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Lobster Bisqué from South Beach

Thom Hackett

Original from the

Dinner Menu from The South Beach Diet Cookbook

Serves:  4


Lobster Bisque from South Beach


Many people choose to stay away from lobster because they believe that shellfish is bad for them. But the truth is the amount of cholesterol in shellfish has often been exaggerated because the plant sterols they contain were misunderstood--they are chemically similar to cholesterol, but they actually help decrease cholesterol levels. Lobster has the same amount of cholesterol as skinless chicken breast and is low in saturated fat.

Fans of the tantalizing flavors of seafood-based recipes will love this great soup. Silky and full-flavored, bisques make any meal an elegant celebration. This easy version uses lobster tails to make preparation a breeze. During the summer months, let the soup chill for an hour before serving.



2 Tbs canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbs whole wheat flour
3½ cups chicken broth
½ cup tomato puree
¼ cup dry sherry
¼ tsp salt

1 pound lobster tails, shells removed and cut into 1" pieces
1¼ cups 1% milk
¼ tsp hot-pepper sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 plum tomato, chopped
2 Tbs chopped parsley

Cooking Method

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until tender.  Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

2. Stir in the broth, tomato puree, sherry, and salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the lobster, cover, and simmer for 6 minutes, or until the lobster is opaque.

3. Stir in the milk, hot-pepper sauce, and paprika.  Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until heated through.  Stir in the plum tomatoes and parsley.
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