Lobster Thermidor

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Lobster Thermidor
Place of origin France
Main ingredients lobster meat, egg yolks, and brandy
Cookbook: Lobster Thermidor  Media: Lobster Thermidor

Lobster Thermidor is a French dish consisting of a creamy mixture of cooked lobster meat, egg yolks, and brandy (often cognac), stuffed into a lobster shell. It can also be served with an oven-browned cheese crust, typically Gruyère. The sauce must contain mustard (typically powdered mustard). Due to expensive ingredients and extensive preparation involved, Lobster Thermidor is usually considered a recipe primarily for special occasions.


The recipe of Lobster Thermidor was created around 1880 by Auguste Escoffier then working in Maison Maire, a Parisian restaurant near the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin. In March 1896, a successful reprise of the play Thermidor by Victorien Sardou opened in that theatre. The play took its name from a summer month in the French Republican Calendar, during which the Thermidorian Reaction occurred, overthrowing Robespierre and ending the Reign of Terror.[1] Mr Paillard (Maison Maire's owner) changed the name of this recipe after the play gained in popularity.

In popular culture[edit]

In the episode of the Batman Beyond cartoon series entitled, "Mind Games" (season 2, episode 10, aired 1999-12-04), Max prefers lobster thermidor as she and Terry stake out the restaurant at Gotham Park Towers (about 5mins 20secs into the episode).

In the 2017 film The Lego Batman Movie, lobster thermidor is prominent in several scenes and is referenced as Batman's favorite food.

In The Sims series, there is an option for your Sim to cook lobster thermidor once they have a high enough skill in cooking.

In the Spam Sketch of Monty Python's Flying Circus one of the menu items mentioned is "Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top and Spam".

In the 1985 film Fletch, the title character played by Chevy Chase orders lobster thermidor to be sent to Gail Stanwyk's cabana for lunch and charges it to Ted Underhill's tab.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Linda's Culinary Dictionary Index". Retrieved March 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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