David Chang’s Butter-Poached Lobster

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Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

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Steam lobster in the microwave just like David Chang does for fine-dining quality results. Adjust the power level and you get tender, sweet lobster that's perfect for salads or upgrading your mac and cheese. Make a fancy meal with zero fuss, all using your microwave.

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The Medium Shallow Dish

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 2 lobster tails (thawed if frozen), 4-6 oz each
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Chopped parsley or chives, for garnish


  1. Add butter, olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, salt, and the lobster tails to the Anyday and stir to combine. Cover with lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 6

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 


    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 4-5 minutes, or until the lobster shells turn deep red and the butter is fully melted and hot. The meat should look white, and opaque. Make sure not to overcook it!
  3. When the lobster is finished cooking, allow to cool slightly. Crack the shells with a shell cracker, then spoon some of the juices over the meat and season to taste with fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley, or your favorite toppings.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add Worcestershire sauce when cooking the lobster for deeper flavor.
  • For an easy lobster roll, serve cooked lobster pieces inside a warm buttered bun.

Recipe notes

  • We used raw lobster tails, but you can use frozen as well. If using frozen add 1-3 more minutes while cooking.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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