Ingredients for Lobster:
2 x Lobsters
4 tbsp of grated parmesan
*Serves two as main or four as a starter.
Ingredients for Garlic Herb Butter:
180g Unsalted butter, softened
1 Lemon zest
4 tsps finely chopped parsley
4 tsps finely chopped thyme
2 Garlic cloves (finely chopped)
Freshly ground black pepper
Firstly start off by making the Garlic Herb Butter by simply popping all the ingredients into a tall vessel or jug, making sure it's plastic or glass as it needs to go in the microwave for 1min. The butter isn't likely to have completely melted when you take the jug out of the microwave, at this point gently swirl the mixture until completely melted. Now pop this on the side at room temperature. This whole process can be made over the hob in a saucepan but it will need to be popped into a jug.
Right, time to get cooking the lobster; make sure that all the sides dishes are close to ready as this won't take long. Open the lobsters (if using the Cuisine & Ocean brand from Tesco) and pour about half of the sea water into a big pan which can take the two lobsters sitting side-by-side. Then fill up the pan mid-way with fresh water and pop the lid on. If you are using lobsters from the fishmonger, then salt the water with two teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a boil, take the lid off and pop the lobsters in (making sure they are submerged) and cook for 8mins for a loose flesh or 12mins for a firmer flesh. Using tongs take the lobsters out and place them on to a chopping block to cool a little. Now turn them over and using a Chinese Chopping knife, place it in the middle for the chest, right between the legs and press down, cutting the lobster in half. Repeat the same process on the second lobster.
Inside the lobsters there are some odd things including a greenish “tomalley,” which is the lobster’s liver. Remove it with a spoon and either save it to eat on toast later or add to the lobster soup/sauce you make later. If the lobster is a female, there is a bright red “coral,” which is the roe of the lobster. Use in the same way as the lobster liver.
Turn the grill on so that it gets hot whilst taking the melted Garlic Herb Butter and gently pouring over the lobster halves, then sprinkle each of them with the grated parmesan. Any that is left over, pop into a ramekin and place on the table so that you can dip the claw meat into it. Now place the four lobster halves under the grill and cook gently for 5mins.
Take the lobsters from under the grill and plate up, servicing with chips, pasta or with a salad but most of all, enjoy it. This is definitely not a first date dish, as it gets messy - buttery fingers etc. But it's lovely for a romantic dinner a deux or served as a starter with really great friends.
I'd also suggest that you have plenty of disposable napkins and a finger bowl! Enjoy a really great and super quick treat!