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Seafood Bisque great way to enjoy rockfish, crab

The delicious combination of Oregon Coast rockfish, crab and shrimp in a thick, creamy soup will have your family coming back for seconds, and friends or co-workers over for dinner impressed. Seafood Bisque, which resembles clam chowder – but without the clams, potatoes and bacon – is surprisingly easy to make, yet rivals the menu of an elegant French restaurant.

The combination of fresh rockfish, crab and shrimp make this creamy soup a home run.

Capt. Andy of Brookings Fishing Charters has cooked up several variations of seafood bisque recipes. This is his favorite, in part because it is simple and quick, yet incredibly delicious. This recipe is perfect with rockfish, lingcod or halibut, combined with shrimp (either large shelled and deveined shrimp or Oregon Coast salad or cocktail shrimp), and fresh crab meat. Just rockfish and crab, or fish fillets and shrimp meat will work with the recipe, although all three give it a 10 out of 10.

The Louisiana twist to the recipe – with cajun seasonings – gives it a unique flavor that complements Pacific Northwest seafood.

Seafood Bisque takes just a few minutes to prep, and is ready to serve in 45 minutes.

Seafood Bisque is a great way to enjoy the rockfish caught on our charter boats.

Rockfish and Crab Bisque

1 pound rockfish, lingcod or halibut fillets, cut into small chunks

1/2 pound crab meat

1/2 pound shrimp meat

2 cubes unsalted butter

1 bunch green onion, chopped

2 cups heavy cream

2 cups half and half

1/4 cup white flour

1/2 can creamed corn (optional ingredient)

1 tsp cajun seasoning

1 tsp Old Bay seasoning

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Melt butter in a large pot, and saute green onions.

Sprinkle flour over the melted butter and onions, and stir well.

Add heavy cream, half and half, seafood, seasonings, and if desires, the half can of cream corn. Stir continuously as the bisque is brought to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. The raw fish will quickly cook, and add an incredible flavor to the creamy soup.

Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve with sour dough or french bread, and white wine.

Melt butter in a large pot, and saute chopped green onions.
Once the onions are cooked, add 1/4 cup flour.
Add heavy cream and half and half, seafood, cajun seasons, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, and Old Bay.
This creamy soup is ready to serve after simmering for 40 minutes.

To book a charter to catch your own rockfish or lingcod, visit or call (541) 813-1082.

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