Butter Poached Lobster

Butter Poached Lobster
Butter Poached Lobster

Arthur Bovino

Butter Poached Lobster

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 143g 219%
  • Carbs 3g 1%
  • Saturated 88g 442%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 37g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 114g 228%
  • Cholesterol 1,229mg 410%
  • Sodium 2,897mg 121%
  • Calcium 620mg 62%
  • Magnesium 264mg 66%
  • Potassium 1,442mg 41%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 24mg 161%
  • Phosphorus 1,141mg 163%
  • Vitamin A 1,166µg 130%
  • Vitamin C 15mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 10%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 11mg 55%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 37%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 76µg 19%
  • Vitamin B12 9µg 147%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 49%
  • Vitamin K 12µg 15%
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