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A Favorite Made Low Carb!
To the untrained eye, the lobster bisque at your favorite seafood spot may seem like a safe bet compared to a lobster roll or some breaded calamari. When you break it down though, a bowl of lobster bisque can add up to a whole lot of carbs, not to mention calories!
Besides the obvious (and low carb) ingredient of lobster chunks, you’ve probably got several high carb foods blended in that soup! Let’s start with veggies: most lobster bisques will have tomatoes, carrots, onions and garlic – all high carb veggies unfortunately. Moving on to the broth is where you’ll find the majority of the hidden carbs: many chefs will thicken their bisques with roux (a mixture of butter and flour), cornstarch or potatoes!
Lobster bisque is a delicious option for anyone who loves lobster meat, but all the ingredients together make a ketogenic dieter’s downfall. Fortunately, knowing all the ingredients helps us lower that carb count so that we can enjoy our lobster bisques again! In our easy lobster bisque, we upped the fat count, adding a good amount of cream, found a low sugar tomato paste, as well as limited the high carb vegetables. We also thickened the bisque using xanthan gum!
A little xanthan gum goes a long way, especially when you’re cooking a dish. The heat helps “activate” the xanthan gum and will continue to do so while you cook. We find it best to add the xanthan gum at the end, little by little until the lobster bisque is to your liking.
Feel free to make any changes to the bisque to lower the carbs even further! We found a good balance at 8 grams of carbs per serving. That way, it’s low enough to keep us under our limit, as well as allows all the vegetables’ flavors to still shine through. If you prefer, you can purchase fresh lobsters and use their carcasses to flavor the bisque more, but what makes this an easy lobster bisque recipe is the packaged lobster chunks from Trader Joe’s. Using these already cooked and cut chunks, you can have this dinner ready in about an hour! Just whip up the broth and add the lobster chunks.
Tip: Considering using a seafood broth if you’re not using the lobster carcasses. It’ll help bring some more seafood flavor to the lobster bisque.
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