Lobster Fra Diavolo
Lobster Fra Diavolo – With all the lobster recipes out there, lobster fra diavolo is quite possibly my favorite. Rich succulent lobster served over a bed of pasta bathed in spicy fra diavolo sauce. Sheer perfection.
Lobster recipes can be daunting, I get it.
You take awkwardly flailing crustaceans home and stare them in the eyes as you dunk them into boiling water. It’s a serious culinary commitment.
But what makes a more decadent and romantic Valentines Day dinner than a steaming ruby red lobster sitting on a plate? Absolutely nothing.
Why not consider giving Lobster Fra Diavolo a try this Valentines Day… for your Sugarloaf, or whatever you call him/her.
A few years ago Lt. Dan and I took a week long vacation (without children) to the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis. We spent most of our days laying on the beach or hiking, and spent our evenings trying to hunt down the best local seafood joints.
Our most memorable meal was at an open-air bar, right on the water. Fishermen brought in freshly caught lobsters and we watched as the “chefs” standing behind an open grill, aggressively whacked the lobsters in half and placed them on the flames. They were then slathered in garlic butter and served sizzling hot.
I had never tasted lobster so good in all my life.
So today I thought I’d combine my two favorite lobster recipes, fresh grilled lobster and comforting Lobster Fra Diavolo for a magnificent Valentine feast for two.
Lobster Fra Diavolo is the perfect way to enjoy lobster, in my opinion. On one hand you have tender sweet lobster meat with a slight smoky quality from the grill. Then you have piles of pasta bathed in a rich spicy fra diavolo sauce, kissed with lobster juices and cognac.
Fra Diavolo means “Brother Devil” in italian, so you can guess, it’s meant to be spicy. But of course you can adjust the spice to your liking.
I also add sweet fennel and a touch of cream to the sauce. I feel it balances out the heat and offers an extra bit of luxury to this dish.
Start by placing the live lobsters in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This numbs the lobsters, making the process more humane and bearable for all involved. Then quickly and forcefully cut the lobsters right down the center from head to tail. The hard part is officially over.
Slather the insides of the lobsters with garlic butter, salt and pepper. Then place the lobsters on a hot grill, shell side down.
Meanwhile, saute onions, garlic and fennel until soft and tender. Add the cognac, tomatoes, clam juice, and crushed red pepper until thick and bubbly.
Pick the lobster meat out of one whole lobster, leaving the other 2 halves intact. Add the cream, lobster juices, and meat to the sauce and toss in the al dente pasta. Place the remaining lobster halves on serving plates. Then slather them with more garlic butter. Finally pile the pasta high on top of the two plated lobsters and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
These lobster recipes come together so perfectly, you would think all lobsters should be grilled and mixed into fra diavolo.
And your sweetheart will think you’re a genius… and brave!
Lobster Fra Diavolo
- 2 live lobsters 1 pound each
- 8 tablespoons butter softened and divided
- 4 cloves minced garlic divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 fennel bulb cored and sliced thin
- 2 shallots peeled and sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup cognac
- 1/2 cup clam juice
- 28 ounces DeLallo crushed tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon DeLallo tomato paste
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 7 ounces DeLallo Fettuccine
- Salt and pepper
- Place the live lobsters in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This numbs the lobsters, making the process more humane and bearable for all involved. Then line your knife between the eyes and quickly and forcefully chop the lobsters right down the center from head to tail. The hard part is officially over. Preheat the grill.
- Mix 6 tablespoons butter with 2 minced garlic cloves. Slather the insides of the lobsters with half the garlic butter, and liberally salt and pepper. Then place the lobsters on a hot grill, shell side down. Grill for 5 minutes, or until the meat is white and opaque. Do not over cook!
- Meanwhile, set a large pot of salted water over high heat to boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. In a separate large skillet, saute the shallots, garlic, parsley and fennel with 2 tablespoons remaining butter and 1 tablespoons olive oil, until soft and tender. Add the cognac, clam juice, tomatoes, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper until thick and bubbly. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Use a small hammer or meat mallet to crack the lobster claws. Pick the lobster meat out of one whole lobster, leaving the other 2 halves intact. Roughly chop the lobster meat. Add the lobster juices and meat to the sauce and toss in the al dente pasta. Add the cream and toss and cook another 2 minutes. Place the remaining lobster halves on serving plates. Then slather them with more garlic butter. Finally pile the pasta high on top of the two plated lobsters and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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This is a great recipe and I am all about the spice! I usually only use the tails but this recipe looks interesting, I may have to try the whole lobster!
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We always have crab or lobster for Valentines Day. This looks AMAZING!
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Oh, hi. You’ll be my personal chef, right? Ahem.
This dish looks absolutely decadent, my mouth is watering over here!
First off, those pics are making my mouth water. Very tasty looking recipe. Secondly, never heard about the lobster in the freezer trick. I’m not squeamish but if there is anything I can do to lessen the discomfort of something I’m about to eat then I’m all for it. Thanks for sharing the recipe (and pics) and for the humane tip on how to handle lobsters.
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For my “sugarloaf”! Hahahaha! But it is a lovey dish, Sommer!
Lobster is definitely reserved for special occasions. This is so mouth-watering!
OMG! This looks AMAZING! I’m hungry now…
your plating of this dish is STUNNING!!! so crazy obsessed right now :)
Since lobster is so freakin cheap up here, I think I might need to pick some up to make this!
Lobster is intimidating for sure but nothing says “special occasion” quite like it.
Absolutely love lobster and this recipe. I must admit that I buy tails from the grocery store that have already been split. I’m not sure I could handle cooking a live one!
Stunning presentation, and oh how I wish I wasn’t allergic to lobster because this looks so good!
This is incredible, one of my all time favorite dishes! You have some lucky Valentines!
My fiance would go gaga over this!
Seeing all these lobster recipes is making me so hungry. Gotta get me a lobster. Looks amazing and flavorful. I’d love to try it!
this is completely stunning Sommer! I am blown away. I made lobster for this week too, but it looks kind of sad in comparison to this masterpiece!
I love seafood! This looks gorgeously delicious!
Gorgeous pasta recipe!!
I love fra diavolo! Lobster is an amazing addition and perfect for the lovely occasion!
Um, this lobster is gorgeous!! What a perfect dish to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
This looks amazing!! I post lobster today too, but now I need this pasta!! Wow! So good!
I am drooling over this!! My hubby is from Boston and would go nuts for this!!
OK, I am officially impressed Sommer! I love love lobster and it is seriously a special treat. I’ll print a copy of this out for my sugar loaf and leave it somewhere obvious for him **hint, hint**
I am kind of scared of Mr. Lobster, but I will take DeLallo pasta any day:)
This looks amazing Sommer! I love lobster.
Wow I am dying for dinner at 6:30am!! Gorgeous Sommer!!
This looks amazing! Perfect for V-Day!
Ok, I have never cooked a live lobster before, but it is definitely on my to do list! This pasta means I have to get on that to do list…this looks yum and perfect for Vday!