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  • 30ml cooking oil

  • 2 x 600g lobster tails (from a 900g live lobster), intestinal tract removed

  • Aromatic spice mix

  • 50g Sea salt

  • 1 Cinnamon quill

  • 4 Cloves garlic

  • 4 Sprigs thyme

  • 2 Star anise

  • 6 Coriander seeds

  • 8 Fennel seeds


  • Aromatic spice mix:

  • 1.

    Place all ingredients in a mortar and gentle crush with the pestle a couple of times until just broken but not too crushed.

  • For the lobster:

  • 1.

    Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.

  • 2.

    Heat a fry pan over a high heat then add the oil and the 2 tails. Caramelise all over for a couple of minutes until deep orangey red.

  • 3.

    Add the spice mix to the pan and place into the pre-heated oven.

  • 4.

    Cover with foil.

  • 5.

    Roast for 12 minutes until just cooked.

  • 6.

    Remove from the oven and rest in a warm place for 4 minutes.

  • 7.

    Crack and remove the shell, slice the lobster flesh into large medallions and serve.

  • 8.

    Place in the pan with the lobster over a moderate heat and gently toast for 3-5 minutes without any colour until all the wonderful flavours and aromas are released. This should be done immediately before the lobster tails are placed in the pan for roasting.


Tip – you can insert a spoon into the back of the lobster (into the cavity where the intestinal tract was) before cooking. This will help to keep the lobster straight during the cooking process.

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Posted by Tracy65Report
I don't like crayfish but my husband would love this!
Posted by Suzi18Report
I will cook this. Lobster/crayfish is one of my favourite foods ever! Yummo. Thanks Justin, love your work. :)