Sous Vide Lobster

Lobster was the first meat that I ever cooked sous vide, and it's still one of my favorites. If buttery, tender, sweet poached flavor is what you're after, there's no better way to cook it. It's better than the best steamed or boiled lobster you've ever tasted. How much better? If I were in a mood for writing in hyperbolic tropes I'd tell you that it's [insert arbitrarily large number here] times better. But if I'm being honest, it's a lot better than boiled lobster, significantly better than steamed lobster, and a plain old better than roasted lobster. It's also heck of a lot more foolproof than any of those methods and also affords the opportunity to infuse that lobster meat with extra flavor. Think: lobster with the butter built right into it. Doesn't that sound swell?


Sous Vide Lobster Cooking Temperature
120°F / 49°C - Soft and translucent.
130°F / 54°C - Tender and succulent.
140°F / 60°C - Close to traditional steamed lobster texture.


NOTE: If you can't get live lobsters, frozen lobster tails will work as well. Ignore all instructions pertaining to claws and serve 1 1/2 to 2 lobster tails per person, depending on their size. Start with Step 4 and omit any directions pertaining to claws or knuckles.