Pan-Roasted Lobster Brown Butter, Hazelnuts and Lemon Thyme
For this dish, we prefer the hard-shell lobsters from Maine for their briny flavor.
2 1½-pound live, hard-shell lobsters
¼ cup olive oil
½ stick butter
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
2 sprigs fresh thyme
¼ cup chopped hazelnuts
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Remove the claws from the lobster and cook in rapidly boiling water for 7 minutes. Split the lobsters in half (your fish monger can do this if you prefer).
2. Heat a 14-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Place the lobster halves in the pan and sear until bright red. Once the meat starts to cook, add the butter and let it brown.
3. Add the juice of 2 lemon wedges, thyme and hazelnuts, and spoon mixture over the lobsters. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and garnish with lemon.