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Lobster Thermidor

RECIPE

LobsterEvery now and then it is nice to indulge oneself and have something really special to eat. In the UK lobster is an expensive ingredient and definitely not something most people will eat on a regular basis. So, if you are having lobster, you want it to be a memorable meal and using the Lobster Thermidor recipe you will not go far wrong.

I was a able to buy a couple of small Canadian lobsters from my local supermarket, each weighing about 350g, but you could use just one large lobster if you wished. Like all recipes the weights are only a guide so if your Lobster is slightly heavier do not worry about it.

You can serve Lobster Thermidor in the cleaned shell of the lobster but the small lobsters were not really suitable for this which is why I used a dish.

Ingredients

2 x 350g Cooked Lobsters (or one big one)
25g Butter
1 tbsp Plain Flour
150ml Double Cream
250ml white wine
1 Knorr Fish Stock sachet (cube if not available)
“Slug” of Brandy (optional)
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cayenne
1/2 tsp dry Mustard
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp Grated Parmesan
2 tbsp Breadcrumbs* (coarse)

*Panko breadcrumbs are ideal

Lobster Thermidor

Method

  • Cut the lobsters in half lengthways with a sharp knife and remove stomach sac and intestinal vein. Remove the flesh from the body and claws and chop it into 1/4 inch pieces.

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and when frothy, stir in flour and cook for 1 minute to make a roux.

  • Gradually add the white wine, the cream and stock (and Brandy if using), stirring constantly over a gentle heat until a smooth sauce is achieved.

  • Add the lobster flesh, half the Parmesan, salt, paprika and Cayenne and simmer over a low heat for approximately ten minutes, stirring frequently to ensure it does not stick or burn. Remove from the heat.



  • Preheat the grill.

  • Divide the lobster flesh and sauce between two suitable serving dishes (see photo for example).

  • Mix together the breadcrumbs and remaining Parmesan, sprinkle over the top of the lobster halves and grill for until top is golden and toasted looking (approximately 10 minutes).

  • Serve immediately with a side portion of French fries and/or a salad.

Serves 2

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