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Crab Bisque With Crab Boulettes

Crab Bisque With Crab Boulettes

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 1/2 hours, plus time to make the boulettes
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup bleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup seeded and chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 6 gumbo crabs, each cut in half
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Zatarain's Concentrated Liquid Shrimp & Crab Boil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (scallions), green parts only
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
  • Crab Boulettes


  • Combine the flour and oil in a large nonstick saucepan and whisk until smooth. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture is the color of peanut butter, about 10 minutes.

  • Add the onions, bell peppers, celery, carrots, bay leaves, salt, and cayenne. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.

  • Add the crabs and tomatoes and stir to mix. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the brandy, water, and Zatarain's boil. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

  • Add the green onions and parsley. Remove the bay leaves. Remove from the heat and add the cream. Stir to blend well, and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

  • Ladle into individual serving bowls and sprinkle each with 1/4 cup crabmeat. Top each with a half crab and a crab boulette.

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