Easy Lobster Bisque

Rich and decadent, Lobster Bisque is the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.  Easy to make and inexpensive, your special someone will think you spent hours in the kitchen. 

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Lobster is fancy pants.  It is.  If someone serves you lobster, in any form, you tend to gasp a little.  Even if it’s just an internal gasp but it’s there.  You’re a little impressed.  Unless you’re allergic to shellfish then your gasp has a completely different meaning.  But other than the fact that your throat may close up and you may burst out in hives….you have to admit, you’re still a little wowed that your hosts thought to whip up some lobster for you.  Am I right?  Because it’s spendy.  And they probably blew their whole paycheck on dinner for you that night.

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I feel all warm and fuzzy when I eat lobster, especially if it’s something as velvety and creamy as this Lobster Bisque.  And I usually only order Lobster Bisque when I go out to a restaurant, I had no idea it was so easy and inexpensive to make.  This was on the table in just under an hour and I didn’t even break the bank to buy all the ingredients.

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ALDI has frozen lobster tails right now just in time for Valentine’s Day.  This is the perfect opportunity to blow your sweetheart’s mind by whipping up a batch and serving it to them with a glass of chardonnay.  It’s the perfect pairing and you can pick that up at ALDI too!  In fact, you can get all of your ingredients to make this amazing Lobster Bisque at your local ALDI and save a ton of cash.  And you can either use that extra cash to buy your Valentine a spectacularly amazing gift OR you can buy YOURSELF a spectacularly amazing gift.  It’s your call.

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The Lobster Bisque comes together in no time and the flavor can’t be beat.  It has a slight kick so if you don’t like spicy food you can leave out the cayenne pepper.  It’s not super spicy, it just gives it a little extra depth of flavor. The hit of cream at the end makes the bisque super velvety but doesn’t amp up the calories so it’s easy on the waistline, too.

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This recipe makes about 6-8 servings so you could easily cut the recipe in half and have two hearty dinner servings if you’re planning a romantic dinner for two.  Or you can make the recipe as is and freeze the rest in individual portions for romantic dinners for one, two, three or whatever in the future.  But it’s so ridiculously tasty, I doubt you’ll need to ever freeze it.  And if you’re looking for a dessert to top off the evening, try my Flourless Chocolate Cake, it’s equally easy and impressive.

Easy Lobster Bisque

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Total Time 1 hr
Yields 6-8 servings


  • Lobster Bisque
  • Makes 6-8 servings
  • 4-4 ounce Maine lobster tails, split in half
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups dry William Wright Chardonnay or other dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups Fit & Active reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1-14 ounce can Happy Harvest fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Friendly Farms heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Friendly Farms half and half
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large pot, steam the lobster tails, shell-side down, in salted water for approximately 5 minutes or until they are cooked through. Using tongs, transfer the tails to a plate and allow to cool. Reserve the steaming water for the stock.
  2. When the lobster is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the fennel and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook until it the mixture becomes a deep burgundy color.
  4. Add the wine to the pot and deglaze, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the brown bits. Stir in the thyme, bay leaf, paprika, cayenne pepper, chicken stock, reserved steaming liquid and tomatoes. Return the shells to the pot and allow the mixture to simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the shells from the broth and blend the mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in the cream, half and half and lemon juice. Chop the lobster meat into bite size pieces and divide among your soup bowls. (I like a lot of lobster meat in mine.) Ladle the soup over the lobster meat and serve immediately. Garnish with fennel fronds if desired.
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27 comments on “Easy Lobster Bisque”

  1. My husband would go crazy for this, it looks amazing! And you’re right monster is super impressive!

  2. Good to know Lobster really isn’t crazy expensive to cook with! I WILL be making this! Lobster bisque is a favorite of mine.

  3. Oh this sounds wonderful…I could go for a bowl right now.

  4. This lobster bisque looks so good and that big chunk of lobster on top is calling my name.

  5. This IS the perfect Valentine’s Day meal! We don’t have an ALDI near us – but luckily our local supermarket is having a special on fresh lobster this weekend. Can’t wait to make this recipe!

  6. American Aldi has lobster?! That’s so funny (for someone who lives in Germany). German Aldi and American Aldi seem to be totally different. I can’t wait to go to the US and visit the American version! 😀

  7. Agree, totally fancy pants – and I am always impressed. I love Lobster Bisque, and your beautiful photos have me craving it hard. Hmmm…do I brave the snowstorm and head to Aldi? Just maybe. 🙂

  8. I love lobster and I could eat it all of the time! I can’t wait to make this Lobster Bisque because it looks fantastic! Weekend dinner — check! Making soon!

  9. I didn’t found this in time for Valentine’s Day, but this Lobster Bisque will be on my on my table this weekend!

  10. Oh my goodness, this looks so incredibly good and very doable! I’m a sucker for lobster bisque :-).

  11. I love you for this. Like you, I only order it at restaurants, because I thought it would be difficult and cost-prohibitive to make at home. This is one of my favorite soups of all time!

  12. Happy Lobster Day! I decided to write a tribute to my favorite delicacy — LOBSTER — and looked for a great bisque recipe. This one by far tops them all. It is included in my collection today on Ducks n a Row. Hope you can stop by:)

  13. I never used fennel before how do I cut it and which part do use for this recipe. Thanks I’m super excited about making this for my Valentine.

    • Hi Loreanne! It’s pretty simple, so you thinly slice the white part but be sure to discard the tough core (it’s the root end, you’ll know what that is…if not, shoot me another comment). You can use the feathery tops for garnish. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  14. Ok i made it. It was a success. I have to re do it again because the roasted tomatoes I bought were salsa style and made spicy and my husband can not eat any spicy not even black pepper. But the flavore was there.

  15. What can I sub for the fennel? I’m allergic to it but I love Lobster Bisque!

  16. Can I sub the white wine for something else?

  17. It was absolutely amazing but mine wasn’t quite as thick as I would think bisque would be! Any suggestions?

  18. I am going to make this tonight I have a question about the ingredients I see on your picture there is celery but don’t see it on the actual recipe is this optional

    • The celery is optional and can be chopped/sauteed with the onion, if desired. Thanks so much for asking and please come back to let me know what you thought of the recipe if you can! Happy
      Valentine’s Day!

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