Maine Lobster Tail Bisque (French Style)
This French style lobster bisque is a luxurious and flavorful dish, perfect for a special occasion or when you want to treat yourself to something truly special. The tender lobster meat and creamy bisque come together to create an unforgettable flavor experience. Enjoy!
- 2 Maine lobster tails, 5-6oz each
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 1 cup white wine
- 4 cups fish stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
- Heavy cream, for garnish
Begin by removing the lobster meat from the tails, making sure to reserve the shells. Cut the lobster meat into small pieces and set it aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic, cooking until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes.
Stir in the dried thyme, paprika, and tomato paste, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Add the white wine, allowing it to simmer until it has reduced by half.
Add the fish stock and lobster shells, bring to a simmer and let cook for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the solids and reserving the liquid.
Place the strained liquid back in the saucepan and stir in the heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Stir in the reserved lobster meat and cook until heated through, about 2-3 minutes.
Serve the bisque in bowls, garnishing each with a drizzle of heavy cream and a sprinkle of fresh parsley.