Lobster Cocktail With Oven-Dried Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

May 14, 2013 4:03 pm

Combine fresh lobster with tomatoes on brioche

Photo: David Loftus
Photo: David Loftus
This simple recipe is a guaranteed way to impress dinner guests. Kill that lobster, reap the freshest meat.

Two Michelin-starred Chef Nathan Outlaw is one of England's most celebrated chefs. His recent release, Modern Seafood, is a culinary homage to sustainable fish. Ready to discover your favorite new lobster recipe? It's everything you love about lobster rolls and shrimp cocktail, with no bun to distract you.

If you are having a dinner party and you want to impress, this unique combination will fit the bill. The brioche has a great flavor and marries so well with the fresh lobster and sweet acidity of the cherry tomatoes. Taking classics to a new level is one of my favorite ways of creating new dishes, and this is one of them.

Related: How To Store Live Lobsters Before The Delicious End

Reprinted with permission from Modern Seafood

Servings: 4


2 live lobsters, about 1 3/4 pounds each, placed in the freezer 30 minutes before cooking
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
2 teaspoons chopped tarragon
2 Boston lettuces, leaves separated and washed
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Oven-dried cherry tomatoes
16 cherry tomatoes
olive oil to drizzle
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
To serve
good-quality brioche
  1. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, quickly take the lobsters from the freezer, place on a board and firmly insert the tip of your knife into the cross on the head to kill each one instantly.
  2. Plunge the lobsters straight into the boiling water and cook them for 11 minutes. Remove from the water and place on a tray to cool down. When cool enough to handle, carefully extract the meat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

For the oven-dried tomatoes:

  1. Preheat the oven for 325 degrees. Halve the cherry tomatoes.
  2. Line a shallow roasting tray with foil, drizzle with basil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the cherry tomatoes, cut side up, in a single layer on the tray and sprinkle with the shallot and garlic.
  3. Drizzle with the wine vinegar and a little more oil. Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the tomatoes are lightly roasted and slightly dried. Set aside to cool.

To make the cocktail: 

  1. Chop the lobster meat into 1/2-inch pieces. Put the mayonnaise, tomato ketchup and chopped tarragon into a bowl and mix well. Add the lobster pieces and mix carefully. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Put the lettuce leaves and roasted tomatoes into a bowl and dress with the juices and oil from the tomatoes’ roasting tray.
  3. Preheat a griddle, if you have one, or the broiler, and toast the brioche on both sides.
  4. Drizzle with a little olive oil and place a slice of toast on each serving plate.
  5. Pile the lobster cocktail on top. Arrange the lettuce and tomatoes on the plates and serve.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
40 minutes plus refrigerating time
Cooking Time: 
35 minutes
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