There is nothing better on a cold, freezing day than a steaming bowl of soup. And not just any soup, but seafood soup. Loaded with fish, shrimp, lobster, clams, and mussels, seafood soup and stews are not only delicious but incredibly versatile. The best part is that you can prepare them in about 20 minutes.
Whether you’re looking for a new lunch idea to keep you warm on a cold day, want an elegant starter to kick start your meals, or looking to explore global flavors, here are the best seafood soups and stews to try for practically any occasion.
Lobster Bisque is a classic entrée of French origin. It contains one of the great kitchen cheats of all time: a classy creamy yet smooth, highly seasoned soup made from fresh lobster meat. But you can also use the same recipe with shrimps, crabs, or crayfish. The key here is building flavors from crustaceans by simmering with aromatics to create an intensely flavored stock, which is strained out, simmered, and pureed.
How to Make Lobster Bisque
- Start by boiling the lobster tails (shell and meat) in salted water for about 5 minutes – long enough until the shells turn bright red. Remove the lobster and let it cool. Make sure you reserve the steaming liquid.
- Once it has cooled, twist off the claws and tails (including knuckles) from the lobster. Place the tail on a hard surface and using your hands, press down and crack the shell then push out the meat. Slice the meat and refrigerate. Coarsely chop the meat into bite-sized pieces and reserve, along with all the lobster remains.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, carrot, vegetables, and garlic and cook until softened. Slowly add wine, if using any, and cook for a minute. Add the crushed lobster shells and remains then sauté for about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, followed by the lobster stock. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then add butter and cream, let it melt, then remove from the stove.
- In a blender, puree the batches until it becomes smooth. Strain the broth through a medium-mesh sieve to extrude as much liquid as possible. Still in the sherry and cream, season to taste with pepper and salt, then gently simmer. Add the lobster meat and sauté for about 2 minutes.
- Serve the bisque into a bowl and top with reserved lobster meat and chives
Down East Clam Chowder
To ensure your Down East Clam Chowder comes out perfect, use clams that you may have dug yourself after dropping anchor in a secluded bay.
How to Make Down East Clam Chowder
- In a large saucepan or pot, pour clams and add a cup of water. Cover it up, boil, and cook until the shells open. Let it cool, shuck the clams, and put it aside. Pour off the broth and preserve.
- In a saucepan, fry the pork over medium heat until crispy. Add onion and butter, cook until tender.
- Add the clams with their juices, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook gently until the clams are tender.
- Add potatoes and stir gently to combine. Then add the clam broth and pour enough water to cover up the potatoes. Let them simmer until tender and thick.
- Pour the milk and let it simmer. Stir in clams, soup. Then add butter lat. Simmer for a couple of minutes until the butter is fully melted. Add seasoning – salt and pepper and stir until it combines.
- Serve into a bowl and sprinkle the crumbled bacon and parsley. Enjoy!
Maine Seafood Stew
Maine lobster stew is a brothy, creamy soup than a thick stew. It consists of lobster meat, vegetables, and other seafood types like mussels, scallops, and clams served in a flavorful broth. That said, there are some secrets to making it a really-good tasting soup.
- Make the steam a day ahead and refrigerate it
- Use the lobster shells to make a flavorful lobster stock
- Add some tomalley (a green paste found inside a cooked lobster)
Steps for Seafood Stew
- In a large saucepan, melt about 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat.
- Add the onions, sauté and stir, until it becomes soft.
- Add the lobster meat or the seafood of your choice and toss until coated with butter.
- Add the lobster stock, sherry, salt, black pepper, potatoes, and cayenne pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the paprika and cream, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chives.
- Ladle the stew into bowls, add extra seasoning, and serve with fresh crusty bread or oyster crackers.
Fresh Maine Seafood Right at Your Doorstep for Your Soup and Stew Needs
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