wood fired seafood bisque

wood fired Seafood Bisque

 

With its French origin, bisque is known as a creamy, thick soup that originally was made with stock from various crustacean shells like lobster, crab and shrimp. Over the years, it has been simplified with many acceptable variations, one of which I will be using in my recipe.

What brings up the flavor of this seafood bisque recipe is my technique of wood-firing the seafood meats for an elevated taste. I’m going to give you a few methods of adding this flavor with some equipment choices. Then I’ll tell you how to use that great hearty seafood in an easy wood fired seafood bisque recipe that blends the creaminess with that bit of bold from the wood fire.

Wood Fired Seafood Bisque- Gas Grill Method

One of the benefits of using a gas grill is the heat level control and speed at which the grill can do what you want. For this method of grilling, I’ll use just two wood chunks from SmokinLicious® in the double filet size and place in a smoker box. Set the burners to medium on one side of the grill only and allow the wood chunks to begin to smoke (the smoker box is placed on the grill grate above the lit burners). Then place a grill-safe pan (I like to use disposable aluminum pans) containing your choice of seafood. I’m using mussels, shrimp, squid, and imitation crab or pollock. I place all these items in my pan with just a touch of oil and place the prepared pan on the unlit side of the grill. This will just take about 10 minutes to flavor the seafood. Remember, there is no need to fully cook all the items as we will finish that process in the soup pot. Once done, remove the seafood to a bowl.

Wood Fired Seafood Bisque- Stovetop Smoker Method

Stovetop smokers are perfect for the person who lives in a location that a grill isn’t possible, or who prefers to cook indoors but craves smoke flavor. I’m using a simple DIY stove top smoker you can make using a stockpot, foil, and a round roasting rack. You can find our step-by-step directive on this here.

SmokinLicious® offers a great assortment of wood chip sizing with recommendations specifically for stovetop smokers. I am using a custom blend of Grande Sapore® Wood Chips that includes Cherry, Alder, and Maple hardwoods.

Unlike the gas grill method, with this one, you will be infusing the seafood with direct heat and wood infusion by placing your cooking container directly on the roasting rack. Given the smaller size of the smoker area, you may need to wood-fire your seafood choices in batches.

Wood Fired Seafood Bisque- Chimney Starter Method

As I mentioned that this is a quick means of introducing wood flavor to seafood, you can use a chimney starter equipped with a small grill grate to do the actual smoking. This is the method I’ll be using for this recipe.

I simply fill a chimney starter with charcoal, place it on a cylinder block, and lite it. Once the coals have turned grey and no active flame is present, I place a small grill grate on the top of the chimney starter, then add my pan of seafood meat. This will take about the same time as the gas grill method – 10 minutes. Once ready, I remove the pan and set aside while I start the bisque base for the soup.

Making a Bisque

 

wood fired seafood bisque ingredientsThe ingredients you will need to make the bisque base are:

1 cup of butter (2 sticks or 226g)

1 small onion diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

½ cup of all-purpose flour (65g)

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

½ cup of white wine or sherry (59ml)

4 cups heavy cream (1 quart or 945ml)

4 cups whole milk (1 quart or 945ml)

1-1/2 pounds (680g) raw seafood of choice that has been wood-fired as noted above)

Start by melting the butter in a stockpot placed over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk together to begin the roux or thickening process. Add the onion and garlic next, whisking as you add each ingredient. Allow these to cook for about 30 seconds, then add the Cajun and Old Bay seasonings and tomato paste. Reduce the heat to medium at this point, as you continue to whisk everything together. Add the wine, whisking. Now time to add the final liquids. This will be done in small portions to keep the consistency and flavors blending. Start with 1 cup of the milk, whisking, then 1 cup of the cream. Stay vigilant with the whisking while you add the milk and cream to ensure binding. Once the bisque is made, add the bowl of previously wood fired seafood and reduce the heat to low. Heat completely through.Velvety Smooth Richness

our finished wood fired seafood bisqueFor serving this creamy soup, I prefer to sprinkle each bowl with some fresh chopped parsley or cilantro. I also slice up some crusty bread like a great French baguette. That’s it! Super easy but flavors that appear as if this bisque took days to make.

Now you can enjoy a video tutorial on this recipe as we collaborated with our friends at Passing It On. Get the visual step-by-step directive on making this fabulous, rich bisque!

Tasting Notes:

Although you can use any crustacean, fish or seafood of your choice, the best options are: lobster, crab, clam, oyster, mussel, cod. Since this has a lot of fat content already in the soup base, it is best to avoid fattier fish like salmon.

What’s your favorite way to make seafood bisque?

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Dr. Smoke-loves the smoky taste of wood fired seafood bisque

Dr. Smoke-loves the smoky taste of wood fired seafood bisque

 

 

Our wood-fired clams casino on the offset grill with brick and the finished product

Our wood-fired clams casino on the offset grill with brick and the finished product

WOOD-FIRED CLAMS CASINO- THE ULTIMATE

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Wood fired cooking on a charcoal grill is fun with clams! You have tasted steamers, top neck clams, clams casino now try wood-fired clams casino! These wood roasted clams casino in our grilled clams casino recipe is a must try anytime you grill! This two-zone cooking method is easy with a foil-covered brick!

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Have you ever noticed how many ingredients go with clams? This low fat, high protein seafood also has many beneficial minerals. They are also one of the most sustainable seafood resources.

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Showing the different stages of color and flavor for smoking clams over the grill. Add a little chunk of wood! The taste is amazing

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Discover a great taste with wood chips by cooking Swordfish Al A Plancha

Discover a great taste with wood chips by cooking Swordfish A LA Plancha!

SWORDFISH A LA PLANCHA

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The raw squid and mussels ready for our grilled seafood recipe

Our Grilled Seafood Recipe for Squid and Mussels

My Favorite Grilled Seafood Recipe: Simple but Exquisitely Mediterranean

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Over the past several weeks, my good friends at SmokinLicious® have allowed me to make their Tips & Techniques blog platform “my home away from culinary home” to highlight cooking with wood style. I hope you’ve enjoyed the articles as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Before I begin an extended hiatus overseas, as my thanks, I thought I’d leave you with a pretty easy and flavorful recipe that showcases all the virtues of wood grilling with a couple of my favorite seafood- squid and mussels. The cooking style is one that is very popular in the Mediterranean region. Give it a try and let us know how it fared!

Let’s start out with squid or “calamari” as my Italian friends remind me. Whether it’s squid or calamari, it’s got to be fresh! Prepare first by thawing and rinsing thoroughly with cold water. Drizzle with a good quality of EVOO.

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Snapper Gets Wrapped in Corn Husk and is now ready to rest on our bed of coals to get roasted!

Snapper Cooked in Corn Husk is positioned to rest on a bed of coals for roasting!

SNAPPER COOKED IN CORN HUSK

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Snapper fish, Northern red snapper, Tilapia, Branzino or fish filets all can be corn husk wrapped! While we did natural fire cooking of fish, the charcoal grill or Kettle grill work for wrapped in corn husk grilling! Snapper cooked in corn husk first gets wrapped in husks with foil covered brick as heat conductor- two-zone cooking method.

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When fresh fish comes in season, whether you catch it yourself or find your perfect catch at the seafood market or store, there is no better way to release the flavor than on the charcoal grill. I found some splendid snapper fillets that I plan to marinate, wrap in a corn husk, and cook on the coals of my charcoal grill. Let’s get started!

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OUR FINISHED HOT SEARED SCALLOPS GARNISHED TO PERFECTION!

HOT SEARED SCALLOPS!

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Scallop is just one of many bivalve mollusks with a similar appearing shell like the clam, mussel, or oyster. They tend to be found in clear waters where there is sand or fine gravel. There are variations in sizing depending on how they will be used in a recipe. Today, we are featuring a simple stove top cooking and smoking technique that produces exceptional wood-flavor and searing to the scallop. This will be finished off with an orange-lime vinaigrette.

Hot Seared Scallops- Easy Ingredients for an Easy Technique

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Wood Fired Lobster Tails with Ash Minuto® smoker wood chips on the Plancha stove-top grill

Wood fired Lobster Tails with Ash Minuto® smoker wood chips on the Plancha stove-top grill

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When the temperatures go down and you simply can’t stand the thought of firing up the grill, but you crave something smoked, think plancha. This is a great method of bringing wood fired flavor to foods using the heat from your gas, electric, conduction, or infrared stove top.

I’m going to add a unique flavor to traditional chili by cooking lobster tail meat on the plancha using Ash Minuto® Wood Chips. This will give not only great sear to the lobster meat but a true smoked flavor.

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DINING FOR SMILES EVENT PREPARATIONS

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With the goal to repair children’s broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment for cleft lip and palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world, Alliance for Smiles, founded by six members of the San Francisco Rotary Club, Board member Carl Vahl (Chef Calle) hosted a gourmet, six-course dinner to raise funds for this exceptional cause at the Enchanted Valley Inn. And SmokinLicious® was right there to lend our support. We’re going to provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to preparing a six-course gourmet meal featuring wood-fired fresh Canadian salmon and wood-fired leg and loin of lamb.

Dining for Smiles- Early Fire Start

Charwood burning in preparation for the grill and food cooking For SmokinLicious®, set up is crucial for a long event that has the menu relying on the perfection of the wood-fired proteins. That means ensuring plenty of charwood and wood chunks are at the ready. We keep two chimney starters loaded with charwood to keep a steady flow of hot coals going into the grills. Since this event’s gourmet menu featured four foods to be wood fired – lamb, salmon, red peppers, and Brussels sprouts – it’s necessary to get the fires going early so they can burn down to hot coal beds. That is the key to successful wood-fire cooking. Don’t cook over flames, only hot coals that will radiate heat throughout the grill.

Dining for Smiles- The Wood-Fired Foods

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Bringing smoke flavor to stuffed squid done on the plancha will provide wonderful and unique flavor to this appetizer.

STUFFED SQUID COOKED ON THE PLANCHA

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We love demonstrating the versatility of SmokinLicious® products with all types of equipment. We’re taking our Piccolo® wood chips to the plancha to smoke infuse some stuffed squid for a unique appetizer. Don’t own a plancha? You can do the same thing with a standard stovetop griddle and a small roasting rack. Or, use a charcoal or gas grill with some wood chunks for the same smoky flavor.

Plancha CookingOur plancha on the stove ready for us to add smoker wood chips and the stuffed squid.

A plancha is a flat top grill made of heavy metal that can be placed on any type of heat source: electric, gas, infrared, induction, charcoal grill, gas grill. Basically, a plancha is a griddle made of metal.

What’s great about a plancha is you can do simple hot smoke infusion using a micro wood chip that is quite fast due to the intense heat these quality metal cookware pieces produce.

My plancha is made by the French company, Mastrad. I prepare the plancha by placing it on my heat source – in this case my gas range – set the heat level to medium-high, place a handful of SmokinLicious® Piccolo® Wood Chips in Beech size #10 on the plancha, and place the two smoking racks on the griddle. I’ll give the wood chips about 5 minutes to heat up and start releasing smoke, then it’s time to place on the stuffed squid bodies.

Stuffed Squid Ingredients

For our stuffed squid you’ll need to gather the following ingredients in addition to SmokinLicious® Piccolo® Smoker Wood Chips (Beech):

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1-1/2 heads of frisee or other green lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds squid, bodies only, rinsed – should be about 8 bodies

Stuffed Squid- Making Stuffing

Time to make the squid stuffing. Taking a medium bowl, combine the seeded and diced tomato, chopped greens, and capers. In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking together the 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and zest, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over the stuffing mixture and toss to coat.

Stuffing the SquidAfter stuffing the squid we're usin toothpick to hold it closed during the cooking process.

Taking one squid body at a time, fill with the stuffing mix using a teaspoon within ½ inch of the open top. Then lace a toothpick through the top. Brush all the bodies with the remaining teaspoon of olive oil. Then they’re ready to place on the hot plancha.

Stuffed Squid- Plancha CookingThe stuffed squid on the plancha ready for smoke infusion by our Smokinlicious Piccolo Beech smoker wood chips.

With the wood chips hot and releasing smoke vapor, I place the readied stuffed squid on the cooking racks. These will cook and smoke for about 7 minutes before I will turn them. Another 4-5 minutes on the other side, and you’ll see a golden hue and plump shiny bodies emerge. Turn off the heat to your plancha and carefully remove the squid. Cut into 1-inch slices and serve warm.

There are many variations to stuffing squid bodies but this is one that is essentially vegetarian in design so it can be enjoyed by everyone.

 

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Additional reading:

-WOOD FIRED CLAMS MAKE THIS THE PERFECT BITE

-BBQ SHRIMP INSTANT GRATIFICATION!

-SUCCULANT WOOD FIRED STUFFED TOMATO WITH HERB RICE

Dr Smoke- "This is a must try appetizer combination and very easy to do on the plancha."

Dr Smoke- “This is a must try appetizer combination and very easy to do on the plancha.”

 

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