Chef Irie’s Shrimp Bisque

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Chef Irie's Shrimp Bisque

Chef Irie’s Shrimp Bisque

Chef Irie’s Shrimp Bisque was featured in Season 1, Episode 4 of “Taste the Islands”. It is not a traditional bisque, which usually more like a “cream of” one ingredient or another. Chef Irie’s version is a creamy, spicy bisque with other surprising elements like thick, smoked bacon, curry powder, ginger and red onion. The flavor is pretty hard to describe, but amazing to enjoy. Enjoy!

Serves 2


  • 10-15 large shrimp, raw
  • ⅔ cup smoked bacon, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced
  • ⅓ cup whole kernel corn
  • ¼ cup red bell peppers, diced
  • ¼ cup green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley, finely minced
  • 4-6 large basil leaves
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, minced
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cups warm vegetable or chicken stock


  1. Heat oil in large sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions, ginger, scotch bonnet, garlic and thyme. Saute until onions are translucent, about 2-4 minutes.
  3. Add curry powder, bacon, carrots, corn, peppers to onions in pan. Stir until heated through.
  4. Add salt and flour and continue stirring for about a minute.
  5. Add warm stock to mixture while stirring. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add heavy cream, shrimp and whole basil leaves.
  7. Reduce to low heat, simmer for another 5 minutes, or until shrimp has turned bright pink. Serve hot.