Killer Shrimp Soup

I wanted a soup, but had no idea what kind.  Flavorful was the only real requirement.  Later I decided I wanted shrimp.  There was some in the freezer, so what recipe should I search for but "shrimp soup"?  So, that's what I did.  The first recipe that popped up in Google was this one entitled "Killer Shrimp Soup." It was an recipe which was perfect because I love reading people's reviews and modifications first.  Don't want to waste good shrimp now do we?

Killer Shrimp Soup [original recipe here]

  • 1 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1/4 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 pounds shrimp, with tails
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French bread
Pour broth into a large pot, and mix in rosemary, garlic, pepper, celery seed, fennel seed, clam juice, tomato paste, and butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in wine, pepper flakes, cook for another hour. Stir in shrimp just before serving (3 minutes). Add sea salt to taste.

My mods:
Per several reviews, I added crushed red pepper flakes, but in the end I also added some ground cayenne.  Of course I needed to add some salt too because the tomato paste I used was salt-free and the broth was reduced sodium.  The broth I used was Swanson's Free Range Organic Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth.  

After adding the wine, I let it simmer for the hour required in this recipe, but I then realized why the original recipe required two hours of simmering time.  I didn't allow it to simmer for 2 hours, but I was pretty sure you weren't still supposed to taste the wine taste so I turned up the heat a little and allowed the soup to continue cooking while I prepared the shrimp.  (I'm not a drinker so I wanted the wine taste to cook off.)  When I was content with the perfect blend of tastes, then I added some fideos (short noodles).  One thing I've learned is that your sauce has to be right before adding the final ingredients.  It's just easier to fix the sauce first.    

My soup was served with some roasted garlic artisan bread.  

This soup was sooo good!  I was literally sopping the bowl clean with my bread.  I've never heard of or been to the restaurant in Marina Del Rey, California where the recipe was based from, but I can only imagine how good it must be because this version was amazing!


garlic roasted artisan bread
check out that garlic!

Killer Shrimp Soup

Killer Shrimp Soup with bread

p.s.  This is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next time around.  Even when the next time is later on that same day! 

Bon Appetit!


  1. libby- first off I have never tasted shrimp and in my head I thought it was because I dont like it. but this post has my mouth watering! hehe I loved your Christmas scarf and gloves!!the new look of the blog is wonderful love Neen


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