Lobster a l'Americaine Recipe

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1650 Calories
79g Fat
65g Carbs
142g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 1650
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 79g 102%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 1039mg 346%
Sodium 3535mg 154%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 23%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Protein 142g
Calcium 953mg 73%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lobster is simmered in a tomato sauce with shallots, garlic, tarragon, and thyme, then flamed with cognac for a truly impressive dish. Be sure to read the flambe tips before you begin. Cooking the lobster with its shell adds extra flavor, but you may remove the shell before cooking, if you wish.

Recipe reprinted with permission from New Fish Cookery by James Beard (Little Brown).


  • 3 pounds
  • lobster
  • 1/2 cup
  • olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 6
  • shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove
  • garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh, or 1 teaspoon dried,
  • tarragon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • thyme
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup cognac

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash the lobsters well. With a very sharp heavy knife cut medallions of the tail, cutting through the markings on the tail. Cut the body in half, clean it, and save the liver and coral, if any, for the sauce. Remove the claws.

  2. Heat the olive oil and add the pieces of lobster. Toss them around in the oil until the shells have turned red and the meat is seared. Remove the meat and shells to a hot platter.

  3. Add the butter to the pan with the olive oil and saute the onions and shallots until lightly colored. Add the garlic, tomatoes, parsley, tarragon, thyme, bay leaf, and white wine and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Add the tomato paste and season to taste.

  4. Pour the cognac over the lobster pieces and ignite. Then put them in the sauce, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes. At the last, stir in the liver and lobster coral.

Recipe Source: by James Beard (Little Brown)
Reprinted with permission.

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