Butter Poached Lobster

June 26, 2018


  • 500g to 600g live lobster
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • ½ Cup salted butter (1 stick), cut into 1 tablespoon chunks
  • 1 Clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 2 Tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • Few fresh basil leaves, chiffonade


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Turn off heat and add the lobster. Cover with lid and let cook for 3 minutes. Remove all lobster meat from shell and cut into large chunks.
  2. In a saucepan, bring 1 tablespoon of water to simmer over medium-low heat. Whisk in 1 piece of butter. When butter had melted, add another piece. Continue with remaining butter pieces, one at a time. Make sure the mixture does NOT come to a boil, otherwise the butter will separate.
  3. Keeping the heat on medium-low, add the lobster pieces and cook for 5 minutes, turning the lobster pieces every minute or so. Make sure mixture does not boil. Remove lobster pieces and divide amongst the 2 serving bowls.
  4. In the same saucepan with the remaining butter, turn the heat up just a bit, add the garlic. When fragrant, add the tomatoes and cook for just a couple of minutes until the tomatoes have released some of the juices. I like to gently smash the tomatoes a bit so more juice comes out. Throw in the basil and you’re done. Spoon tomatoes over lobster and serve immediately.