A broth made from shrimp shells, wine and aromatic vegetables makes a richly flavored base for this bisque. A dollop of reduced-fat sour cream is all you need for a luxurious finish.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Peel and devein shrimp, reserving the shells. Cut the shrimp into 3/4-inch pieces; cover and refrigerate.

  • Combine the shrimp shells with about half the onion, all the carrot, celery, wine, peppercorns and bay leaf in a large heavy saucepan. Add water and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve, pressing on the solids to extract all the juices; discard the solids. Measure the shrimp stock and add water, if necessary, to make 1 1/2 cups.

  • Heat oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, scallions, parsley and the remaining onion. Cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to turn golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly stir in milk and the shrimp stock. Cook, stirring to loosen any flour sticking to the bottom of the pot, until the soup returns to a simmer and thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the reserved shrimp and cook until they turn opaque in the center, about 2 minutes more. Add sour cream, sherry and lemon juice; stir over low heat until heated through--do not let it come to a boil. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper and hot sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 13.7g; carbohydrates 11.8g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 4.7g; fat 5g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 97.9mg; vitamin a iu 1320IU; vitamin c 12.9mg; folate 42mcg; calcium 140.9mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 34mg; potassium 335.1mg; sodium 551.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (8)

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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Pretty good for being low cal. Used 1% milk and chanterelles for the mushrooms. Had shrimp shells in the freezer and added them to the shells from the shrimp for the recipe so the soup base was very flavorful. Used a bit more sherry too. Will make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was freaking delicious! I did make some alterations. Used seafood stock instead of water used unsweetened almond milk instead of milk and added a tbsp of tomato paste. The prep does take a while but this recipe is going in the rotation! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Ina Garten uses leeks and garlic and shellfish stock so clam juice might make it better than just water. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've been making this for years. It's become one of my standards. I use nonfat half&half on place of low fat milk. I also add old bay seasoning to the broth and add the peppers and scallions after the shrimp so that they don't over cook I thro in the parsley at the very end. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great dish and so EASY! I made this dish last night and it turned out beautifully! From the very beginning the smells coming from the pot were making my mouth water. I did add a bit more flour in the end to thicken it up but the flavor was amazing. Even my picky-eater boyfriend really liked it. Chopping the veggies was the most tedious part but not a big deal at all. Will make again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
This was a lunch item on one of Eating Well's meal plans -- and it's FAR too much work for a lunch meal. We also had to halve the recipe and even if you don't you'll have to find other recipes to use up the leftover ingredients. The shrimp tasted fine but there are other shrimp recipes (eg. shrimp scampi) that aren't as much work and taste just as good or even better. Will not make this recipe again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I did some of what Jnta suggested and put the parsley and scallions in at the end and I added Old Bay. We also used a full pound of shrimp. Very tasty. Added 5 drops of hot sauce a tiny bit of salt and a dash of pepper. We will be making this again. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
bland and labor intensive I would rather dry fry the shrimp and throw them on top of the veggies in a salad. Pros: low calorie Cons: even lower in flavor Read More