If you're having a lobster dinner, don't toss the shells. Save them to make this simple stock. It's a great way to add fat-free flavor. The stock can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and frozen for up to a month. Any size lobsters totaling about 5 pounds

Rebecca Charles
Recipe by Cooking Light July 2003


Recipe Summary

10 cups (serving size: 1 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 15 quarts of water and salt to a boil in a 19-quart stockpot; plunge lobsters headfirst, 1 at a time, into water. Return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes for small lobsters (1 to 1 1/4 pounds) and 10 minutes for larger lobsters (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds). Drain well; cool completely.

  • Remove meat from cooked lobster tails and claws; reserve meat for another use. Rinse out head portion of lobsters. Place lobster shells in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Coarsely crush shells using a meat mallet or rolling pin.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add fennel and next 5 ingredients (fennel through onion); sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are lightly browned. Add 3 quarts of water, crushed shells, wine, parsley, and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Strain shell mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving stock. Discard solids.

Nutrition Facts

25 calories; calories from fat 50%; fat 1.4g; saturated fat 0.2g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 0.1g; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 0.9g; fiber 0.2g; cholesterol 2mg; iron 0.1mg; sodium 52mg; calcium 5mg.