Monday, 25 July 2016

Buttered Lobster Tails

Nothing looks quite as magnificent and decadent than a plate of lobster tails but it's actually one of the easiest dished to make. The secret is not to over cook, keeping it sweet and succulent.

There are lots of ways to cook a lobster - boiled, grilled and if the weathers right, barbecued. But for this recipe I simply baked them in the oven with a little butter and lime juice.

Recipe - enough for two
2 large, uncooked lobster tails
2oz butter
handful fresh fennel fronds
juice and zest of a lime
salt and freshly ground black pepper

extra lime wedges to serve

pre heat oven to 190C/Gas 5

First of all you need to split your lobster tail in half lengthwise. The shell can be quite tough so I suggest using a sharp pair of kitchen scissors to get through and then a sharp knife for the flesh. Once you have cut the tail in half gently loosen the shell from the meat - the easiest way is to do this with your fingers. You just want to break the membrane that attaches the meat to the shell to make it easier to eat.

Now lay the tails, shell side down, into a high sided baking dish, cover and place to one side.

Next you need to melt the butter and lime juice together in a small pan. Heat over a low flame to gently melt the butter. At this stage you don't need to warm it too much just enough to melt it.

Brush a little of the melted butter and lime juice over the surface of the lobster tails. Pour a cup of water onto the base of the baking tray around the tails. Place in the oven, uncovered, to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until the flesh is firm and opaque.

Whilst the lobster tails are cooking you can finish off the herb butter. Finely chop the fennel and add about a teaspoon to the melted butter. Place back over a very low heat and add the lime zest, salt and pepper. Stir and then leave to heat through - do not let it boil or burn.

Once you lobster tails are cooked remove from the baking tray and place onto warm plates.

Spoon the herb butter, generously, over the tails and serve straight away. With a bowl of french fries or some crusty bread to mop up the juices.

You can use this herb butter for grilled or boiled lobster, crab or prawns. It's also great poured over scallops or oysters as well!

Have a great start to your week
Love Lizx

 Buttered Lobster Tails