Lobster bisque is a thick, creamy seafood soup, thought to be of French origin. The soup can be milk or cream based and originally contained puréed lobster meat, as well as sherry, cognac or wine.
Over the years, this recipe has been modified and nowadays, chopped lobster meat is added to the soup after the soup has been prepared.
Seafood bisques can also be made from crayfish
as well as lobster, although lobster is perhaps the most popular.
A bisque differs from a chowder, as a bisque is usually a rich, creamy liquidised seafood soup, whereas a chowder is a thick milk based soup that contains shellfish and vegetable pieces.