Celebrate the subtle summer flavors with this smooth and creamy sweet corn lobster bisque. Easy to make but shockingly elegant.
This post is in partnership with Cabot. Thoughts and opinions are my own. And yes, I really do love their cheese.
Did you know that right about the time that the lobsters get good off the coast of Maine is the exact same time that the local sweet corn is ready to be harvested? I can’t help but think that is not at all a coincidence, but rather, summer’s bounty coming around and shouting out to be celebrated.
When is Maine Lobster in Season?
Lobster season is June through December, but after quizzing some locals when I was getting ready to char-grill lobster, they let me in on a secret. They love Maine lobster in August and September. That’s when, they tell me, it’s best. Bonus, when you are in Maine, that sweet meat is cheaper because it’s not traveling as far.
Sweet corn is ready to be harvested once its leaves darken and the silks at the top brown, and with Maine’s long winters, that also happens to be right at the end of July through early August. And you can also pick that up locally while traveling through the state.
So while exploring the Flood Brother’s Farm and bringing home some of their famous corn myself, I couldn’t help but dream up this recipe. An ode to the soft flavors of both summer sweet corn and Maine’s fresh lobster bounty. (True story, it’s diary season all year long, so yay for cheese when corn and lobster are hard to find).
How To Pick A Perfect Lobster
If you are getting live Maine lobster, there are a few good tips to go by.
- First, find the one that is moving around the most. Forget the ones that don’t move. You don’t want a sickly lobster. You want that one that has a lot of fight left. Generally, that one will be walking over all the others in the tank.
- If they seem heavy for their size, then that is good. No muscle deterioration.
- When picked up, the tail should curl and they should be trying to pick a fight. If you want to give them a fighting chance just to feel better about what awaits, then take the bands off the claws. Be careful though. They can easily break a finger. On second thought, be glad you are top of the food chain.
Male Or Female Lobsters Taste Best?
From the bisque making standpoint, female lobsters are best. They have more flavor and the roe (egg sacks) will deepen the flavor of the broth immensely.
You can use the males too of course, but the females have a more pleasant flavor and tend to have more meat.
What is Lobster Bisque?
When I think of bisque, I think of creamy soups that coat the spoon and have a rich but smooth flavor that runs like butter over your tongue.
Turns out, that’s pretty much the definition of bisque with a few bonus culinary terms thrown in.
Classic lobster bisque is a creamy soup made with a crustacean broth. The soup uses butter to capture the essence of the broth, and transport it across your taste buds.
I wanted to create a creamy smooth full bodied bisque that stayed true to the core of the soup. This isn’t to be a chowder filled with bites, but a smooth celebration of subtle seasonal flavors. With the lobster having a rich but delicate flavor that needed to blend with
How to make lobster bisque:
Bisque is made by simmering the shells of seafood in stock. Then, the meat is folded into the soup when ready to serve. For this bisque, everything comes together quickly, simmering the shells and corn cobs for only 30 minutes, but the bisque can be made a day ahead.
Instead of making a roux, I used heavy cream and pureed sweet corn for this version and added heat and a little more summer sweet corn texture back in at the end with the garnish and a sprinkling of sharp cheddar cheese.
Overall, this is a dish that looks fancy, but can be whipped up in under an hour if you have all the ingredients on hand.
Want more seasonal sweet corn recipes? Try some of my favorite recipes
- Smoked Corn on the Cob
- Grilled Summer Pizza with Salami, Sweet Corn and Burrata
- Quick and Easy Skilled Creamed Corn
- Poblano Sausage with Creamed Corn
- Grilled Summer Salad with Tequila Lime Flat Iron Steak
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For the Bisque
- 6 ears sweet corn, kernels removed and reserved
- 8 tbsp butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 Russet potato, peeled and diced into ½ cubes
- 4 cups seafood stock
- 2 cup White wine
- 4 lobsters, steamed, tail meat removed and reserved
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp Old Bay
- 1 teas salt
- 1 teas Smoked Paprika
- ½ teas black pepper
For the Sweet Corn Topping
- 2 strips bacon
- 1 poblano
- Reserved corn from kernels
- ¼ teas Old Bay
- ½ cup Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
- Melt the butter.
- Saute the minced shallot onion and carrot until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the potato, and 1 cup of the reserved corn kernels.
- Pour in the seafood stock and wine. Stir to combine.
- Gently add in the corn cobs and lobster shells.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- When safe to handle, remove corn cobs and lobster shells.
- With an immersion blender, blend the soup until completely smooth.
- Return to low heat and stir in the heavy cream, Old Bay, salt, paprika and black pepper.
- Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool.
- In the same skillet, blister the poblano, until skin is bubbling and brown on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Stir in the remaining reserved corn kernels and cook, stirring frequently. Stir in the Old Bay seasoning.
- When cool, remove the skin and seeds from poblano and dice.
- Chop the cooked bacon.
- Transfer the diced poblano and bacon bacon back to the skillet with the corn and combine.
- Warm the bisque over medium-low heat.
- Ladle the bisque into bowls and top with chunks of reserved lobster meat, the corn mixture, and a sprinkle of Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
- ˇSeason with salt and garnish with freshly minced chives or parsley
The base of the soup can be made a day ahead and allowed to cool. Simply reheat to serve.
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