Butter Poached Lobster

Butter Poached Lobster
Arthur Bovino

Hurricane Irene was no joke for lots of people, but huddled up housewatching out on Long Island during the storm, things could have been worse. There was a full fridge, there was power, and there were lobsters. Inspired by Ruth Bourdain's tweet on the #Irene hashtag ("If, like me, you forgot to stock up on butter-poached lobster for #Irene, you're totally f#cking screwed. Per Se is closing for the weekend") I decided to fight the weather with a simple butter poached lobster. You know, some people just don't have their priorities straight.

Now, no one's making any claims that you're going to be able to blindfold Thomas Keller and trick him into thinking he's eating his own fare, and there's not much complication to the recipe, but it's pretty damn tasty, and if you can make it during a hurricane, well, you could pretty much make it anywhere. You know?


Gently melt the butter in a sauté pan on a low simmer. After killing the lobster with your chef's knife, crack your lobster claws off and use the back flatridge of your knife to crack the claw (to help it cook). Twist off the tail, splitting it down the center of the underbelly but being careful not to cut into the meat. Place the claws and tails in the pan and simmer gently on a low heat for about 3 minutes then turn them. Simmer for another 3 minutes and remove. Crack them open, slice the tail thinly and garnish with the claw.

You can eat it just like that with a drizzle of the butter, or take a few tablespoons of it and whisk it with the juice of a lemon then drizzle that over. A pinch of pepper and there you have it — Hurricane Irene Butter Poached Lobster. Take that Ruth Bourdain.


Calories per serving:

1,748 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 285g 439%
  • Carbs 6g 2%
  • Saturated 177g 883%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Trans 11g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 74g
  • Polyunsaturated 14g
  • Protein 228g 457%
  • Cholesterol 2,457mg 819%
  • Sodium 5,795mg 241%
  • Calcium 1,240mg 124%
  • Magnesium 529mg 132%
  • Potassium 2,885mg 82%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 48mg 323%
  • Phosphorus 2,282mg 326%
  • Vitamin A 2,333µg 259%
  • Vitamin C 31mg 51%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 21%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 19%
  • Niacin (B3) 22mg 109%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 74%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 153µg 38%
  • Vitamin B12 18µg 293%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 20mg 99%
  • Vitamin K 24µg 30%
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