Vodka-Steamed Lobsters with Tomato-Thyme Butter Sauce

Vodka-Steamed Lobsters with Tomato-Thyme Butter Sauce
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 2 whole live lobsters (1-¾ lb. each)
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup vodka
  • Big pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped (3 Tbs.)
  • + 5 more ingredients
    • 2 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces
    • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
    • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
    • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
    • Freshly ground black pepper

In a tall stockpot, bring 5 cups water, the vodka, sugar, and 1 tsp. salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, kill the lobsters. Add the lobsters to the pot and steam, covered, until they’re bright red and a small leg easily pulls away from the body, about 10 minutes. Transfer the lobste...

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