Lobster with Thermidor butter

Lobster with Thermidor butter

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

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Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter
A luxury that has been prized by chefs for years, so make the most of it with this cheat's classic

Nutrition and extra info

  • Butter only
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal419
  • fat34g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.62g
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Ingredients

  • 2 cooked lobsters
    Lobster

    Lobster

    lob-ster

    The king of the crustaceans, lobster is a delicacy that commands a very high price, with white,…

For the butter

  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 1 shallot, very finely chopped
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • handful tarragon leaves, chopped
    Tarragon

    Tarragon

    ta-ra-gon

    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • handful parsley leaves, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • juice 1⁄2 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • pinch paprika
    Paprika

    Paprika

    pa-preek-ah

    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • dash Tabasco sauce
  • 5 tbsp parmesan, finely grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 140g butter, softened
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

Method

  1. First make the butter. Put the wine and shallot into a pan, then bring to the boil and simmer until nearly dry. Tip into a bowl to cool, mix all the ingredients together, roll into a log, using cling film or foil, then chill to harden. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.

  2. Snap away the claws from the lobster. Using a large chef’s knife, cut the lobster in half and wash the head cavity under cold water, then dry with kitchen paper. Lay the lobsters, cut side up, on a baking tray. Crack the claws and remove the claw meat. Divide claw meat between the head cavities. This can be done the day before and the lobster kept in the fridge ready for grilling.

  3. Heat grill to high. Slice the butter into thin rounds and lay it along the lobsters so all the meat is covered. Grill for 5-8 mins until the butter is bubbling and starting to brown. Put the lobsters on plates, pouring any butter from the tray over them. Serve with new potatoes and some dressed salad leaves.

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tillo
21st Aug, 2017
Ok first instruction is" make the butter" hiw do I do that? Come on for someone who is not a cook let's have the instructions clear.
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courgette_Lover_69
8th Feb, 2017
noice
kyleharbinson
5th Feb, 2013
5.05
Easy to do and incredibly tasty. Don't be shy with the Thermidor butter.
stunningandgorg...
11th Mar, 2014
As a very proud (and absolutely wonderful!) mother of five, I can testify that this recipe is like a gift from heaven, and beyond! I make this for my children's entrée every Thursday evening, and every time, without fail, it turns out perfectly, and of course goes without saying that every last bit is gobbled up!!! A 'must do' for all enthusiasts and beginners alike. Spoil yourself! Go on! x
amd1984
19th Dec, 2011
5.05
Absolutely amazing. Made it last night as my partner and I wanted something fancy but not meat and it couldn't have been better. The thermidor butter makes it so tasty and the whole thing took about a half an hour to prepare and cook. Will definitely be trying this again.
jax1064
26th Nov, 2011
Lidl are doing whole cooked frozen lobsters for 6 quid at the moment x jax
reenyn
4th Mar, 2011
5.05
Divine - have made it twice and are about to make it for friends this Saturday. A simple dish that cannot fail to impress
katysimpson
4th Feb, 2011
5.05
Was stunning. Thanks Barney, another hit.
kimsussex
17th Dec, 2010
im going to try this for a pre-xmas starter, i hope it goes down well as ive never tried to do lobster myself so fingers crossed
pippachoc
15th Dec, 2010
Can't wait to try this next week for pre Christmas meal! I had to plunge these poor beasties into hot water myself, (after a snooze in the deep freeze), so I hope this recipe will do them justice! Above comments bode well, and will report when consumed!

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