Peter McKenna’s Maple and Scotch Whisky Glazed Smoked Butter Poached Lobster

Mains / Fish and Seafood

Maple poached lobster
1 portion


  • Native lobster
  • 500g butter
  • 100ml maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 50ml maple vinegar
  • Splash Bowmore 15-year-old
  • Blackthorn salt to season


  1. Cold smoke the butter for 1 hour.
  2. Clarify and remove milk solids.
  3. Blanch the lobster for 3 minutes in boiling seasoned water, refresh in ice water.
  4. Boil the maple syrup and reduce to half the volume, add the maple vinegar and bring back to boil, reduce till a balance of flavour is achieved once cool add the Bowmore to taste.
  5. Cut the chilled lobster tail in half and carefully crack open the claws, remove the flesh and clean the carcass.
  6. Poach the flesh in the smoked butter (at 56 – 57 degrees) for 5 minutes.
  7. Once the lobster is cooked remove from the butter and place neatly back in its shell.
  8. Brush on the maple glaze, season with the blackthorn salt and finish on a BBQ to accentuate the smoky flavours.

Learn how to cook lobster like a professional chef with this stunning butter poached lobster recipe from Peter McKenna. This elegantly simple smoked lobster dish is enriched with the aromas of 15-year-old Splash Bowmore whisky and butter. One of the best lobster recipes we’ve ever tasted!

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