How to Make Salmon Bisque with Dill

Seafood Soups

How to Make Salmon Bisque

Ever have a salmon bisque? Of course not! Neither did I until I made it myself. A true bisque is typically made with shellfish because the shells make a deeply flavored stock. It’s the shellfish stock, not the meat, that’s truly the key to making a great tasting bisque. Fish broth, wonderful as it is in many fish soups, chowders and stews, is just not flavorful enough for a bisque. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a great fish bisque. Salmon, in particular, with its unique, almost shellfish-like flavor, when paired with a rich shellfish stock and/or clam juice can make an incredible salmon bisque!

Why You Should Make a Salmon Bisque

1. It’s a lot easier than lobster bisque.

Lobster bisque is rarely made by home cooks because it’s just too time-intensive. You have to cook the lobsters first, cool them down, then crack them open and pick out the meats (which can be tiring and tedious), return the shells to the water and then make and strain the stock. That’s about a two-hour process. Once you’re done with that, then you make the bisque!

But with a salmon bisque, you can use clam juice in place of lobster stock. And all you need is a fillet or two of salmon. From start to finish it only takes about 30-40 minutes.

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2. Salmon bisque is cheaper than lobster bisque.

Lobsters ain’t cheap! Salmon isn’t either but it’s more affordable than those dang delicious but pricey bottom feeders.

3. The only bisque you’ve ever had is lobster bisque

99% of the time it’s the only bisque option you’ll find in restaurants. Why not try something new?

4. Salmon bisque tastes incredible

I recently hosted a bisque tasting party at my house. I know, who the hell does that?! This weirdo, that’s who. But, in my defense, I am in the process of writing a cookbook on New England seafood soups (perhaps that makes me even weirder) and I’m currently working on the bisque chapter. So I invited some local seafoodie friends over to try out four different types of bisques. Guess which one was the consensus favorite?

That’s right. Everyone loved it. This was my gut feeling because when I first made it I could not believe how good it was. It was so bisque-like that you’d never know it wasn’t a true bisque. But I still felt like I needed some confirmation and feedback from some friends. I’m glad they loved it as much as I did. I’m confident you will too!

More Bisque Recipes to Try

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

Medium stockpot (best choice) (good choice)

Cutting board

Sharp knives


Full Recipe

How to Make Salmon Bisque

Salmon Bisque with Dill

A simpler alternative to the time-intensive lobster bisque, salmon bisque is equally satisfying, rich and delicious!

Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Craig Fear


  • 4 TBSPs unsalted butter
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion
  • 1 stalk carrot
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups clam broth or lobster stock
  • ¼ cup sherry or more!
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • ¼ cup white rice
  • 1 pound salmon preferably wild
  • ½ cup loosely packed dill or more!
  • 1-2 cups heavy cream
  • Sea salt to taste

Optional seasonings, to taste

  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh dill chopped
  • Fresh lemon wedges
  • Pinch or two ground nutmeg
  • Splash or two sherry


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a medium-sized stock pot and add onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf and saute about 5 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add garlic cloves in the last minute.
  2. Add sherry, stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and white rice. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a steady boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until rice is cooked through. Remove the bay leaf.
  3. Add salmon and simmer gently for a few minutes until cooked. Remove the stockpot from the stove top and puree the bisque with a handheld immersion blender. Be very careful not to splatter hot soup!
  4. Add 1 cup of cream and dill and stir in. Add up to 1 more cup of cream and additional sherry and/or dill, if desired, to taste. Add salt, to taste.

  5. Ladle into individual bowls and add optional seasonings, to taste.
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How to Make Salmon Bisque with Dill

About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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