So, I could sit here and lie to you, and pretend that I’m so incredibly glitzy and glamorous (aren’t bloggers supposed to be these days?), and spend my evenings solely sipping on champagne, and eating lobster all day everyday.
But that would be a massive lie and I’m not really into that!
I do, however, LOVE lobster. And if I ever get the chance (ok, let’s be honest, when I’m not paying), I always jump at the chance to eat it.
Having said that, lobster dishes don’t always have to be expensive. My dad used to live by the sea, where lobsters are an absolute bargain. We always ate them, hot with garlicky butter. It’s my absolute favourite way of eating them!
In London, it’s trickier. When I cook for clients I obviously buy the best lobsters I can get my hands on, and they’re absolutely amazing. But I can’t afford to eat them myself.
I do think whole lobsters are one of those things that are, annoyingly, worth shelling out for (pun intended). But the good news is that we mere mortals can still enjoy lobster for a fraction of the price. Some supermarkets do good cooked lobster, which is great for salads and for making these epic lobster rolls.
You can also make friends with your local fishmonger, and there are often deals to be struck. Most supermarkets sell lobster tails, which you can just boil, saving the faff and stress of cooking whole lobsters, which is not something I personally enjoy. If you’re lucky enough to live near the sea,well, you’re lucky in more ways than one.
I think it was at Burger and Lobster that I first discovered the joy of a lobster roll. If you haven’t been, the basic premise is that you pay £20 and choose a lobster roll or a burger. On the pricey side either way, but who goes there to order a burger? Anyway – the soft brioche roll goes beautifully with the sweet and succulent lobster, and it’s just a joyous thing.
Bring these out at a picnic, and prepare to have people raving about you all day long. You’re welcome.
This also works beautifully with prawns, or crayfish, if you find that easier – all of these are just delish.
- 4 cooked lobsters or 700g lobster meat
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 inner celery stalks and leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 brioche rolls, split
- Melted butter, for brushing
- Chives for garnish, and leaves if you fancy it
- Wasabi is also amazing mixed in
- Remove the meat from the lobsters or just chop any large chunks into bite-size pieces.
- Pop into a bowl, and add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Give it a good stir and then put into the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the salad to get even more flavourful and delicious.
- Next brush the cut sides of the rolls with melted butter and fill with the lobster salad.
- Share if you dare.