Brittany lobster with butter tarragon sauce

Nervous and excited, that’s essentially how I felt about cooking lobster. We had a very Annie Hall moment in the kitchen, as much as I had no problems holding these glorious shellfish, there was no way I would plunge them in boiling water, so I asked my husband to do the job.
To celebrate last week’s Bastille day, we ordered lobsters from Brittany at our local fishmonger. They are renowned to be the best lobsters in Europe, so incredibly refined and succulent. I asked Daniel Blondel, our fisherman friend, how he liked to eat his lobsters, he replied: ‘Avec du beurre fondu, de l’estragon frais, du sel et poivre‘ – fresh tarragon, clarified butter, salt and pepper. I served it with a simple salad, vinaigrette and sliced radishes – nothing too overpowering as I mainly want to taste the lobster meat.
It was simply the best festive lunch I ever had in Médoc.

2 fresh lobsters
200 g unsalted butter
A large handful of chopped tarragon leaves
Salt (Fleur de sel de Guérande) and pepper for seasoning

In a saucepan, heat the unsalted butter on a low heat. Simmer until all the solids (foam) detach from the melted butter. Remove from heat and remove the foam/solids until you are left with the clear melted butter. You can also strain the butter through cotton muslin, cheesecloth, or a very refined colander. Once you have your clarified butter, re-heat for 2 minutes on a low heat, add salt, pepper and the large handful of freshly chopped tarragon leaves .
In a tall and large pot (tall enough for 2 lobsters), boil water with 2 bay leaves, 2 tbsp salt and 2 tsp thyme leaves. When the water brings to a boil, drop in the lobsters (head first) and wait till the water returns to a boil. From then on, cover and cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Drain lobsters and slice from the center. Serve on a large plate with a salad and the butter sauce on the side.

With M. Daniel Blondel

6 thoughts on “Brittany lobster with butter tarragon sauce

  1. Not sure what is more glorious the delicious lobster or your photos…can’t decide! Wishing I was in France right now! xo

  2. Hello Mimi. Oh my, still craving lobster after this post but alas it is too expensive in these parts!

    I have left a little blog award for you over at my place. Perhaps you need it like you need a hole in the head but it is just my way of saying thanks! Happy to have found Manger…

  3. I’m enjoying reading through your posts, and the photos are glorious! I love that scene from Annie Hall, too. This is my favourite way to cook lobster and crab, but I wonder if there is a more humane way to despatch the crustaceans, however quick death by boiling might be! I’ve heard that lobsters and crabs can be chilled for a while in the freezer, which knocks them out, and then killed instantaneously with a blade into the spine, where the head joins the thorax. I’m not sure if that would cause the lobster to ’empty’ during cooking, but it does seem kinder.

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