Recipe: Tomato Basil Crab Bisque
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Tomato Basil Crab Bisque recipe

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 Tomato Basil Crab Bisque

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 12 ounces fresh Dungeness crabmeat
  • 1 tomato, seeded, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups clam-tomato juice (such as Clamato)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup clam juice
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add ¾ of the crabmeat, (reserving ¼ of it, the largest chunks), the tomato, 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, and garlic. Sauté 2 minutes. Whisk in flour; stir 2 minutes. Whisk in clam-tomato juice and next 5 ingredients.


Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Cool soup slightly. Puree soup in batches in blender until smooth.


Return soup to pot. Stir in 3/4 cup water and lemon juice; bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Divide soup among 6 bowls. Sprinkle with remaining crab chunks and 3 tablespoons basil and serve.


Can be prepared 1 day ahead, just chill uncovered, and simmer to reheat