Lobster Thermidor is a classic French seafood  dish with creamy mixture of cooked lobster meat, stuffed in a lobster shell and served with a cheese crust. As with many traditional recipes there are many alternative versions, our recipe here is not too complicated or too rich (and fairly quick).

Preparation time wil be about 15 minutes and a further 20 minutes for cooking. As a main course allow a half lobster per person

Ingredients For  Lobster Thermidor

1  lobster from Walter Purkis & Sons
40g Gruyere cheese, grated
30g butter
1 shallot finely chopped
300ml fish stock
55ml white wine
100ml double cream
½ tsp mustard
2 tbsp chopped parsley
½ lemon juice only
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Method For Lobster Thermidor

There is a choice here you can buy a live lobster from our Homarium take it home and cook yourself. We have a guide for cooking lobster here. If you prefer you can come into the shop choose your lobster from the tank and we can cook it for you. Equally just choose a lobster from the counter. They will all be very tasty.

Cut the cooked lobster in half, length ways through the tail and head and remove the meat from the tail. You should discard all the contents of the head. Crack the claws and remove the meat. Cut the meat up into chunky pieces and place back into the shell. Place claw meat into the head cavity.

Pre-heat heat your grill

To make the sauce put the butter in a pan, add the shallots and cook gently until they are softened. Next add the fish stock, the wine wine and double cream and bring up to the boil. As soon as it boils reduce the heat and allow the pan to simmer, reducing the volume by half. Now add the mustard, herbs, lemon juice and seasoning.

Spoon the sauce over the lobster meat in the shell halves. Sprinkle with the grated cheese. Place the lobster halves under a pre-heated grill for few minutes until golden brown. Remember that the meat is already cooked so avoid extended grilling as that will dry it out.

This Lobster Thermidor recipe come from the Fish is the Dish website where you can find this and lots of other fishy recipes.