Easy Crab Bisque Recipe (30-Minute Chowder)

Easy Crab Bisque Recipe (30-Minute Chowder)

Rich and creamy crab bisque made with chunks of freshly cracked Alaskan king crab meat can be on your table in 30 minutes. Use up last night’s leftovers. It’s one of my favorite leftover crab recipes!

Side view of blue and white bowl filled with crab soup

It’s not very often we have leftovers from a crab crack. But when we do we can’t toss that sweet meat. It’s too precious and too delicious.

Crab bisque certainly gives clam chowder a run for its money.

This soup a perfect way to warm up in the winter as well as serve as a starter for a summer dinner. This is a great recipe that will please any seafood lover.

Spoonful of crab bisque hovering over bowl

Is crab bisque easy to make?

Hearty and easy to make, this creamy crab bisque recipe will remind you of summers at the beach.

Simply made with onions and carrots, this chowder is enhanced by the sweet meat of Alaskan King crab.

Once you try it, you’ll definitely be making it again.

Two bowls of crab chowder on white and blue napkin

What does crab bisque taste like?

This creamy soup is delicious, rich and creamy and made with fresh lump crab meat, cream or whole milk and a bit of sherry for that umami flavor. It’s better than any seafood chowder.

What you’ll need to make this creamy crab bisque

Fresh Lump CrabmeatNow this bisque will work with any kind of crab meat, such as Maryland blue crabs or Dungeness crabs. But our crab crack was with Alaskan King crab. My opinion is that it is superior to all other crab meat and it’s always a good thing when you can find a great deal at your wholesale warehouse club.

Onion. I always stick to sweet Vidalia white onion because it’s my favorite.

Carrots. Grab a bag and get chopping.

Broth. I used chicken broth for this recipe because it’s what I had in the pantry, but seafood stock would intensify the flavor.

Cream. You’ll need heavy cream or whole milk for this recipe.

Butter. This is probably already in your fridge. Grab one stick.

Flour. This should already be a pantry staple.

Lemon. Fresh is best. It makes the flavor just pop in this bisque.

Sherry. Cooking sherry or white wine works if you don’t have sherry.

Worcestershire sauce. Lea & Perrins is my go-to.

Cayenne pepper, old bay, hot sauce or creole seasoning. Just a small amount to give this soup a kick of heat.

Overhead photo of bowl of crab chowder on white and blue napkin

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Creamy Crab Bisque (30-Minute Recipe)

Rich and creamy crab bisque made with chunks of freshly cracked Alaskan King crab meat can be on your table in 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Crab Bisque
Servings: 6
Author: Ali Randall


  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or Old Bay seasoning
  • 1.5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cooking sherry
  • 12 ounces Alaskan King crabmeat, chopped


  • Sauté the carrots and the onion in 2 tablespoons of butter in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven on medium heat until soft. Set aside. Next, create a white roux mixing together the remaining flour and butter until cooked through and browned being careful not to burn.
  • Slowly pour in the chicken broth whisking consistently until smooth. Add the onions and carrots and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients including the crab meat and simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh black pepper or white pepper and dried parsley. Store the leftovers in an airtight container.
Creamy Crab Bisque | Rich and creamy crab bisque made with chunks of freshly cracked Alaskan King crab meat can be on your table in 30 minutes.

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