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Irish Scallop Bisque Recipe

This creamy Irish Scallop Bisque recipe is a rich and delicious way to enjoy sea scallops. 

easy scallop bisque recipe

Scallops. I adore scallops. Big, sweet, juicy scallops.

I really wanted to cook something with scallops. Something new that I haven’t cooked before, nor I’ve tried. But what? I was really looking for a recipe that will highlight the delicate, subtle flavor of scallops.

Looking for a recipe, I found an unusual Irish Scallop Bisque and it seemed to be exactly what I wanted….until I discovered I had to make my stock and a lot of fish bones and trimmings were required to get a full bodied stock…which I did have on my hands

bisque recipe

Don’t despair! These days stock is the least of our problems….So, I decided to change some ingredients and make my version of Irish Scallop Bisque. If it is an Irish soup, I had to include the Irish cook’s staple – potatoes too:)

Oh, don’t worry, it is not going to become a chowder.

I promised a bisque.

A hearty, creamy Scallop Bisque recipe.

bisque recipe

This is truly one of the most delicious soups I have made. I suggest that you save this recipe and try it! I absolutely love its rich taste. It is a keeper.

It may sound sophisticated but it is a fairly quick and easy to pull together, especially if you buy seafood stock….as I did too 🙂 You can always substitute the scallops with shrimp, crab or use lobster or fish in the soup.

bisque recipe

 

Yield: 4 servings

Irish Scallop Bisque Recipe

Irish Scallop Bisque Recipe

Easy Irish scallop bisque recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 large sea scallops
  • olive oil
  • 1 qt pack seafood stock, approximately 1L
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 large potato, preferably Russet, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme
  • 1 cup half and half
  • chopped chives
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons butter and sauté over medium heat the onion, carrots, celery and potato. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add dry white wine and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes. Slowly add seafood stock, bay leaves and thyme. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat, remove celery stalks, bay leaves and thyme and puree the mixture with a blender until smooth. Return the bisque to low heat, add half and half, stirring. Adjust salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat olive oil until very hot but not smoking. Sear scallops about 2 minute on each side. Remove and set aside.
  4. Serve the bisques in bowls, adding scallops on top and sprinkle with some fresh chopped chives.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Saveur Magazine, Issue#5.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 80mgSodium 606mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 18g

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Tamara

Monday 9th of March 2015

Happy Monday! I made this recipe, and it was so delicious! I am working on the post today. I hope my pictures do it justice :-)

Tamara Andersen

Saturday 7th of March 2015

It was fabulous! I realized I only had really expensive bottles of white wine (unusual) and didn't want to open one, so I substituted 1/2 cup dry sherry for the white wine. We loved it :-) I got some pretty good photos today, so I'm hoping to write it up for the blog hop next week. Thanks!

Adore Foods

Saturday 7th of March 2015

I am so happy to hear you loved it! I know, that's what happened to me too a couple of days ago with a bottle of red wine, this time, but was a good reason to open it :) Cannot wait to see your post! Have a great Sunday!

Tamara

Friday 6th of March 2015

Oana, the photos are stunning, and the recipe looks amazing! I'm going to make this for "date night" with my hubby tonight, and may use it for the blog hop...

S.

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

The recipe looks lovely! However, the stock isn't mentioned in the ingredient list--how much should I add? Thanks, and looking forward to serving this up during the weekend!

Adore Foods

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Ups, missed it! Thank you for letting me know :). Have updated the recipe. I have used a 1qt (946 ml) pack seafood stock. Hope you'll love it as much as we did!

grabaplate

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Looks like an elegant and delicious dish!

Adore Foods

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Thank you so much! Very tasty and easy to make too!

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