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Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine

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Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine


Imagine this: a cozy evening, a beautifully set table, and the aroma of a delightful dish wafting through the air. That’s the magic of Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine. This dish combines the richness of lobster with the tangy brightness of lemon and the comforting creaminess of a well-made sauce. It’s a perfect meal for special occasions or when you just want to treat yourself to something extraordinary.

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Fresh and Quality Ingredients

The key to a great Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine is using the freshest ingredients possible. Fresh lobster is a must, as it provides a tender and succulent texture that frozen lobster just can’t match.

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Where to Source Your Lobster

If you live near the coast, you’re in luck! Local seafood markets often have the freshest catch. For those inland, many grocery stores carry fresh lobster, or you can order it online from reputable seafood suppliers.

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Preparing the Lobster

Cleaning and Prepping

Start by cleaning the lobsters. Rinse them under cold water to remove any debris.

Boiling the Lobster

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lobsters and cook for about 8-10 minutes, until they turn bright red. Remove them from the water and let them cool.

Extracting the Meat

Once the lobsters are cool enough to handle, crack open the shells and extract the meat. Be sure to get all the delicious meat from the claws, tail, and legs. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

Cooking the Fettuccine

Choosing the Right Pasta

Fettuccine is perfect for this dish because its flat, wide shape holds the creamy sauce beautifully.

Perfect Al Dente Texture

Cook the fettuccine in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, usually about 10-12 minutes. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Making the Creamy Lemon Sauce

Step-by-Step Sauce Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream and bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and zest.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combining the Ingredients

Mixing Pasta with Sauce

Add the cooked fettuccine to the skillet with the sauce. Toss to coat the pasta evenly with the creamy lemon sauce.

Adding the Lobster Meat

Gently fold in the lobster meat, ensuring it is well distributed throughout the pasta.

Seasoning and Adjusting Flavors

Balancing Lemon and Cream

Taste the dish and adjust the flavors as needed. You want a balance between the tangy lemon and the rich cream. If it’s too tangy, add a bit more cream. If it’s too rich, a squeeze of lemon juice can brighten it up.

Seasoning Tips

Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper. Freshly cracked black pepper adds a nice touch of heat.

Cooking Tips and Tricks

Avoiding Common Mistakes

  • Don’t overcook the pasta; it should be al dente.
  • Ensure the cream doesn’t boil too hard to avoid curdling.
  • Taste as you go to adjust seasoning.

Enhancing Flavors

Adding a pinch of red pepper flakes can give a subtle heat that complements the lemon and lobster well.

Serving Suggestions

Perfect Plate Presentation

Serve the Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine on a large platter or individual plates. Garnish with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of lemon zest for a pop of color and flavor.

Accompaniments and Side Dishes

Pair this dish with a simple green salad and a side of garlic bread. The lightness of the salad balances the richness of the pasta, while the garlic bread is perfect for sopping up any leftover sauce.

Pairing with Wines

Best Wine Choices

  • Chardonnay: Its buttery flavor complements the creamy sauce.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Its acidity cuts through the richness of the dish.

Why These Wines Work

These wines enhance the flavors of the dish without overpowering them, making each bite and sip a delightful experience.

Variations and Substitutions

Alternative Ingredients

  • Shrimp or scallops can be used instead of lobster.
  • For a different twist, try using a different type of pasta, like linguine.

Making it Vegetarian

Replace the lobster with sautéed mushrooms or artichoke hearts for a delicious vegetarian version.

Nutritional Information

Caloric Breakdown

This dish is indulgent, so it’s higher in calories. A typical serving can have around 600-700 calories.

Health Benefits

Despite its richness, this dish provides protein from the lobster and essential nutrients from the cream and cheese.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Best Practices for Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Reheating Tips

Reheat gently in a skillet over low heat, adding a splash of cream to loosen the sauce if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Frozen Lobster?

Yes, but fresh lobster is recommended for the best texture and flavor.

How to Prevent Sauce from Curdling?

Ensure the cream is simmered gently and not boiled rapidly.

What if I Don’t Have Fresh Lemons?

Bottled lemon juice can be used, but fresh lemons provide the best flavor.

Can I Make it Ahead of Time?

You can prepare the sauce and cook the lobster in advance, but cook the pasta just before serving.

Is There a Non-Dairy Version?

Use coconut cream and a non-dairy cheese alternative for a lactose-free version.


There you have it – a delightful and indulgent dish that combines the best of the sea with the zesty brightness of lemon. Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine is sure to impress anyone you serve it to, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a weeknight treat. So go ahead, gather your ingredients, and treat yourself to a culinary experience that’s nothing short of extraordinary.

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Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine

Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine
Imagine this: a cozy evening, a beautifully set table, and the aroma of a delightful dish wafting through the air. That's the magic of Creamy Lemon Lobster Fettuccine. This dish combines the richness of lobster with the tangy brightness of lemon and the comforting creaminess of a well-made sauce. It's a perfect meal for special occasions or when you just want to treat yourself to something extraordinary.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • For the lobster:
  • 2 cups dry white wine (like a Chardonnay)
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 (5 ounce) lobster tails
  • For the pasta:
  • 10 ounces fettuccine (about 2/3 of a box)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • zest of 1 lemon, plus more for serving
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4-1/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • fresh basil leaves, for serving
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Begin by poaching the lobster tails. Add the wine and thyme to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add lobster tails and reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until they turn red and curl up into almost a ball. Remove from saucepan and let cool. Using kitchen shears or scissors, carefully cut down the belly of the lobster tail to remove the meat and chop into chunks. Set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta, and season with a couple big pinches of salt. Cook pasta until al dente. (Don't forget to scoop out your pasta water before you drain it! I like to keep a mug or heat-safe measuring cup next to the stove so that I don't forget.)

  3. Meanwhile, start the cream sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and season with a pinch of salt and a few turns of freshly cracked black pepper. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and until you're just starting to see some caramelization. Add the cream, raise heat slightly and bring to a slow simmer. (Be sure to not heat the cream too high or bring it to a boil, or else the cream can separate!)

  4. Once cream is just bubbling, reduce heat and add the butter, lemon zest, parmesan, and salt. Stir until butter and parm are melted, and mixture is smooth and creamy. Start by adding 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water and lemon juice and stir to combine. Add the chopped lobster into the sauce to heat through, for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Add the pasta and toss with tongs until the sauce coats the pasta. If the sauce seems like it's too thick and needs a little loosening up, add another splash of pasta water until the sauce coats the pasta to your liking.

  5. Portion into bowls and garnish with fresh basil leaves, lemon zest, freshly cracked black pepper, and lemon wedges. Serve immediately.


*If you don't want to cook with wine, you can substitute water for the poaching liquid.

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