Lobster With Brandy Butter

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

Probably one of my all-time favorite foods is lobster, and there is nothing like a whole lobster. There is savory meat throughout - the trick is to get it out! Since the most effective tools are your hands, it's a messy, but worthwhile, job! It is definitely not something I choose to eat when attempting to appear dainty or refined.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fill two 10-quart pots halfway with water; heat to boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, place shallots and brandy in small saucepan and boil over high heat until brandy is reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 3 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a heavy medium saucepan; discard shallots.
  4. Place pan over medium heat and whisk in butter, 1 piece at a time, blending first piece before adding next. Sauce should be thick and foamy. Season with salt and cover to keep warm.
  5. Drop lobsters headfirst into boiling water. Cover pots, return to boiling, then boil 8 minutes. Drain lobsters in sink.
  6. Place each lobster on cutting board and split lengthwise in half, cutting from underside with heavy sharp knife.
  7. Pour warm butter sauce into 8 small bowls or ramekins and serve with lobsters.
Most Helpful

This has an excellent sauce! I used it on rock lobster tails for a delicious appetizer. Made for CQ15.

Sue Lau August 22, 2015

Made for ZWT-8 & a delayed celebration of 9 yrs together (delayed so we could dine on 2 of your lobster recipes). I admit the 1st thing we did was modify the recipe so it could be a starter portion & that meant using size-appropriate tails vs a whole lobster. We used what I call mid-size tails (a gift, so I'm unsure of the lobster variety). I admit the attraction here was the brandy butter & giving it a trial for a guest occasion. I made 4 of the tails for 2 of us, used a cpl generous shakes of lemon pepper, used Old Bay Seasoning vs salt as DH is salt-restricted (3/4 tsp salt = 1,500 mg sodium, 3/4 tsp Old Bay = 480 mg sodium or a 68% reduction) & added cpl shakes of dry parsley. The brandy butter was excellent even w/my chgs & our trial was a happy success that guests will soon enjoy. This starter portion was served B4 your Barbecue Recipes Grilled Lobster Tails as our main-course. Thx for "letting" me amend your recipe as needed & for sharing it w/us. :-)

twissis August 01, 2012