easy butter poached lobster

Easy Butter-Poached Lobster

If cooking lobster seems intimidating, our easy butter-poached lobster recipe has got you covered. All you need is a pack of ButcherBox lobster claw and knuckle meat and your choice of fat.

butter poached lobster recipe

Easy Butter-Poached Lobster

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Protein: Fish / Seafood
Cut: Cold Cracked Lobster
Diet: Gluten Free, Keto
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 package ButcherBox Cold Cracked Lobster
  • 1 sprig tarragon use a good sized sprig or 5 small ones
  • ½ cup ghee or butter, salted

Garnish, optional

  • 1 lemon


  • Lay thawed lobster in a single layer on several paper towels. Take more paper towels and gently press down on lobster to dry and remove excess natural juices.
  • In a small sauce pot melt ghee or butter on medium-low heat. Once melted add tarragon.
  • Let the tarragon steep for 3-4 minutes. Make sure the butter never boils.
  • In two rounds, place dried lobster into poaching butter. Poach for 5-7 minutes until opaque.
  • Once all poached, rough chop lobster and toss with a drizzle of the tarragon butter and a squeeze of lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve on a brioche roll, a salad, or toss with some pasta.



  • If you are not a fan of tarragon simply omit for a more traditional flavor.
  • For a more Mediterranean flavor add a few threads of saffron to the poaching butter.
  • If using unsalted ghee or butter add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
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