Lobster a l'Americaine Recipe

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  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1650
Total Fat 79 g
Saturated Fat 20 g
Unsaturated Fat 46 g
Cholesterol 1,039 mg
Sodium 3,535 mg
Carbohydrates 65 g
Dietary Fiber 12 g
Protein 142 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)