Curried Lobster Bisque

30 minutes to roast lobster shells
60-80 minutes to cook
Total time: 1 hour and 30-50 minutes

8 cups

30 minutes to roast lobster shells
60-80 minutes to cook
Total time: 1 hour and 30-50 minutes

8 cups
The rich flavor of this dairy-free, curried lobster bisque is worth the time and effort.  It reheats easily, so it can be made ahead of time and warmed while you entertain.


  • 3 live chick lobsters, steamed* (carefully save all broth and shells)
  • 2 large onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large carrots, washed and cut into 4 pieces each
  • 2 large stalks celery, washed and cut into 4 pieces each
  • 5 large whole garlic cloves
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2-15 oz cans seafood stock
  • 1 1/2 cups Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1-bunch cilantro, stems and leaves, divided
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Red Curry Paste
  • 1-13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • *Steamed lobsters from the market (when on sale) are a time saver and cost effective!


  1. Separate lobster meat from shells, over a bowl to save all broth. Refrigerate meat and broth, separately. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Put all shells, onions, carrots, celery, garlic and thyme in a roasting pan. Add 1 cup water and roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour contents of roasting pan into a soup pot. Add seafood stock, 4 cups water, wine, salt, peppercorns, stems of cilantro, bay leaf and reserved lobster broth, which has been strained through a fine mesh strainer. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Cook until stock reduces to 6 cups. Strain into a bowl.
  4. Add oil to soup pot and heat over a medium heat. Add shallots and cook until golden. Add Red Curry Paste and cook 1-2 minutes. Slowly stir in reduced stock and simmer until Red Curry is dissolved.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk Coconut Milk with flour until smooth. Slowly whisk mixture into bisque. Stirring, cook 5 minutes. Blend bisque until smooth and return to pot. Add reserved lobster meat and simmer until heated through. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve.

In This Recipe

Rich, creamy, and flavorful, our Coconut Milk is considered the best on the market. It’s perfect in curries, soups, and even desserts.
This is one of our more versatile curry pastes. Use Red Curry Paste in any meat, poultry, vegetable, or fish curry.

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