All About Lobster Bisque

If you were asked to find a cuisine with entirely original recipes, you’d probably have a hard time finding one! Every cuisine across the globe has a ton of recipes that are borrowed and altered from other cuisines. Italian cuisine borrows a good amount from other cuisines in the world and is a pretty popular example. There’s one cuisine that takes its recipes from all over the world and is also one of the most highly touted around: seafood! Lobster bisque is a tasty appetizer dish that was derived from these very ideas. We break down everything you need to know about lobster bisque below!

What Is Lobster Bisque?

Did you know that lobster bisque is a variation of a larger recipe group? It’s a dish that’s interchangeable with a few seafood ingredients and finishes. Specifically, this dish belongs to a group of foods called bisque, which are creamy and rich soups that get their origins from France. The broth itself is made from crustaceans as a way to get flavor from those that are barely not good enough to send to the seafood market. A traditional bisque grinds the shells into a paste and adds them to the broth for an inviting mix of flavors.

Variations of Bisque

Lobster isn’t the only shellfish that can be used in a bisque! There are a few other ones that are interchangeable with the main ingredients. Crab, shrimp and crayfish are the main shellfish that are interchangeable with lobster. These are pretty standard shellfish combinations, but there’s another that stands out. Called the Norwegian version of lobster, langoustine is a smaller shellfish that is popular in certain bisques. When you dine out at a seafood restaurant, the most likely version you’ll find is the lobster bisque!

Lobster Bisque vs. Soup

While lobster bisque is considered to be a type of soup, there are a few differences that set the two appetizers apart. Bisque is far creamier and richer than traditional soup, which consists mostly of broth, veggies and spices. Soup and bisque also differ in their country of origin, as soup is originally from China and bisque is from France. Most soup broths aren’t derived from shellfish, either, which means that a traditional lobster bisque is as filled with seafood as you can get!

Lobster Bisque at Mare Oyster Bar

Mare Oyster Bar is the home of some of Boston’s freshest seafood, with a wide variety of seafood cuisines available for your dining pleasure. Start things off with our lobster bisque before moving on to our seafood dishes and raw oyster bar! For a complete seafood dining experience to satisfy your palette, click here to make a reservation with us!