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Lobster Thermidor


This stunning lobster Thermidor is surprisingly simple to make. Lobster shells are stuffed with cooked lobster in a creamy white wine sauce, then topped with Parmesan cheese and broiled until golden.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 2

Restaurant-worthy lobster thermidor is easier to make than you think. This top-rated lobster thermidor recipe, topped with a flavorful wine-cream sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, is perfect for any special occasion!

What Is Lobster Thermidor?

Lobster thermidor is a French dish consisting of diced lobster meat stuffed into a lobster shell, topped with a buttery wine sauce, sprinkled with cheese, and broiled. The iconic dish gets its name from a popular 1891 play called Thermidor by Victorien Sardou.

How to Make Lobster Thermidor

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make lobster thermidor at home:

  1. Stuff the lobsters: Cut the lobsters in half and remove the meat. Cut the meat into pieces, then return them to the shells.
  2. Make the sauce: Cook the shallots in butter, then add the wine and cream. Bring to a boil, cook until reduced, and add the remaining ingredients (besides the cheese).
  3. Assemble and broil: Spoon the sauce over the stuffed lobsters and sprinkle with cheese. Broil the lobsters until the cheese is golden brown.


  • 1 medium (1 ½ pound) cooked lobster
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 ⅜ cups fresh fish stock
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon hot English mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut lobster in half lengthwise, and remove any meat from the claws, tail, and head. Cut meat into pieces and place back into the shells.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; cook and stir until tender. Mix in fish stock, white wine, and cream. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half. Mix in parsley, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.

  3. Preheat your oven’s broiler.

  4. Place stuffed lobster halves on a broiling pan or baking sheet. Spoon sauce over the meat and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

  5. Broil in the preheated oven until just golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

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