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Shrimp Bisque

Shrimp Bisque

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About 6-8 Servings



1 ½-2 pounds of shrimp shelled, deveined (reserve shells)


Olive oil

1 large onion

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

1 small red jalapeno pepper (optional)

2 cloves of garlic, peeled & diced


1 (14 ½-ounce or 16-ounce) can tomatoes

2-2 ½ cups of vegetable stock

1 cup of dry white wine

2 Tbsp dry sherry

¼ cup long-grain rice


Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper

Curry (2 pinches)


2 Bay leafs


1 ½-2 cups low-fat milk



Clean and chop all vegetables and set aside.


In large pot over medium-high heat, add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add shrimp shells and cook until pink, stirring constantly with slotted spoon. Discard shells, leaving flavored oil in pot.


Add shrimp to flavored oil and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Spoon into separate bowl.


Reduce heat to medium. Add more olive oil and the chopped vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.


Stir in tomatoes, stock, wine, sherry, rice, spices and shrimp/oil mixture, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.


Discard bay leafs. Spoon about a cup of mixture into blender. Cover and blend at low speed until smooth. Return blended mixture to pot. Repeat with remaining shrimp mixture.


Add low-fat milk to soup. Over medium heat, bring just to boiling, then reduce temperature & serve.


Cooking Tips:

  • You can use this same recipe to make other types of bisques including lobster and crab.
  • For a true New England classic, serve with oyster crackers.


David H. Rahm, M.D. is the founder and medical director of The Wellness Center, a medical clinic located in Long Beach, CA. Dr. Rahm is also president and medical director of VitaMedica. Dr. Rahm is one of a select group of conventional medical doctors who have education and expertise in functional medicine and nutritional science. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Rahm has published articles in the plastic surgery literature and educated physicians about the importance of good peri-operative nutrition.