Butter Poached Lobster with Fennel & Herbs

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Butter Poached Lobster with Fenel and Herbs

Butter Poaching (lobster) was a popular French cooking technique to preserve and retain the flavour and the texture of the meat and the veggies. The basic technique of butter poaching is to slow-cook the ingredients in a large batch of butter with low heat. You should keep an eye on the flame to keep the batch  NOT get BOILED. The temperature of the mixture should between 160-190F (71-88 Celcius). The correct poaching of lobster meat will make the texture is very crunchy.

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Poached Lobster with Butter, Fennel and Herbs

Butter poached lobster usually served in a fine dining restaurant.  Even the dish is sounds fancy, the process of poaching lobster with butter is so easy to do in the regular kitchen. You just need butter to making this fancy lobster dish. The only problem is,mostly homecooking stlyle can’t apply the generous amount of butter that were used for poaching lobster meat just like in a restaurant (actually this is mostly my dilemma). The lobster meat should be completely drowned with the liquid butter for perfect poaching process.

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Many ingredients could be infused within the butter poaching lobster. Basically garlic, shallot and herbs. Today i add some fennel that i’ve purchased on Kem Chick Supermarket. This imported veggies are preety damn expensive, mine was about 300 grams and cost me about 6 USD, it’s tagged with almost twice of the local beef price. Fennel got incredibly crisp texture with a refreshing liquorice like flavour, this just perfect for butter poached lobster!. I add some crushed pink peppercorn too to the poached lobster mixture because pink peppercorn is always fit with seafood. It’s better if you using a salted butter and this make you need to watch the saltiness of the dish, weather you needed to adjust the amount of the salt.

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Butter Poached Lobster Recipe

Another important steps for poaching the lobster meat is the preboiled lobster step. Don’t overcooked the lobster meat ! You didn’t want wasting your money for tought and rubbery lobster meat. After boiling the lobster, you MUST drawned the lobster on FREEZE COLD ICY WATER to remove the remaining heat and  stop the cooking process. Cut the lobster tail meat into large bite size chunks to preserve te lobster flavour into the table.

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Butter Poached Lobster with Fennel and Herbs Recipe:

Ingredients :

  • 1 medium size of lobster (mine was about 300 gr spinny lobster)
  • 1/2 block of salted butter (1 stick), about 100 gr
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (this is needed to prevent the butter burned out)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bird eye chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced fennel (about 30gr)
  • Herbs: fresh thyme, sage and tarragon, finely chopped (i use 1 sprig thyme, 1 sprig tarragon and 2 leaves sage)
  • 1 tsp dry cooking wine
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • A pinch of pink peppercorn
  • Diced giant sweet pepper and chopped dill weed for garnish

Instruction:

  • First you should ‘silent’ your lobster if you dealing with  alive lobster, simply insert throughly your knive between the eyes of your lobster or you can put it in icy water for about 5 minutes
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Simmer the heat and put the lobster. Cover with lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drawn your cooked lobster in icy water to stop the cooking and drained
  • Twist your lobster tail and rremove all lobster meat from shell and cut into bite size chunks.
  • In a sauce pan, heat up the olive oil into simmer over medium-low heat.
  • Whisk in the butter into the pan, add the vinegar and cooking wine, make sure the mixture DID NOT BOILED, otherwise the butter will separate.
  • Add the lobster pieces garlic, fennel, chilli, shallot and herbs and pink peppercorn, cook and poached it for 7 minutes, again watch your butter mixture and make sure the mixture DID NOT BOILED
  • In case your butter poached lobster mixture come to small boil, just simply remove the sauce pan from the heat and let it cool down and put it back to the stove after that.
  • Serve immediately the butter and herbs poached lobster and garnish with dill weed and dice giant sweet pepper.

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Spicy Lobster Pasta with Cherry Tomato, Chilli and Garlic Greens

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Spicy Lobster Pasta

Spicy Lobster Pasta is one of the result from my foraging on Jakarta’s traditional fish market, Muara Angke. This wet, crowded and damn smelly fish market provide many range of seafood product; many kinds of fish, clams, crabs, lobsters and rare seafood like mantis shrimp with incredibly less expensive price compare to the modern fish market and seafood restaurant. Just make sure that you’ve understand about seafood product, since there’s also sold unfresh and fake product like red snapper and clams that had been fortified with non-food coloring to attract the customers.

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I purchased 8 spinny lobster with totally 3.7 kilos weight (doubt this is the correct weight) for about 13 USD for a single kilo. Make sure you’ve giving your best shoots on bargain in Muara Angke traditional fish market sice the fish monger used to upscale their price for tourist.  Ask the cheaper price when you buying a large amount, if you only buy a kilo or two, the fish monger give it on 15-17 USD a kilo, but he’ll give you 13-14 USD a kilo for purchasing more than two kilos.

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Spicy lobster pasta with cherry tomato, chilli and garlic green was a simple lobster recipe that won’t failed in your special occation. Tangy cherry tomato with a savoury touch from slightly browned garlic green and a little kick’in from cayenne pepper is just what all needed to present the natural sweetness of the lobster. If you like, you can simmer the lobster head first to extract the flavour and using it to the pasta. Some people like to completely peel off the meat out of the shell, but i choose to serve it within the shell.

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Lobster with Angel Hair Pasta, Cherry Tomato, Garlic Green and Chilli

Spicy Lobster Pasta Recipe:

 

Ingredient:

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  • 1 Medium size Lobster (about 500 gr), cleaned , cut into pieces
  • 250 gr angel hair pasta, cook with package instruction
  • 3 garlic green , finely chopped the bulb and crosswise cut the spring leaf
  • 2 chilli/cayenne pepper (cabe merah), finely chopped
  • 10 cherry tomato,  sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a pinch of mix italian herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine or cooking wine

Instruction:

  • Heat up olive oil in a  large wok pan, saute the chopped garlic green bulb until slightly brown
  • Add the lobster and continue to saute another 2 minutes
  • Add the tomato and cayenne pepper, saute for about 5 minutes until the cherry tomato got soften
  • Add the wine, water, soy sauce and bring it to boil, simmer for about 5 minutes
  • Add the pasta and season with salt, pepper and mix italian herbs
  • Let the liquid evaporated and stir it adequately
  • Serve the spicy lobster pasta immediately

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