Lazy Lobster Casserole with Buttery Ritz Topping

Lazy Lobster Casserole with Buttery Ritz Topping – a New England classic. Lobster in garlic butter sauce topped with crunchy cracker topping.

lobster casserole in three dishes with crackers and lemon wedges with a fork in one of them.

Lobster Casserole or Lazy Lobster as it is often called at the seafood shacks here in New England. I love lobster, but I don’t always love being covered in lobster juice. This is how you can eat a whole lobster without wearing it.

There are a few different ways that you will see Lazy Lobster served, but typically it is a baked lobster casserole, chunks of lobster served in a small aluminum pie plate in a GENEROUS amount of butter and topped with a Ritz cracker crumble on top. A lemon wedge, a piece of parsley, and a sprinkling of paprika round it out. It is absolutely divine. 

Any time I see this delicacy on a menu, I have to order it, and my favorite versions always have some sherry and a little garlic. 

I started ordering my meats from ButcherBox this year and they sometimes offer lobster. I know that I wanted to try to make my own lobster casserole at home. If I pretend I am sitting at a picnic table with seashells under my feet and the distant sound of seagulls, I would not know that I was eating this in my home. 

ritz crackers, lobster, butter, lemon, parsley, garlic, sherry, oyster crackers

Ingredients for Lobster Casserole //

Ritz crackers. This buttery and slightly sweet cracker is a must-use ingredient. It’s a New England classic and makes a perfect topping.

Oyster crackers. I like to mix my Ritz with oyster crackers because I think that it adds saltiness and cuts a little of the sweetness of the Ritz. This you can omit, but not the Ritz.

Butter. There is a lot of butter in this recipe, but butter and lobster are meant to be together. This is a special occasion dish, so don’t skimp on the butter.

Parsley. I like to add parsley not only for color but also for its bright notes and freshness.

Sherry. I LOVE sherry. It’s the flavor in the background of lobster bisque and it is so delicious in this lobster casserole. 

Lobster. I used ButcherBox cold-cracked lobster, it’s a mixture of knuckle and claw meat. You can use lobster tail or whatever you like, but for this, I think you don’t need to.

Lemon. Can you eat lobster without lemon? I like to add it to the sauce and give my finished casserole a good squeeze of lemon before I take the first bite.

cracker crumbs, parsley, and melted butter in a bowl
cracker crumb topping for seafood casserole in a bowl

How to Make Lazy Lobster // The Steps

Add the crackers to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until it is coarse crumbs. I like some larger texture, so I don’t take it all the way. Pour out into a bowl. 

Add butter and parsley, mix well. Set aside. 

lobster being cooked in butter and garlic on the stove

Let’s start on the lobster. Heat butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the sherry and lemon. Season with salt and pepper. 

If cooking from raw, add the lobster and cook until the lobster begins to firm and change color. (If using steamed lobster, I skip this and just pour the sauce over the lobster meat.) Take off the heat. 

lobster in garlic sauce in individual ramekins on a baking sheet

Divide the lobster evenly between the ramekins or dishes. 

Top generously with the crumb mixture. 

topping a lazy lobster with cracker topping on a baking sheet

Bake in a preheated 350° oven and cook until the lobster is cooked through and the crumbs turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. 

lobster in garlic butter sauce with cracker topping in a pewter serving dish

Serve with fresh parsley and lemon wedges. 

Tips & Tricks //

If you are in a hurry or don’t want to deal with raw lobster, buy steamed lobster from the seafood market, just be careful to not overcook. Lobster can get chewy and tough when it is overcooked. 

You can make one big lobster casserole, but I prefer individual ramekins or dishes. The ones I used in the photos were my grandmother’s and are the perfect vessel for this meal. 

Why Is Lazy Lobster Casserole So Good? //

Lobster. Lobster feels so fancy and extravagant. It instantly feels like summer when I see a lobster on my plate and it makes me so happy. 

Butter. Lots and lots of butter. This dish is everything you loved about eating lobster in one bite. 

Ritz crackers. They add a little sweetness and a whole lot of buttery goodness to the top of this casserole. I think that everything is better with a little crunch and texture, and this crumb topping is divine. 

four dishes of lazy lobster casserole on a table with ritz crackers and lemon wedges

Variations of Lobster Casserole //

You can make this with shrimp and it is also incredible. I had something very similar in a restaurant recently, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Sub shrimp and keep everything the same. 

If you don’t have sherry or want to buy a bottle (although I use sherry all the time, saute some mushrooms with it) you can use white wine or even clam juice. 

To make a lobster appetizer, skip the crumbs and pour the buttery lobster over a crostini for lobster toast. 

You can also use this method to make hot lobster rolls. Add the sauteed lobster meat to New England-style hot dog buns. 

Lobster pasta would be amazing. This would be a really delicious lobster scampi pasta situation. 

How to Store and Reheat Lobster//

I think that this dish is best made and eaten immediately. If you are going to reheat it, cover the dish with foil and put it in a 300° oven for about 10 minutes. 

Make Ahead Options //

You can make the crumb topping ahead of time, stored in an airtight container. Wait to add the parsley until you are ready to use it. 

lazy lobster casserole dish with lemon wedges and Ritz crackers

More Seafood Recipes // 

individual dishes of lazy lobster casserole with ritz cracker topping

Lazy Lobster Casserole with Buttery Ritz Topping

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Lazy Lobster Casserole with Buttery Ritz Topping - a New England classic. Lobster in garlic butter sauce topped with crunchy cracker topping. 

Ingredients

Buttery Ritz Topping

  • 35 Ritz crackers
  • 2 cups Oyster Crackers (Westminster is my preferred brand)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped

Lobster:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sherry
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 24 oz. lobster meat (I used claws and knuckles)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Put 6 ovenproof dishes on a sheet pan and set them aside.
  2. Add Ritz and oyster crackers to a food processor. Pulse until it becomes crumbs. I like some texture, so I don’t pulse it completely. Pour into a bowl and add melted butter and parsley. Mix until completely combined, set aside.
  3. Heat butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add sherry and lemon. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. If using raw lobster meat, add meat and the juices to the pan cook until just until the lobster begins to firm up, about two to three minutes. Remove from heat. 
  5. Divide the lobster and butter mixture evenly between the dishes and top with a generous amount of cracker topping.
  6. (If using cooked lobster, add lobster to dishes and prepare butter mixture as directed, and pour over cooked lobster.)
  7. Put the baking sheet in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the lobster is hot and the topping is golden brown. Serve with lemon wedges and more parsley. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 926mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Sounds delish, just like the Lazy lobster casserole featured on Dr. OZ segment of “The Dish” this past week!

    1. Bree Hester

      I didn’t see it. I don’t watch that show. But it’s a pretty common New England recipe.

  2. Lisa

    I posted a comment yesterday about your delicious lobster casserole. I said it was similar to the Lobster casserole featured on “the Dish”part of Dr. Oz. What happened to my post? Thank you.

    1. Bree Hester

      I have to manually approve all comments and I don’t check them every day.

  3. ER

    If you want to make one big dish, what size would you use? 8×8”? 9×13”?

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