Lobster with Shallots, Tomatoes, and Cayenne

  • Serves

    serves 4

(Homard a l'Armoricaine)
This is the most famous Breton seafood dish—every chef in Brittany has his or her own favorite version.


  • 2 (3-lb.) live lobsters
  • 14 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 medium shallots, peeled and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled, trimmed, and finely diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 12 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. crème fraîche


Step 1

Cook lobsters in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. When cool, split open, remove meat, and cut into pieces. Reserve tomalley, coral, and shells.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, shallots, and garlic, and cook for 15 minutes. Add carrots, tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, and 1 cup water. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 8 minutes.

Step 3

Wrap shells in a dish towel and crush with a rolling pin. Add to sauce and reduce by half over low heat. Strain through a fine sieve, and return to heat. Make a paste with tomalley, coral, and butter, and stir into sauce. Add lobster, season with cayenne pepper, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in crème fraîche. Serve over rice, garnished with parsley.

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