Crab Bisque Recipe

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Crab Bisque
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  1. If using live crabs, add to pot of boiling water using tongs. Cover pot and cook over high heat until crab shells are red, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain crabs in a colander.
  2. Put crabs (cooked or frozen uncooked) into a large metal roasting pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and pound shells with meat pounder to crush (including claws).
  3. Heat butter and oil in same pot over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then cook onion, carrot, celery, and garlic with bay leaf, thyme, clove, peppercorns, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add Cognac, wine, and crushed crabs and bring to a boil. Add broth and water and return to a boil. Skim foam, then simmer, covered, stirring and skimming occasionally, 1 hour.
  4. Put colander in a large bowl, then drain crab broth, reserving solids for crab butter (if making). Transfer broth to a medium saucepan.
  5. Ladle out 2 cups broth and transfer to a 1-quart saucepan. Add rice and simmer, covered, until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes (not all of liquid will be absorbed).
  6. Blend together rice with cooking liquid and 1 cup more crab broth in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), then add to remaining broth in medium saucepan.
  7. Just before serving, reheat bisque over medium heat until hot, then stir in tarragon, lemon juice, cayenne, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  8. Ladle bisque into bowls and spoon a little crabmeat into center, then drizzle with some of crab butter (if making).
  9. Cooks' note: Bisque, without tarragon, lemon juice, final seasoning, crabmeat, and crab butter, can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, uncovered, until cool, then covered. Thin slightly with water if necessary while reheating, then proceed with recipe.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 394.99 Kcal (1654 kJ)
Calories from fat 82.91 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.21g 14%
Cholesterol 178.33mg 59%
Sodium 140.74mg 6%
Potassium 139.45mg 3%
Total Carbs 3.82g 1%
Sugars 1.44g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Protein 56.19g 112%
Vitamin C 2.5mg 4%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Calcium 36.9mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 73.18 Kcal (306 kJ)
Calories from fat 15.36 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.71g 14%
Cholesterol 33.04mg 59%
Sodium 26.07mg 6%
Potassium 25.84mg 3%
Total Carbs 0.71g 1%
Sugars 0.27g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.13g 3%
Protein 10.41g 112%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 4%
Calcium 6.8mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.5
  • 8

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium,
  • sugar free

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