Martha Stewart's Boiled Main Lobster

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Each summer, many lobsters tough shells are replaced by thin ones. These lobsters, called shedders, are a delight to eat it takes no effort to get at the tail and claw meat. Still, i t is smart to keep a pair of crackers at hand, just in case. Boiling lobsters in court-bouillon, a staple for poaching seafood, makes them quite flavorful in the absence of seawater.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place onions, carrots, and celery in a large stockpot. Make a bouquet garni: Gather thyme, parsley, and bay leaf; tie into a bundle with kitchen string, then add to the stockpot. Fill stockpot two-thirds full with cold water; set over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat, and let simmer about 30 minutes.
  3. Add white wine and peppercorns; simmer about 15 minutes more. Return to a boil.
  4. Depending on size of stockpot, quickly add 4 to 6 lobsters to boiling court-bouillon, making sure the liquid covers all the lobsters.
  5. Allow court-bouillon to return to a boil again, and cook lobsters about 12 minutes.
  6. Using tongs, remove lobsters, and transfer to a platter or large bowl.
  7. Repeat with remaining lobsters, working in batches if necessary.
  8. Using kitchen scissors, trim the tip of each lobster claw; allow the liquid to drain, and discard.
  9. Serve lobsters with melted butter and lemons.


Most Helpful

I couldn't find fresh thyme, so I used ground and added a little garlic also. Came out Great!

Morti December 07, 2006

Stick with what you know Martha, and lobstah ain't it. All that extra stuff is not only not needed, but it covers up the flavor of lobstah.

mommymem August 22, 2009

Easy and delicious! Highly recommend.

myramail January 04, 2006

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