The Most Incredible Crab Bisque with Sherry

A decadent bisque made with real crabmeat and thickened with cream and topped off with Sherry

crab bisque with sherry in a bowl

Growing up on the south shore of Long Island gives you plenty of reason to eat fresh seafood as often as you can.

You have your choice of hundreds of restaurants right on the water and as you’re enjoying your glass of wine overlooking the harbor, you can watch the boats come to dock full of fresh seafood.

The seafood is SO fresh, which is why I loved living there so much.

And if you love seafood as much as I do, then starting your meal with any one of the freshly made bisques is one of the best parts.

Being a transplant to the Midwest, I had to replicate as best I could the incredible crab bisque that I grew up with.

And I have to say this soup is probably one of the BEST THINGS I’ve ever tasted!

The meat of the crab is added to sautéed onions and then thickened with flour and cream.  Sherry is added at the very end to give it this incredible boost of flavor!

PLEASE do NOT use imitation crab meat.  If you’re going to make this bisque, please spend the extra money and get REAL crabmeat.  You can get it from your local seafood market or it comes in a 12 oz can at your supermarkets seafood section.  It looks like this below.

This crab bisque is best served immediately and it will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!


The Most Incredible Crab Bisque

crab bisque with sherry in a bowl

This decadent crab bisque is full of real crab meat, seasoned perfectly and thickened with cream. For an extra layer of flavor and depth, sherry is added at the end.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 20 min


  • 1/4 cup organic butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp chicken base
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped very finely
  • 1 1/2 cups organic heavy cream, warmed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole organic milk, warmed and separated 1 cup and 1/2 cup
  • 8 oz REAL canned crabmeat
  • 1/2 cup sherry


  1. In a medium saucepan melt the butter over med/low heat
  2. When melted, add the onion and cook until the onion is tender, but not browned. Approx 3-4 min
  3. Add the flour, salt and pepper and chicken base, stir and cook 1 min more to burn off any raw flour taste, stirring frequently
  4. Warm the milk and the heavy cream in the microwave just until warm
  5. Slowly add 1 cup milk (reserving the other 1/2 cup until later) and then the heavy cream
  6. Add the crab
  7. Cook on medium for 5 minutes until thick, stirring constantly
  8. Add the remaining milk and then add the sherry
  9. Continue cooking until warmed through making sure to NOT BOIL
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature


  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 430
  • Sugar: 3.2 gr
  • Sodium: 447 mg
  • Fat: 37 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 14.4 gr
  • Protein: 7.3 gr

Recipe Source:
I used all organic ingredients when making this recipe, and hope you do too!  🙂


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  1. Was very good but very salty.

  2. This is one of my all time favorite recipes! I make it for people when I’m feeling fancy lol and everyone has been blown away! Thank you so much for including it on your blog, you’re the best!!

  3. been craving a tasty bisque soup. did not have sherry, added 1 tbsp. ACV and it may have been a bit too much, had to add more cream and flour but, definetly tasty! next time I may add carrots and corn to up my veggie intake.

    • I haven’t thought about making this soup in quite some time. Thanks for the reminder. The picture could use some updating as well b/c it really is a kick ass soup if I do say so myself 😉

  4. Thank you so much for this. I have been looking for something like this. I just made it and my family loved it and so do I. I added a little cayenne pepper. I’m a little spicy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can you refrigerate? After being made and serve the next day?

  6. I’m eating low carb so I subbed out flour with almond flour and it was delicious! I opted out of the sherry because I’m 18 and I don’t have it around the house, definitely making this recipe again!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why not a good seafood stock instead of chicken base??

  8. I added Sheri last.. Tasted it just before and loved it. Added Sheri didn’t love it.. Personal preference.

  9. what is chicken base? I can’t find it at the store!
    And is 1.5 teaspoons the right amount??

  10. How much does this make exactly? Thank you!

  11. thank you so much Judith!

  12. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog.Really thank you! Awesome.

  13. Can you use chicken stock instead of sherry?

  14. The sherry gives this soup a gorgeous flavor and I have not omitted it so I really can’t comment on how it would come out. Go ahead and give it a try and let us know what you thought of it!

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