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How To Make Your Own Clarified Butter For Lobster Tails & Crab Claws

How To Make Your Own Clarified Butter For Lobster Tails & Crab Claws

How To Make Your Own Clarified Butter For Lobster Tails & Crab Claws

If you’ve ever cooked with butter, you know how integral it is to the flavor of many dishes. For some recipes, however, clarified butter is a must-have ingredient. 

Clarified butter is a type of clarified fat with all of the milk solids and water removed, leaving behind just the golden liquid fat. And if Maine lobster is on the menu, you’ll want clarified butter to brush over the top before and after cooking. 

Here’s what you need to know about clarified butter and how to make it. 

What is Clarified Butter? 

Clarified butter — sometimes called drawn butter — is just regular butter that’s been melted and heated until all its components have been separated. The result is a golden liquid that’s rich in flavor and texture. 

This clarified fat can be used for various cooking techniques like sautéing, basting, or even frying without burning or smoking due to its high smoke point. You can also use it as an alternative to oil when making sauces or vinaigrettes. 

How to Clarify Butter 

Clarifying butter is simple but requires patience and attention to detail. 

Start by melting regular unsalted butter over medium-low heat in a saucepan until it’s completely liquified. Let the melted butter simmer for about 10 minutes, occasionally stirring so that any foam doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan. 

Next, strain the melted butter through cheesecloth into another pot or bowl, which will separate any remaining solids from the liquid fat below them; discard those solids when done straining. 

Finally, pour the now clarified fat into a jar or container and allow it to cool before cooking or baking.

How to Use Clarified Butter When Cooking Lobster

Clarified butter is a popular choice for cooking lobster due to its high smoking point of 400°F – appropriate for the high heat required to cook a large, delectable portion of this luxurious seafood. It may help to add an extra layer of flavor when making lobster. 

To use clarified butter for cooking, start by melting it down in a saucepan at medium-low heat. When prepping your lobster dish of choice, brush some clarified butter onto each piece of lobster meat before putting them on the preheated skillet or grill. 

Let the lobster cook in the clarified butter until they are bright red, and serve with melted clarified butter to dip!

​​What’s the Difference Between Ghee & Clarified Butter?

Ghee and clarified butter can undoubtedly look similar, and many people use them interchangeably, but they have distinct differences. 

Clarified butter often has a higher water content than ghee and, therefore, has a less nutty flavor. However, they are both better suited for high-temperature cooking than traditional butter and don’t burn as quickly due to their lower moisture content and higher smoke point.  


Clarified butter has become increasingly popular due to its superior flavor and higher smoke point than regular butter. It’s also incredibly easy to make at home with just a few ingredients and patience. In fact, we’re convinced that once you master this technique, you’ll never go back! 

Whether you’re looking for an alternative way to cook your favorite dishes or want something new to try in your kitchen, giving clarified butter a shot is worth considering.

Ready to prepare a Maine lobster in clarified butter? Order today or come into our Scarborough, Maine location to purchase fresh caught Maine lobster.

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