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Lobster Thermidor Recipe

Lobster Thermidor Recipe

Delicious broiled lobster set in a heavy cream

Lobster Thermidor is a French dish consisting of a creamy, cheesy mixture of cooked lobster meat, egg yolks, and brandy or sherry, stuffed into a lobster.

Serves 4






  1. Steep Lobsters. See below
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan and saute onion, carrot and celery until translucent. Add flour and stir well until flour is completely incorporated. Add milk 1/3 at a time, whisking well at each addition. Add bouquet garni and dry seasonings, simmer for 15 minutes.
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and cream. Take sauce off of the heat and whisk in cream and yolk combination. Rough chop the lobster meat, place in a mixing bowl and toss with half of the hot bechamel.
  1. Place lobster tail shells on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish, spoon mixture into shells and top with remaining bechamel and grated parmesan.
  1. Bake in oven at 425 for 12 minutes or until parmesan is golden brown.

Steeping Lobsters

Learn how to steep a lobster.




  1. Place lobsters in a stockpot or other heat-proof container with a lid. Bring water and vinegar to a rolling boil and then pour over lobsters and cover.
  1. Let steep for 2 minutes for 1 1/2 pound lobsters and 3 minutes for 2 pound lobsters. Remove from the pot with tongs, twist off claws with knuckles attached and return claws to pot for 5 minutes
  1. Twist off the tails from the body and pull off the flippers from the end of the tail. Push the meat out through the large end of the tail. Remove the vein from the center of the tail.
  2. After 5 minutes, remove the claws from the pot and crack open with the back of a knife. Use only enough force to crack the claw and loosen the meat. Remove the meat from the knuckles. Reserve the tail shells and cut out the thin underside of them with scissors.

Enjoy your lobster thermidor!


Other helpful resources:

Butterflying Lobster Tail - Learn how to cook a lobster tail just like they do in the restaurants.

Boiling a Lobster - Boiling a lobster is one of the easiest ways to cook a lobster. Learn how here.

Baking Lobster Tails - Here's an easy way to make lobster tails.

Steaming a Lobster - Learn how to steam a whole lobster.