Shrimp Bisque

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


Shrimp bisque is great for a weekend get-together or to surprise a loved one.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 MAGGI Chicken Flavor Bouillon Cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine or water


MELT 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shrimp, onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp turn pink. Remove from saucepan; set aside.

MELT remaining butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in water, ketchup, bouillon, bay leaf, seasoned salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in evaporated milk and wine. Heat through; do not boil.


by K. Kate , Grafton, NY on Jun. 2011

I forgot how much I like this recipe. I've been making it for years. I needed something quick for dinner tonight and remembered this recipe.

Million Dollar Taste!

by N. Nancy , Yorba Linda on Oct. 2009

This is an incrediably easy recipe with million dollar taste! I added bay scallops, a dash of chopped celery, even left over fish fillets to make it into a seafood bisque and the result is delicious!

Excellent Bisque

by H. Hilary , Saint Louis, MO on Jan. 2009

This recipe is one of the best shrimp bisque recipes I've encountered. It's very easy to make and keeps well for leftovers. I truly recommend trying this recipe.


by K. , on Sep. 2008


Shrimp Bisque

by B. BETTY , TEXAS CITY, TX on Jun. 2008

This is a great recipe. It was very easy to make and quite tasty. I added a can of lump crab meat and since I didn't have evaporated milk I used half & half. Delicious!

Super quick and tasty

by i. , Medford NY on Jan. 2008

Fabulous..... this was the easiest and quickest shrimp bisque ever. Very delicious. Instead of ketchup I used tomato paste and a dash of hot sauce. The family enjoyed this recipe.

shrimp bisque

by l. linda , SHIRLEY, NY on Jan. 2008

Absolutley the best- needs to be in my favorite resturant

M.McNeill, WV

by m. michelle , MORGANTOWN, WV on Jan. 2008

Such a great soup! My husband loved this. I added some old bay seasoning & a few green chilies. My husband said "It's sweet & spicy at the same time!" It has a smooth texture too! This is a favorite at our house.

family favorite

by b. , dallas tx on Dec. 2007

I have been making this recipe for christmas for my family for the past 3 years and it has become a new tradition for our family. We are originally from Chile and are accustomed to eating fresh seafood for christmas dinner. This has been a wonderful addition to our dinner table.

Add a little spice

by S. Sandy , FOREST HILL, MD on Dec. 2007

My family and I love this recipe. I always double it and instead of using seasoned salt, I substitute Old Bay Seasoning. Gives is an extra kick that we really like.