Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

Chilled Corn Bisque with Basil, Avocado, and Crab

Allow soup to stand 30 minutes at room temperature before serving. The flavor will come through better if you take the chill off. Slice your basil and chop the avocado just before serving so it doesn't begin to brown.

Cooking Light MAY 2004

  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 8 ears)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup chopped peeled avocado
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Combine broth and cornstarch, stirring with a whisk.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Stir in broth mixture, corn, salt, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently (do not boil). Place half of corn mixture in a blender, and process until smooth. Pour pureed corn mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining corn mixture. Strain corn mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Stir in milk and half-and-half; chill thoroughly. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature; stir well.

Ladle 2/3 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 3 tablespoons crab, about 2 teaspoons avocado, and about 1 teaspoon basil.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 159
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 10.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg
  • Iron: 0.6mg
  • Sodium: 536mg
  • Calcium: 64mg