Planked Live Lobster

Preparation info

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Recipes of all Nations

By Countess Morphy

Published 1935

  • About

This is one of the favourite American ways of cooking either fish or meat, and the use of the plank gives the ingredients a particular flavour. The plank used should be of oak, about an inch thick and slightly larger than the meat or fish.


  • 1 lobster
  • 3 or 4 tomatoes, slices of cucumber, cooked potatoes cut in strips, oil, butter, parsley, salt, pepper and lemon juice.


Split the lobster, brush it over with oil and bake in a quick oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the lobster from the oven, place it on the oiled plank and put it for a few minutes longer in the oven. Serve on the plank, with a garnish of sliced tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes and parsley, and pour over the lobster melted butter to which salt, pepper and the juice of half a lemon have been added.