Linda's Spicy Lobster Linguine


This recipe comes courtesy of Linda Greenlaw, the author of "The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island."


  • 1 cup white wine (or vermouth or vodka)

  • 1 cup water

  • Four 1 1/4-pound lobsters

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound linguine

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped

  • Crushed red-pepper flakes, to taste

  • 3 cups drained and coarsely chopped canned tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves


  1. In a large pot, combine wine and 1 cup water, and bring to a simmer. Add lobsters, and steam until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand until cool. Remove the tails and claws. Halve the tails lengthwise, then halve them again crosswise. Crack the claws; set aside. Reserve bodies and knuckles for another use.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add linguine, and cook until al dente, according to package directions.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Stir in red-pepper flakes, tomatoes, and mint. Simmer for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Drain the pasta, and transfer to a large platter. Ladle sauce over pasta, and top with lobster. Serve immediately.

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