Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
Seafood stuffed lobster in the New England tradition. Recipe courtesy Jasper White
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing)
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 2 sprigs tarragon, leaves picked and coarsely chopped
- 2 sprigs Italian parsley, leaves picked and coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces peeled raw maine shrimp or 4 ounces raw scallops or 4 ounces cooked crabmeat or 4 ounces lobster meat, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- kosher salt or sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 hard shell select lobsters (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds each)
- 3 ounces common crackers or 3 ounces oyster crackers or 3 ounces dried cornbread, crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Melt 8 tablespoons butter in a 9-inch skillet over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft but not browned.
- Stir in the tarragon and parsley.
- If using raw shrimp or scallops, add them with the herbs and cook for 1 minute.
- Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
- 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.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- With a cleaver of chefs knife, split the lobsters in half lengthwise.
- Remove and discard the head sac and intestine.
- Remove the tomalley and the roe if present and place in a small bowl.
- Break into small pieces using a fork.
- With the back side of a knife, crack the center of each claw on 1 side only.
- Season the lobsters lightly with salt and pepper.
- On a large roasting pan or baking sheet, place the halves together to resemble a butterfly.
- The tomalley and roe are optional for the stuffing.
- If you want to include them, mix them into the seafood mixture.
- Gently fold the crumbled crackers into the mixture.
- Divide the mixture evenly between 2 lobsters.
- If you are serving 1 lobster per person, spread the stuffing over the center so that the lobsters look whole again.
- Do not pack the stuffing tightly, or it will affect the even baking of the lobster.
- Brush the 3 tablespoons melted butter over the exposed meat tail, stuffing and claws.
- Bake until the lobster is cooked through and the stuffing is crisp and golden.
- Bake 17 minutes for a 1 1/2 pound lobster and 24 minutes for a 2-pound lobster.
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.
Excellent! I made this for my husband for our anniversary.
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.