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How to Make Lobster Stock

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Lobster Stock
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Lobster stock is a special item. It isn't every day you get a chance to enjoy the richness of lobster meat, and with the critters being so expensive, every cook should have a recipe to make use of the leftover bodies and shells. This recipe is for lobster stock, but you can concentrate it and add a bit more salt to make a rich lobster broth, too. Use this as a soup base, or for a fantastic lobster risotto -- or just have a cup of it on a cold day! This recipe make about a gallon of stock. It freezes well for up to 6 months.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • Bodies and shells from 2-4 lobsters
  • 4 T. olive oil
  • 2 chopped medium onions
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 4 chopped celery stalks
  • The tops from a fennel bulb, chopped
  • 4-5 chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb chopped mushrooms
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup white wine or dry sherry
  • 4 T. chopped parsley
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cheesecloth for straining


Break the lobster shells into small pieces. Open the bodies and remove the gray, feathery gills. Remove the sand sac from between the eyes. Crush the bodies so they fit in a large stewpot.

Heat the olive oil in the stewpot and saute the onions, celery and carrots over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the lobster and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the garlic, fennel and mushrooms, mix well and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the parsley, bay leaves and tomatoes, then the wine or dry sherry.

Mix well and cook until the alcohol largely burns off the wine, about 3-4 minutes. Add enough water to cover everything by 2-3 inches.

Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Simmer gently for at least 90 minutes. Add some salt and taste.

Cook until it tastes full-flavored, and then strain. Do this by turning off the heat, then grabbing all the big chunks with tongs and tossing them in the trash. Strain the rest through a fine-meshed sieve with a piece of cheesecloth set inside it.

Pour into quart-sized Mason jars or some other container. This will keep for up to 10 days in the fridge, or 6 months in the freezer.

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