Dublin Lawyer

No, I am not making this up! This is a very old Irish recipe for lobster. Somehow the idea of boiling your lawyer (lobster), then flambeeing him before dousing him in cream, is somehow a justice to the world! Not only is the name fun, but it is an excellent recipe which is great when you have a few quid to spare! If I don't want to go to the hassle of cleaning and boiling the shells, I will sometimes just serve this over toast points, or a pasta of some kind. But the shells make a great presentation!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (2 pound) fresh lobster

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 small onion, finely diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 3 fluid ounces Irish whiskey


  1. Cut lobster in half. Remove organs and discard; remove meat. Cut into large chunks and set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; drop in lobster shells to clean, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat until just beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add lobster meat, onion, and garlic; cook and stir until onions and garlic are softened, and meat is cooked through but not colored, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in whiskey and set on fire carefully with a lighter. Add cream once alcohol has burned off, or when flames are out. Cook until cream is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes more. Return meat and cream sauce to cleaned shell halves to serve.

Cook's Note:

You can also use a larger lobster for this recipe (it is a minimum of 2 lbs).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

438 Calories
24g Fat
5g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 199mg 66%
Sodium 767mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 678mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.