Lobster Boil Recipe
Cooking projects for people who’d like nothing more than to spend a sunday afternoon surrounded by the wonderful aromas of the kitchen.
Quite simply, this is the indoor version of a clambake (without the hot rocks and seaweed). If you can’t gain access to a beach and are craving a simple, but special treat, this lobster boil can evoke memories of evening by the ocean in a downtown apartment. The secret to getting everything to cook at the same time is to layer the seafood on top of the potato, corn and sausage. This version uses kielbasa, but a chorizo or even andouille could be a delicious addition to this recipe.
When serving, I split the lobsters and give each person a half. But if it’s in your budget and you can find a large enough pot, by all means give everyone their own lobster. A few large shell-on shrimp thrown on top are an excellent addition to this meal as well. Serve with plenty of beer and hot cornbread.
- Yield: Serves 4
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time: 45 minutes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 8 small potatoes
- 13 ounces kielbasa, cut on the bias into 2-inch pieces
- 2 ears corn, cut into thirds
- 3 pounds clams
- 12 ounces beer
- 2 1 1/2 pound lobsters
In a large stockpot, melt butter over medium high heat. Add chopped onion and sweat until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add potatoes and kielbasa and stir to combine. Add corn, clams and beer and bring to a simmer. Once beer is simmering, add lobsters to pot and cover tightly with a lid. Cook until clams are open and lobster is bright red, about 18 minutes.
Remove lobster from pot, crack claw and slice in half. Place potatoes, kielbasa, corn and clams in a large serving dish. Taste cooking liquid and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with cornbread, green salad and lemon wedges and drawn butter for dipping.
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After finishing my degree from the University of Toronto in Studio Art and English I moved to Boston to complete my MA in the Gastronomy program at Boston University and a culinary diploma from The Cambridge Culinary School of Arts. My husband and I operate a drum and bass record store, and have two cats, Rita and Sheryl. You can find me posting weekly here on SE in my two columns, British Bites and Sunday Brunch, or every once in a while in the Boston Globe.