Baked Stuffed Lobster New England Style

Recipe by Steve P.
READY IN: 45mins




  • 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 chef’s 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.