point, this dish pairs phenomenally with any salad or bread you serve on the side, so you can bring a unique taste that will leave all your guests licking their bowls clean!

Don’t hesitate to try this crawfish bisque recipe or experiment with some variations of your own. So why wait? Grab the ingredients and let’s get cooking!

Ingredient List

“Dive into a bowl of creamy goodness with our Crawfish and Shrimp Bisque!”

Get ready to stock up your kitchen!
Here’s a checklist of everything you’ll need to make this mouth-watering Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque Recipe. Before we dive into the recipe, keep in mind that some ingredients can be substituted or varied to achieve personal preferences.

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 pound or 16 oz. of fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound or 16 oz. of crawfish tails
  • 4 cups of chicken broth {or crawfish stock for an extra southern flare}
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cans or 21 oz. cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can or 21 oz. cream of celery soup
  • 1 can or 10 oz. condensed cream of potato soup
  • 1 can or 10 oz. condensed tomato soup

Vegetable Mix:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 green pepper, diced small
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Green onions, sliced


  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Cajun or Creole seasoning (optional)


  • Half-and-half cream
  • Butter

Note: if you’re using canned soups in this recipe, be sure to check that your chosen brand is gluten-free if that’s important to you.

The Recipe How-To

“Elevate your dinner party with this elegant bisque.”

Now that you have the ingredient list ready, it’s time to get your hands dirty! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make this crawfish and shrimp bisque recipe just like a pro.

Prep Time:

  • Approximately 30 minutes

Cook Time:

  • Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes


  • 1 quart of crawfish stock
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced small
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • Meats from both one pound of fresh shrimp and one pound of crawfish tails
  • Two cans of cream mushroom soup (10.3 ounces each)
  • One can of cream celery soup (10.3 ounces)
  • Two cups of frozen corn kernels or fresh ones
  • One pint (16 oz) of half-and-half cream

Cooking Directions

  1. Melt butter in a 4-quart Dutch oven or any large saucepan over medium-high heat.

  2. Sauté the onions, garlic, celery, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper in melted butter until soft for about ten minutes.

  3. Stir in crawfish tails and all fresh shrimps until they turn pink.

  4. Pour in chicken broth into the pan then add cream mushroom soup and cream celery soup into it.

  5. Continue stirring until the mixture boils then reduce heat to a medium-low heat.

  6. In a separate pot or pan over high heat cook corn kernels until they are tender.

  7. Add cooked corn kernels slowly to the saucepan’s mixture while stirring frequently.

  8. Let it simmer for one hour or more to help thicken the consistency.

  9. Add half-and-half cream; let it boil for another ten minutes until it reaches desired thickness.

Congratulations! You now have an amazing crawfish and shrimp bisque recipe that everyone will enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“The perfect meal on a chilly night – Crawfish and Shrimp Bisque!”

When it comes to cooking, sometimes you just don’t have all the ingredients you need. Don’t let that stop you from making this incredible Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try, without sacrificing any of the flavour.

Firstly, if you don’t have fresh shrimp on hand, you can use frozen ones. Just be sure to thaw them properly before adding them into the bisque. And if crawfish tails aren’t available, simply substitute them with meat from crab or shrimp.

In addition, if you’re looking to make a healthier version of this recipe, try using half-and-half cream instead of heavy cream. Alternatively, if you’re looking to add more depth of flavor to your bisque, saute some diced bacon or pancetta until crispy and add it into the recipe.

If you want to experiment with different types of soups, try substituting a can of chicken broth with a can of creamy tomato soup or corn chowder. This will also give your soup a thicker texture and an extra punch of flavor.

For those who prefer spicier dishes, add in some Cajun or Creole seasoning to your bisque while cooking for an added kick. Or try making an easy variation by adding corn to your crawfish bisque with shrimp for a new twist on the classic recipe.

The possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe! Try out different variations and see which one suits your taste buds best.

Serving and Pairing

“Savor the savory flavors of tender shrimp and succulent crawfish in every bite.”

Now that you’ve made this delicious Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque, it’s time to serve it up! This bisque is best served hot and with some crusty toasted bread on the side. The bread will be perfect for soaking up every last bit of the soup.

To really elevate the flavors of this dish, I recommend pairing it with a crisp white wine or a light beer. The acidity of the wine or beer will help balance out the richness of the bisque.

This soup is perfect to serve as an appetizer or as a main course for a cozy dinner party. For a more casual gathering, consider serving it in small cups or bowls, so your guests can sip and enjoy while mingling.

If you want to add some extra pizzazz to your meal, try topping each serving with some lightly sautéed crawfish tails for an added layer of flavor and texture.

Enjoy your Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque with loved ones and feel proud knowing you created such a delicious seafood bisque recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Add a touch of Cajun spice to your soup bowl with our delicious bisque.”

Now that you’ve made this delicious Crawfish and Shrimp Bisque, it’s time to plan ahead. You might want to make an extra batch or leftovers to enjoy the next day. Luckily, this bisque recipe can be easily stored and reheated with success.

When making this bisque soup in advance, it’s best to refrigerate it as soon as it cools down to room temperature. Transfer it into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. It should last for up to two days before it starts to spoil. For longer storage, freeze it instead.

To reheat, pour the bisque into a large pot on low heat and stir slowly until it’s warmed through. Do not boil the bisque as it can burn quickly and lose its flavor. Alternatively, you can reheat individual servings in a microwave-safe dish. Use medium power and short intervals then stir occasionally until heated through.

If your bisque needs thinning or lost its creaminess during storage, try adding a splash of half-and-half cream or chicken broth while reheating.

You can also transform the leftover bisque into other types of soup such as corn bisque, lobster soup, creamy tomato seafood chowder or crab bisque by combining it with other ingredients or by tweaking some of the measurements.

Storing and reheating Crawfish and Shrimp Bisque might seem intimidating at first but with these simple tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy the rich flavors of this Louisiana seafood bisque recipe anytime you like.

Tips for Perfect Results

“You won’t believe the depth of flavor in each spoonful of our Crawfish and Shrimp Bisque!”

Cooking Crawfish and Shrimp Bisque can be an enjoyable experience, but it’s important to get the recipe right for perfect results. To ensure you cook up a mouthwatering dish every time, here are some tips to follow:

1. Use Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients are crucial to creating a delicious seafood bisque recipe. Go for fresh shrimp and crawfish instead of frozen ones. If you can’t find fresh seafood, high-quality frozen shrimp and crawfish tails also work well.

2. Use High-Quality Broth

Using high-quality chicken broth or homemade crawfish stock can have a significant impact on the taste and flavor of the bisque. Make sure that the broth is not too salty, as the other ingredients will also add salt to the dish.

3. Keep an Eye on Your Heat

When you’re cooking bisque or any seafood recipe, use medium-high heat rather than high heat. This ensures the ingredients cook slowly and release their natural flavors into the broth rather than getting burnt.

4. Be Careful with Thickeners

It’s easy to make Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque too thick by using too much flour or cornstarch as thickeners. Be careful with your measurements and don’t overdo it, or else you’ll end up with a starchy bisque.

5. Don’t Overcook Your Seafood

Shrimp and crawfish cook quickly, so don’t overcook them in the soup – they should only be added during the last few minutes of cooking. Overcooking your seafood will ruin both their flavor and texture.

6. Add Cream at The Right Time

For optimal texture and taste, add half-and-half cream during the final moments of cooking – this ensures that it doesn’t curdle by making sure that the temperature is reduced before adding cream.

By following these tips and keeping things simple, you’ll create a perfect Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque every time that will leave all your guests wanting more!


As with any recipe, there may be some common questions that arise during the cooking process. To help with this, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to ensure that your Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque turns out perfect every time. So, let’s dive right in!

What is the key ingredient in bisque?

Bisque, a creamy soup that is delightfully decadent and packed with flavor, is typically centered around shellfish, such as lobster or crab. Sometimes, other ingredients like pumpkin, tomato, or chicken are incorporated for variety. Regardless of the central ingredient, bisque is a dish that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.

What makes a bisque different from soup?

When it comes to soups that are commonly served at gatherings, two well-loved options are bisque and chowder. While both are flavorful, they differ in one significant aspect. A bisque is typically made with vegetables or seafood and often incorporates wine. After being blended, it is enriched with cream, resulting in a velvety texture that pairs best with a piece of fancy toast.

What is crawfish bisque made of?

Crawfish Bisque is the ruler of Cajun food. This dish includes emptied crawfish heads that are packed with a mouth-watering filling created from finely ground crawfish tails, vegetables, and seasonings. It is simmered to perfection in a roux based bisque that features the trinity (onion, green bell pepper, celery) cooked down with a blend of herbs and spices infused in a flavorful crawfish stock. This recipe is sure to impress any party guest.

What makes bisque thick?

Bisques are a popular type of soup that are often thickened using rice. There are two common methods for thickening the soup with rice, either by cooking the rice in the broth and straining it out later to use the leftover starch, or by pureeing the rice directly into the soup. To achieve a smooth and silky texture, most bisques are finished off with a generous amount of hot cream.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, if you’re looking for a recipe that’s sure to knock the socks off your guests’ taste buds, look no further than this Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque Recipe. Not only will it transport their palates to the deep Louisiana bayous, but it’s also an easy-to-follow recipe that can be tailored to your preferences and dietary restrictions.

Whether you’re serving it as an appetizer or entrée, this bisque made with fresh shrimp and crawfish meat, creamy half-and-half, and flavorful herbs and spices will have your guests asking for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).

And with the helpful tips and substitutions provided in this article, you can make this bisque recipe truly your own. So what are you waiting for? Grab a quart Dutch oven, melt some unsalted butter, and get cooking! I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque

Crawfish & Shrimp Bisque Recipe

So good you'll want to slap yo mama! This recipe makes enough for a dinner party or to share with family and friends. I suppose you can try to reduce the ingredients but I never have and all is gone in a couple of days.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Appetizer/Soup
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 gallons
Calories 8043.5 kcal


  • 4 (10 ounce) cans cambell's cream of potato soup
  • 1 (10 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Tony Chachere's Seasoning
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 large stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and black pepper
  • 6 cups frozen corn
  • 2 lbs louisiana crawfish tails with fat
  • 2 lbs fresh shrimp, peeled. If very large shrimp, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 pint half-and-half cream


  • Combine in a very large pot and heat just to boiling and then simmer covered --
  • 4 cans Cambell's cream of potato soup.
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup.
  • 1 can cream of celery soup.
  • 1 quart chicken broth.
  • 2 tablespoons Tony Chachere's.
  • Meanwhile, sautee the following vegetables in olive oil --
  • 1 large white onion, chopped.
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped.
  • 1 green pepper, chopped.
  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped.
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic.
  • salt & black pepper.
  • When the vegetables are soft, add to simmering pot.
  • And add 6-8 cups frozen corn.
  • Simmer covered for at least two hours --
  • Then add --
  • 2 pounds Louisiana crawfish tails with fat.
  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled. If very large shrimp, cut into bite size chunks.
  • Simmer covered for 15-20 minutes --
  • Turn off heat and add 1 pint of 1/2 & 1/2 cream.
  • Stir to heat through and serve.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 6496gCalories: 8043.5kcalCarbohydrates: 276.7gProtein: 184.8gFat: 695.9gSaturated Fat: 340.4gCholesterol: 1758.8mgSodium: 11881.4mgFiber: 25.7gSugar: 31.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Crawfish, Creole
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