How to Make Lobster Steak

Aug 25, 2011 4:01 pm

Surf 'n turf that's all surf, from Chef David Burke

lobster steak
Photo: Jeff Fried
Can't decide between lobster and steak? Now you don't have to!

This unique preparation is the brainchild of Chef David Burke, an American chef, restaurateur and cookbook author who's made every magazine's "best" lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim worldwide.

Highly inventive, as is his signature, this dish tranforms the meat from a whole lobster into a juicy filet that retains lobster's texture and flavor. When Chef Burke invited us behind the scenes at David Burke Kitchen to witness the magic firsthand, we discovered that this impressive final product comes from a recipe simple enough to pull off at home. Ready to turn some heads? Grab a lobster and make it happen. Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 1 ½ lb. lobster 
  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • ½ lb. softened butter, plus 1 tablespoon for searing
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • salt & pepper
  • Wondra flour, for dusting 
make shrimp butter
Make shrimp butter

Pulse shrimp gently in a food processor until just coarsely ground. Do not overblend. Combine ground shrimp and butter in food processor in a 2 to 1 ratio, and process until smooth (not too fine). Complete this step in batches if necessary until all shrimp and butter is used. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add chives, lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

boil lobster
Blanch the lobster

Bring a stock pot of heavily salted water to a boil and blanch the lobster for 2 minutes, or until just red all the way through. Cool in an ice bath to stop it from cooking further.

Remove meat from a lobster
Remove the lobster meat

Remove the lobster's tail by twisting it firmly away from the body. Crack the shell down the middle using a sharp knife, remove the tail meat, roughly chop (6-8 pieces) and set aside. Twist both claws off and crack them open by laying your knife flat on top and pushing down hard with your hand (see above photo), keeping as much of the claw meat intact as possible. 

Combine lobster and shrimp butter
Combine lobster meat and shrimp butter

Lightly flour a baking sheet with Wondra. In a small bowl, combine lobster meat and 2 to 3 tablespoons of shrimp butter and press firmly into a plastic ring mold on the baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, at least one hour. 

Sear the filet
Sear the filet

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut around the inside of the ring mold with a sharp knife to release. Wrap filet in tin foil and tie with twine (see photo). Heat a tablespoon of butter in a small skillet and sear the filet on both sides until well-browned.

Finish in the oven
Finish in the oven

Transfer pan to oven and cook for 10 minutes, turning once. Remove from pan and let rest briefly before serving.

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