Smoked Tomato Bisque

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Smoked Tomato Bisque is a creamy, comforting, vegetarian, silky sooth, and smoky tomato soup. It’s the perfect use for the late summer tomatoes, or a crisp fall evening. Don’t have a smoker? That’s OK, just roast them instead.

*UPDATE*  — We cooked this recipe for Smoked Tomato Bisque and Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwiches live over on KATU Portland News show AM Northwest.

A bowl of smoked tomato bisque topped with fresh tomatoes and a side of toasted bread

Smoke roasting tomatoes are one of my all time favorite things to do with fresh tomatoes. They take to smoke well and can be used in any number of traditional tomato-based recipes.

Smoked Tomato Bisque is a delicious and vegetarian friendly meal (though you can easily break the rules by adding some crispy smoked bacon to the top. I won’t tell!). The soup is made similar to a traditional tomato bisque, using smoked fresh tomatoes that are smoke roasted on the grill for added flavor.

This is an excellent way to eat something with that smoky delicious flavor, but is entirely vegetarian.

The base of this bisque starts with smoked tomatoes, then use the smoked tomatoes as the base for the flavorful creamy soup.

How to Smoke Tomatoes

You can smoke tomatoes on any kind of smoker; offset stick burner, pellet smoker, ceramic grill, or even gas. Follow the same method no matter the type of cooker you use.

A sheet pan of tomatoes roasting on the grill
Smoking tomatoes on our MAK Two-Star General Pellet Grill
  • Quarter tomatoes: I like big beefsteak tomatoes for this.
  • Season tomatoes: Toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and old bay seasoning, then lay them on a foil lined sheet pan. You’ll want to collect all the juices that will run from the tomatoes as they cook, so the sheet pan is important (vs. cooking the tomatoes directly on the grill grates).
  • Smoke tomatoes: Place tomatoes in the smoker set to 250 degrees for up to 2 hours. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Peel Tomatoes: Peel tomatoes to remove the outer skin. Peel them while they are still warm, it will be easier to get the skins off.

Once the tomatoes are smoked and peeled, you’re ready to make your soup. Don’t have a smoker? You can easily roast them in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until you start to see the color on the edges of the tomatoes.

How to Make Smoked Tomato Bisque

Before blending, and after.
  • Soften vegetables: In a large pot, heat butter and cook onion, carrot, and celery, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  • Add liquids, tomatoes, and aromatics: Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer: For 20-25 minutes. Then remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf.
  • Blend: Using a hand immersion blender (or counter top blender), blend the soup until smooth.
  • Add cream: Whisk in the cream, and season with salt and pepper. Serve with crusty bread.
A bowl of smoked tomato bisque and toasted bread dipping into the soup
Grilled bread is a great addition.

Wine Pairing

Don’t be afraid of the word “smoke” when looking for a wine to pair with smoked tomato bisque. This is not a heavily smoked flavored soup, nor is it ultra creamy or acidic. It has a great balance of all three components.

Look for a light-medium bodied red wine with good acidity. Garnacha from Spain, Rhone-style wines, and Italian reds, like Barbera, work very well.

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4.85 from 13 votes

Smoked Tomato Bisque

A creamy and indulgent vegetarian tomato bisque made with fresh smoked tomatoes.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
To Smoke the Tomatoes: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


For the smoked tomatoes:

  • 6 large beefsteak tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon Old bay spice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

For the soup:

  • 2 tablespoons butter (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetarian stock, (can use chicken stock too)
  • 4 cups of the smoked tomatoes and their juices
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, tied together with string (or chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ¾ cup heavy cream


To Smoke the Tomatoes:

  • Prep your smoker to 250 degrees, using fruit wood such as cherry or apple.
  • Toss your tomatoes with olive oil, old bay seasoning, salt, and pepper, and place them on a foil lined sheet pan. Smoke them for up to 2 hours.
  • Remove from smoker and peel the skins from the tomatoes while they are still warm.

To Make the Bisque:

  • Heat the butter in a large soup pot set to medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-9 minutes (until soft). Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  • Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf and thyme (wrapped in kitchen twine), and lower to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf.
  • Using a hand immersion blender (or counter top blender), blend the soup until smooth.
  • Whisk in the cream, add any additional salt and pepper to your preference. Serve with crusty bread.


For a non-vegetarian version, begin the soup with 2 thick pieces of diced bacon. Remove bacon pieces and discard half the bacon fat. Then move on to step 1 (butter, veggies, etc). Then top the soup with the reserved crispy bacon pieces.
If you don’t have a smoker, simply roast the tomatoes in an oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 30 minutes or they start to brown slightly. Then peel the tomatoes and follow the recipe for the bisque.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
To Smoke the Tomatoes: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Barbecue
Servings: 6 servings
Keyword: smoked tomato bisque, smoked tomato soup, tomato bisque
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*This post was originally published in October, 2014, and updated in August 2020 with new photos and more detailed instructions. The recipe remains exactly the same.

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  1. 5 stars
    I typically don’t like to cook soup when it is warm outside but my tomato garden was getting out of control and I needed to cook up some of them. I found this recipe and had to try it. It was absolutely delicious! I actually smoked the onion and garlic with the tomatoes. I am curious if this can be frozen so I can use this fall/winter?

  2. 5 stars
    This has quickly become a favorite of the entire household. I did however, add a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic. I followed the recipe on everything else.

    1. No. The tomato seeds are so small that after cooking you don’t have an adverse texture. The only thing we try to avoid is getting skin in there. So we do take the extra step to remove all the skin. If you are using a varietal of tomato with more seed then yes, feel free to use a strainer and a spatula to press it through but for most styles of tomatoes you won’t need it.

  3. 5 stars
    What a super surprise !! If you haven’t taste this yet, you haven’t taste bisque !!
    This is the best recipe ( OK, all your recipes are good ) of all !!!
    Do yourself the favor and make it.
    Gert Kok, South Africa

  4. 5 stars
    So good…a member of our dinner club made this last month and I asked for the recipe. I smoked the tomatoes last week but 1/2 got eaten on crusty bread with cheese so I had to smoke some more! Today I made the soup and it is wonderful. Thank you of this recipe.

  5. What a great idea to smoke the tomatoes! I can imagine how good this bisque must have tasted.. definitely will be taking the recipe to my kitchen, thanks for sharing it.

  6. Wow, smoked tomatoes! That soup looks amazing, and I bet the smoky flavour is just perfect. I have such a weakness for all things smoked. I sure wish I had a smoker! Maybe I could replicate the flavour with some roasted tomatoes and smoked salt? A bit of smoked paprika? Amazing, recipe, and great wine pairings. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I actually topped the soup with smoked salt and it was a great finishing touch! You won’t get that flavor from just the salt alone, however. You can always try to roast the tomatoes on an outdoor grill if you have one. If you have a gas grill you can add some use wood chips (wrapped in foil), or if you have a weber charcoal grill you can throw in some wood chunks mixed in with the charcoal, and that will give the tomatoes some smoke infusion. I wouldn’t recommend adding any to the indoor stove though. If you try it inside, I would just roast them normally then, yes, add the salt and paprika. Some recipes call for liquid smoke, and I would shy away from that. The flavor of the liquid stuff tastes too artificial to me and incredibly strong. Cheers, Mary