Lobster recipes - cooked lobster and crayfish

6 Fabulous Lobster Recipes! (crayfish)

6 Fabulous Lobster Recipes! (crayfish),

When you snapped up a few of the steeply discounted cooked lobsters not too long ago offered at Australian supermarkets, listed below are my 6 finest Christmas-worthy lobster recipes to essentially take advantage of them. I’ll additionally present you ways simple it’s to take away the lobster meat from the shell!

Lobster Recipes

Rounding off a loopy 12 months, Australian grocery shops have been promoting lobsters at steeply discounted costs within the weeks main as much as Christmas as a consequence of commerce tensions with China. (Learn extra under.)

When you’ve been fortunate sufficient to choose one up, listed below are 6 Lobster recipes that actually take advantage of them. All simple – and also you’re prone to have every part to make a minimum of considered one of these, if not two or three!

Observe: This publish particularly incorporates dishes utilizing cooked lobsters and crayfish, not uncooked, as a result of the discounted lobsters that spurred this publish got here cooked. There’s a broader number of preparation choices for uncooked lobster which aren’t coated on this publish.

Cooked lobsters
4 discount lobsters I picked up this Christmas! Technically, they’re crayfish not lobsters, as a result of they don’t have the enormous claws. In Australia, we solely have crayfish. However everybody calls them lobsters!
Lemon Browned Butter Sauce for Lobster
Lobster with Lemon Browned Butter Sauce (Beurre noisette – sure, it’s French darling!)

Finest approach to serve cooked lobster

My largest recommendation for making a dish with pre-cooked lobster is to maintain it easy, and don’t prepare dinner it which is able to danger drying it out. That’s like cooking a cooked steak – you simply don’t!

Retailer purchased pre-cooked lobster doesn’t have the identical full flavour as a freshly cooked uncooked one, so it’s finest to protect the flavour it does have by conserving it easy. Let the lobster meat take centre stage!

Observe: you can not make cooked lobster dishes equivalent to Lobster Mornay and Lobster Bisque with a lobster already cooked. You want uncooked lobster. Let’s save these for one more time!

Lobster Platter
Plate of lobster, seafood platter fashion, pictured right here with Brown Butter Lemon Sauce for drizzling and dipping. Any of the Seafood Sauces listed under are additionally concept!

6 Lobster Recipes utilizing cooked lobster

Listed here are the lobster recipes I’m sharing at the moment:

  1. Lobster with seafood sauce (select from 4)
  2. Lobster Cocktail (Prawn Cocktail – however made with lobster!)
  3. Lobster with herb and garlic butter
  4. Lobster with French Lemon Butter Sauce (Beurre noisette)
  5. Lobster with Salsa Verde
  6. Lobster Rolls – the last word seafood sandwich. Full cease, finish of story!

1. Seafood Sauces (4 sorts)

Dipping lobster into seafood sauce
Dipping a bit of lobster into the RecipeTin Household Favorite Seafood Sauce, one of many sauces the Prawn Dipping Sauces publish

Serving lobster alongside seafood sauces is a basic summer time method of serving lobster that permit’s the attractive lobster flavour take centre stage. Suppose – big seafood platters served at eating places!

Virtually any seafood sauce you’d ordinarily serve with seafood will work effectively with lobster. Listed here are 3 classics plus our household favorite that I take advantage of as Prawn Dipping Sauces (ie alongside big buckets of cooked prawns!):

  1. Marie Rose / Thousand Island sauce – a impartial creamy pink sauce made with mayonnaise and ketchup that may let the flavour of lobster shine;
  2. Seafood Cocktail Sauce – the punchier flavoured model of Marie Rose. The sauce itself really has flavour, it’s tangy and type of savoury, with extra layers of flavour as a result of there’s extra substances on this. Use sparingly with lobster ie don’t achieved closely!
  3. Tartare sauce – similar to what you get on the native fish and chip store! (Besides higher, as a result of you may really style the gherkins and capers in it); and
  4. Our Household Favorite Seafood Sauce – a cross between Marie Rose and Tartare with extra freshness and flavour.

You should purchase all these sauces on the grocery retailer. However they pale compared to freshly made!

2. Lobster Cocktail

When you’re pondering hey, that’s prawns within the photograph not lobster!, you’re proper! The photograph under is Prawn Cocktails and lobster makes an outright good change for the prawns within the recipe.

This can be a good, simple concept for elegant, particular person starters.

Prawn Cocktail - Prawns (shrimp) tossed in a Marie Rose Sauce, the classic pink mayonnaise sauce for prawn cocktails. Fast, fresh and delicious! www.recipeteineats.com

My largest recommendation: preserve it easy. Don’t prepare dinner it – you danger drying it out. And don’t overwhelm the lobster with different flavours!

3. Lobster with herb & garlic butter

Garlic Butter Sauce for Lobster

An excellent simple one you simply can’t go mistaken with! Melted butter, garlic, lemon and an excellent hit of contemporary parsley.

To serve: Drizzle generously over sliced lobster, and in addition serve in a small bowl so everybody will help themselves (or dunk!). For particular person plates, serve it just like the Lemon Browned Butter Lobster pictured under.

TIP: Be certain to offer crusty bread. All of the lobster juices and butter makes for an excellent bread-plate-mopping state of affairs!

4. Lemon Browned Butter Sauce for Lobster

Lemon Butter Sauce for Lobster

Known as Beurre noisette in French, it is a good luxurious sauce for every type of seafood and is a extremely popular sauce recipe used for fish. The explanation it’s so good is as a result of it’s not simply melted butter with lemon, it’s browned butter which has a way more intense, nutty flavour than plain melted butter.

Plus, the extraordinary golden yellow color is beautiful! And to suppose that is simply made with two substances – butter and lemon! (It’s all within the methodology)

Spoon scooping up homemade ghee

The best way to serve it: As above with garlic butter, drizzle and in addition present further for every particular person to spoon over as a lot as they need.

TIP: This can be a good one to make use of if you wish to plate up particular person start-size plates, equivalent to pictured on the high of the publish. It appears to be like elegant as a result of the butter is a extra intense yellow color than simply regular melted butter, and as talked about above it’s a bit fancy pants Frenchy.

5. Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde with Lobster
Salsa Verde on lobster items, an concept for a lobster starter

A inexperienced sauce made with finely minced contemporary herbs combined with olive oil and somewhat garlic, that is spectacular with most seafoods, from cooked fish to grilled prawns, and most actually for lobster.

The best way to serve it: Platter fashion for sharing, with a bowl of Salsa Verde for folks to assist themselves. Or the lobster sliced into chunk measurement items with Salsa Verde drizzled over it, served as particular person starters – as pictured above.

6. Lobster Rolls

Hailing from New England within the States, lobster rolls have achieved considerably of a cult standing in NYC. Luxurious but relatable, although usually comes with a hefty price ticket, these are absolutely probably the most luxurious sandwich on the earth…although I take advantage of the phrase “sandwich” loosely!!

Lobster rolls

Comprised of shredded or chopped lobster in a mayonnaise primarily based sauce stuffed inside smooth rolls, there’s only one vital rule: don’t skimp on the lobster. The entire level of a lobster roll is for the filling to be ample and overflowing. Each chunk must be principally lobster with bread simply taking a supporting position. Not the opposite method spherical!

So don’t make lobster rolls if you happen to don’t have sufficient lobster!

TIP: 1 common measurement discounted complete lobster presently promoting at Woolworths/Coles (~700-800g complete) is sufficient to fill simply over 2 mini brioche bun rolls, as pictured above, or 3 mini brioche rolls (ie spherical).

No lobster mornay? No Lobster pasta??

There are some nice basic lobster recipes that may solely be made with uncooked lobster. So on this part, I cowl off on why they aren’t appropriate to make with pre-cooked lobster.

Lobster Pasta with Garlic Butter
Lobster pasta made with uncooked lobster, utilizing the shell and head to make a inventory that was used because the pasta sauce. I made this a few months in the past utilizing contemporary native lobsters caught by a good friend.

As talked about above, the lobster flavour, tenderness of juiciness of the meat shouldn’t be nearly as good with pre-cooked lobsters in comparison with freshly cooked uncooked lobsters.

As well as, not beginning with uncooked lobster means you lose the flexibility to make dishes that require a prolonged prepare dinner time, the additional flavour you get from the shell and even the flavour you get in sauces from searing the uncooked lobster meat, equivalent to once we make issues like Creamy Garlic Prawns.

This limits the makes use of of pre-cooked lobster in comparison with uncooked lobster which can be utilized for a a lot wider number of equivalent to pastas, lobster bisque and Lobster Mornay, to call a number of.

When you simply tossed lobster meat into pasta or a soup, you’d solely get lobster flavour once you bit into a bit of meat – and it’s dispersed all through. So to make a very good, say, lobster pasta, you really want the lobster flavour within the sauce to coat the pasta, and to attain this it’s essential begin with uncooked lobster.

The best way to take away shell / meat of lobster (crayfish)

Round 95% of the meat in lobster is within the tail, in order that’s all we have to take away. It’s not troublesome to do with cooked lobster right here’s how:

1. Insert knife between head and tail – insert a small knife within the hole between the shell the place the tail and head meat on a forty five diploma angle, virtually scraping the within of the shell of the pinnacle;

How to remove shell from lobster

2 Lower via the flesh alongside the highest and aspect of the lobster (no want to chop all the best way round);

How to remove shell from lobster

3. Twist off tail – then give the tail a twist and it’ll separate from the pinnacle. An excellent chunk of the meat from inside the pinnacle must be hooked up. If the meat has yellow and black bits on it from inside the pinnacle, simply scrape or lower it off. The yellow stuff is named tomalley – or “mustard” – as has intense lobster flavour…. nevertheless it’s an acquired style. I don’t eat it!

How to remove shell from lobster
The yellow “mustard” contained in the lobster head is named tomalley and it has intense lobster flavour. Some folks adore it. I’m not considered one of them – it’s an acquired style! So I discard it.

4. Lower underside with scissors – flip the tail the wrong way up so the smooth shell is dealing with up. Then lower down both aspect so you may peel it again a bit like opening a can of sardines!

How to remove shell from lobster
How to remove shell from lobster
After reducing down both aspect of the tail, peel again the smooth shell to disclose the pearly flesh!

5. Loosen meat – simply use your fingers to loosen the lobster meat from the shell. It comes out simply and neatly;

How to remove shell from lobster

6. Take away poop vein – if you happen to see a poop vein (black “string” down the again of the lobster tail meat), then fastidiously pull it out. When you stretch the meat out straight, you need to be capable of pull it out in a single go. If it breaks, simply lower an incision midway down the lobster tail then use a toothpick to assist take away it.

In any other case, decide it out once you slice it. (Typically poop vein is thick, typically barely there!)

7. Lobster meat eliminated! And voila! Lobster tail meat take away from the shell in a single neat piece!

Seems like a large prawn, no? 🙂

How to remove shell from lobster
Lobster tail meat appears to be like like a large prawn! Contemplate save the tail shell for presentation. You possibly can even serve the Lobster Cocktail possibility IN the tail shell!

8. Serve complete or lower – you may both serve the lobster meat in a single piece and let folks lower it themselves into chunk measurement items. Or you may lower it up into chunks – as much as you, and relies upon how a lot lobster there’s to go round.

Scroll as much as see images of particular person plates the place I sliced the lobster meat, and the platter the place I saved many of the items complete.

Tip: Preserve a minimum of one lobster head. It makes for nice presentation on a platter!

Lobster meat removed from shell
Distinction between lobsters and crayfish?

Lobsters have large claws whereas crayfish don’t, however aside from that they’re principally the identical factor. They style the identical, and the preparation for cooking is similar.

In Australia, we solely have crayfish. However everybody calls them lobsters – even within the shops, and even for exporting functions!

Lobster Platter

The best way to heat cooked lobster

Although I don’t suggest cooking cooked lobster, you may heat it up barely if you want.

The very best methodology is to steam utilizing a range steamer, only for a couple of minutes till the lobster meat is warmed via. Don’t danger a microwave steamer – too simple to prepare dinner the lobster!

Low cost lobsters?!! The background….

Commerce tensions with China has seen our lobster export trade come to a standstill. China accounts for 95% of our $750 million lobster export trade – that’s a LOT of lobster!

So thousands and thousands of {dollars} of lobsters which had been destined for the export market have made their approach to mainstream Australian grocery shops (Woolworths and Coles). They’re being offered at closely discounted costs of ~$20 every, making them way more accessible for on a regular basis Aussies in comparison with the standard hefty value tags, upwards of $100 every!

These discounted lobsters are offered cooked and frozen, so the recipes contained on this publish is particularly for cooked lobster.

And there you’ve it. Some fast last-minute recipes for fellow Aussies who’ve been fortunate sufficient to attain a few of the low cost lobsters this Christmas. An impromptu publish I made a decision to share after studying at 11 am at the moment that I’ll be in lockdown over Christmas Day – so I made a decision to make use of the lobsters I acquired for Christmas Day Lunch to do that publish as a substitute!

I do know I say these are “fast and straightforward”, however I did handle to make a frightful mess photographing these recipes…. The clear up was lengthy and painful!!! 😂 – Nagi x

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Lobster recipes - using cooked lobster or crayfish

Lobster Recipes – for cooked lobster or crayfish

Servings4 – 8 folks

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Listed here are 6 simple recipes for cooked lobster or crayfish that take advantage of this luxurious seafood! If you purchase pre-cooked lobster, it is best to maintain it easy to protect the flavour within the flesh (flavour is best with freshly cooked uncooked lobster – however way more costly to purchase!).TOP TIP: Preserve it easy and do not re-cook lobster that is already cooked (danger of drying out, lack of flavour). Deal with it like buckets of cooked complete prawns you peel your self!Rundown of every recipe in recipe notes under.


1. Seafood Sauces for Lobster – select:

3. Lobster with Herb & Garlic Butter (sufficient for two lobsters)

4. Lobster with French Lemon Butter Sauce (2 lobsters)

5. Lobster with Salsa Verde (4 lobsters)


Take away shell (see images in publish):

  • Lower between head and tail: Insert a small knife at a forty five diploma angle into the hole between the tail and head. Lower alongside the highest and sides via to the center – no have to do beneath.

  • Separate head from tail: Twist the tail to separate it from the pinnacle. It should pull out meat from the pinnacle as effectively.

  • Clear: Scrape or trim off any yellow of black residue on the tip that got here out of the pinnacle.

  • Lower underside: Lower down each side of the smooth shell on the underside of the tail. Then peel it again like a can of sardines to disclose the lobster flesh.

  • Take away flesh: Rigorously take away the flesh – it ought to come off the shell cleanly.

  • Take away poop vein – if you happen to see a poop vein (black “string” down the again of the lobster tail meat), then fastidiously pull it out. When you stretch the meat out straight, you need to be capable of pull it out in a single go. In any other case, decide it out once you slice it. (Typically poop vein is thick, typically barely there!)

  • Residual meat in head: There can be some residual meat within the head that can be utilized. The yellow “mustard” (referred to as tomalley) has very intense lobstar flavour however is an acquired style… I don’t eat it!

  • The best way to serve: Lobster tail meat could be served complete, sliced into thick or skinny items or diced, relying on use. I don’t suggest shredded because it loses juiciness.

Seafood Sauces:

  • Make Sauce per the Dipping Sauces recipe.
  • Serve alongside lobster for dipping. Both lower the lobster into chunk measurement items, or serve complete for folks to chop themselves. Plate it up individually or on a share platter.

Lobster Cocktail:

  • Make the Prawn Cocktail recipe however substitute prawn for lobster lower into small chunk measurement items.

Lobster with Herb & Garlic Butter:

  • Soften butter in a small skillet over medium warmth. As soon as foamy, add garlic and prepare dinner till mild golden. Take away from range, add lemon juice and parsley.

  • Serving: Pour into serving bowl and serve alongside lobster. Garnish with parsley leaves and lemon wedges.

  • Consuming: Let folks both dip in chunk measurement items or drizzle over lobster, plated up indivudually or on a share fashion plate. Mop plate clear with crusty bread!

Lobster with Lemon Browned Butter Sauce

  • Make the sauce per the Lemon Browned Butter Sauce recipe.
  • Slice the lobster into chunk measurement items. Pile onto plate or prepare on indivudual plates. Sprinkle with salt (crucial as browned butter is unsalted).

  • Serving: Drizzle with some browned butter, then serve extra on the aspect. Garnish with parsley leaves and lemon wedges.

  • Consuming: To eat, dip or drizzle lobster with extra browned butter. Mop plate clear with crusty bread!

Salsa Verde:

  • Blitz substances in a Nutribullet or small meals processor till it turns into a paste. It must be easy however a little bit of courseness for texture ie do not mix right into a smoothie.

  • Slice lobster into chunk measurement items. Organize on indvidual plates or share plate. Drizzle little dollops of salsa verde over lobster – do not go overboard, the flavour is sort of sturdy!

  • Garnish with lemon wedges & parlsey leaves, serve.

Lobster Rolls:

  • Place lobster in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, lemon, chives, celery, inexperienced onions, salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat.

  • Cut up then generously butter buns or rolls. Stuff generously! Makes 2 mini brioche buns or 3 spherical rolls.

Recipe Notes:


  1. Lobster with seafood sauce (select from 4) – alla seafood platter fashion, probably the most basic approach to take advantage of lobster flesh.
  2. Lobster Cocktail – it’s Prawn Cocktail, however made with lobster!
  3. Lobster with garlic butter – a lifeless set certain factor you may by no means go mistaken with!
  4. Lobster with French Lemon Butter Sauce (Beurre noisette) – “it’s French, darling!” Made with browned butter which has intense buttery, lemon flavour, this sauce is a French basic and is a really elegant, restaurant-worthy sauce for lobster. Plates up elegantly as a person starter (see in publish)
  5. Lobster with Salsa Verde – brilliant inexperienced parsley garlic sauce, a basic with seafood that delivers large flavour! Glorious sauce to serve with plain seafoods, and appears hanging towards the white flesh;
  6. Lobster Rolls – a New York favorite! Finest for freshly cooked lobster in any other case the lobster flavour isn’t as sturdy. If utilizing the low cost Woolworths/Coles lobster, it’s essential stuff (very!) generously to make sure you get an excellent lobster flavour (the lobster flavour in these isn’t the strongest)

1. Lobster – this record has been created as a compilation of recipes that work effectively utilizing pre-cooked lobster. The makes use of are extra restricted than utilizing uncooked lobster, and the primary tip I’ve is to make use of the lobster as is, with out cooking it once more (danger of drying out, lack of flavour).
In case you have uncooked lobster, the number of choices is far broader so don’t restrict your self to simply this record!
Frozen lobster – place on a tray or giant bowl and thaw in a single day within the fridge. Drain effectively earlier than utilizing.
Eradicating lobster shell – don’t do that till you might be able to serve the lobster because it protects the flesh and retains it juicy.
2Salsa Verde – leftovers could be frozen. Thaw in fridge in a single day. Use as sauce for fish or different seafood. Sturdy flavour means you needn’t do the rest to flavour the fish!
3. Lobster rolls:

  • 1 complete lobster presently promoting at discounted costs at Woolworths/Coles will make 2 mini brioche buns or 3 mini brioche spherical rolls.
  • Don’t skimp on filling – there can be an excessive amount of bread which is able to takeover the lobster consuming expertise! 
  • Mayonnaise high quality is vital for an incredible lobster roll expertise! Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise is the very best for my part (smoothest, richest flavour and mouthfeel), adopted by Hellman’s then S&W Complete Egg Mayonnaise. 

Low fats or low-cost mayonnaise manufacturers – too candy or too sharp or simply don’t style actual! Don’t waste your lobster on unhealthy mayo – use the great things!

Lifetime of Dozer

The final minute cancellation of Christmas events and prolonged keep by household throughout this Christmas interval signifies that each Dozer and I’ve been doing a number of THIS over the previous week!!

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