Baked Stuffed Lobster New England Style

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

Seafood stuffed lobster in the New England tradition. Recipe courtesy Jasper White

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Melt 8 tablespoons butter in a 9-inch skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft but not browned.
  4. Stir in the tarragon and parsley.
  5. If using raw shrimp or scallops, add them with the herbs and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  7. If using cooked lobster or crabmeat, remove the pan from the heat as soon as you stir in the herbs, let cool, and then add the lobster or crabmeat.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. With a cleaver of chef’s knife, split the lobsters in half lengthwise.
  10. Remove and discard the head sac and intestine.
  11. Remove the tomalley and the roe if present and place in a small bowl.
  12. Break into small pieces using a fork.
  13. With the back side of a knife, crack the center of each claw on 1 side only.
  14. Season the lobsters lightly with salt and pepper.
  15. On a large roasting pan or baking sheet, place the halves together to resemble a butterfly.
  16. The tomalley and roe are optional for the stuffing.
  17. If you want to include them, mix them into the seafood mixture.
  18. Gently fold the crumbled crackers into the mixture.
  19. Divide the mixture evenly between 2 lobsters.
  20. If you are serving 1 lobster per person, spread the stuffing over the center so that the lobsters look whole again.
  21. Do not pack the stuffing tightly, or it will affect the even baking of the lobster.
  22. Brush the 3 tablespoons melted butter over the exposed meat tail, stuffing and claws.
  23. Bake until the lobster is cooked through and the stuffing is crisp and golden.
  24. Bake 17 minutes for a 1 1/2 pound lobster and 24 minutes for a 2-pound lobster.
Most Helpful

This was excellent. I made it with scallops and 1 1/2-1 3/4 lb lobsters for my wife and her friend who was visiting from out-of-town (I made 1 1/2 recipes for 3 lobsters). We really liked the buttery, tarragon-infused stuffing, which can be sauteed and eaten if you have extra, as I did. My wife suggested that a bit of sherry might have been an interesting variation on the stuffing. I'd have to agree - I'd probably bring it to a boil before adding the butter to the pan. One other change: I don't particularly enjoy killing the lobsters with a knife, so I boiled/steamed them for four minutes before splitting and stuffing them.

StevenHB August 15, 2004

Excellent! I made this for my husband for our anniversary.

laine hendrickson July 09, 2003

Perfect preparation method...made this for my husband's birthday dinner. I'd bought a huge shallot at the farmer's market so used that for the onion and used garlic instead of tarragon. This would be tough to do with a crowd, but for two-four people, it's the best way to prepare a lobster dinner.

Seniah August 18, 2011