Sunday, May 15, 2011

Florida Spiny Lobster Salad, Fried Florida Spiny Lobster Tail Meat with Balsamic Reduction

Here’s one of the dishes I made for my wife last week.  She is a big fan of what I make called “Lobster Bites.”  Basically it is breaded and fried lobster tail meat with a dipping sauce.  I have been making this for years and it is one of her favorites.

Now, I can never really cook the same thing a handful of times, I must explore the concept of the dish and find a new way of serving it.  Just how my mind works in the kitchen.  Sometimes it frustrates the hell out of my wife because she really gets attached to certain dishes.

I was fortunate to come across 3 lovely Florida Spiny Lobster tails; it was a gift from a good friend.  I decided to really showcase the lobster and serve it two ways on the same course.

Immediately it came to me that it would be a textural contrast if I served a “Maine-style Lobster Roll” without the bread, more like a salad.  So this “salad” became the centerpiece of the dish to accompany the fried lobster, served with her favorite balsamic reduction dipping sauce.

All in all, this dish was great success, high five to me!  I had one happy Lawyer to spend Mommy’s Day with.

Florida Spiny Lobster Salad, Fried Florida Spiny Lobster Tail Meat with Balsamic Reduction



For the Lobster Salad:
1 lb Florida Spiny Lobster tail meat – (cooked)
1 cucumber – peeled, seeded, & diced
1 shallot – minced
2 bird’s eye chilies – diced
½ cup olive oil mayo
1 tbs Meyer lemon juice
1 tsp jalapeno sauce
½ tbs fresh chopped chervil
Fresh chopped chives – to taste
Sea salt
Black pepper

Place the diced cucumber in a colander.  Sprinkle with sea salt and allow excess liquid to drain.  5 minutes.  You do not want to water down the salad too much.

In a glass bowl, combine the cooked lobster meat, cucumber, shallot, chili, mayo, lemon juice and jalapeno sauce.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.  Check the seasoning.  Fold in the chopped chervil and the chives.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Fridge for 2 hours.  Serve cold.

That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

20 comments:

  1. That was so nice of you to make one of her favorites :) I've never had fried lobster, but I love fried anything (especially seafood) so why not?! Definitely a fun presentation with the lobster salad as well.

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  2. Wow, by the sounds of it, I'd be very attached to this dish too, sounds like the perfect way to celebrate time with your wife.

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  3. Lucky Lady! That certainly looks like a winner...
    LL

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  4. I'll bet this is now her favorite way to have lobster bites!

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  5. Hi Laz, I know what you mean, you get kinda bored and are always looking for ways to improve and mix it up but sometimes recipes/dishes are just good the way they are and always have been too! The salad and fried lobster looks delicious! Where did you get the Meyer lemon juice, have you frozen some? And, are you going lobster fishing when season comes?

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  6. Your Lobster Bites sound fantastic, I can definitely see why it's a favorite of your wife's! This dish is really beautiful, Laz...I love both ways you utilized the lobster.

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  7. perfectly plated! the lobster looks so crispy and delicious!

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  8. I remember having fried lobster in the Bahamas a few times. It was delicious. Never thought about doing it at home however. That's a nice spicy lobster salad as well. A delicious presentation together.
    My family gets stuck on certain dishes and always ask for them when they're here. I don't mind and even when I've given them the recipes, they say doesn't taste the same. :) A mom kind of likes to hear that.

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  9. So. You regularly make lobster bites for your wife. And now this. Yeah, I would attached too! A keeper, you are.

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  10. I think I am a little like the Lawyer when it comes to certain favorites. This dish is a true hit. I like yhe serving of it two ways.

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  11. Yummy...and the presentation is lovely too! We get more jumbo shrimp in Texas than lobster, so I'm thinking I could riff on this recipe with some U10/12s!!

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  12. I know how your wife feels :D Keith is the same way. I like that you cooked 2 ways especially spicy flavor you put in!

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  13. I luv luv luv lobster! In Chinese cuisine, some dishes are considered "heaty" (most deep fried foods) and some consider more on the "cooler" side. You balanced these two out very well by pairing your fried lobster bites with a cooler and delicious sounding salad. Another great dish, Lazaro!

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  14. Oh wow..., I love lobster too, love cooking it, preparing, drooling over it & reading about lobster recipes. You've not disappointed me Laz :)

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  15. So Perfect!
    lobster is my all time favorite. Thanks for sharing it here!!

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  16. Lucky lady to have such loving husband who cook such delish! I love lobster and this of yours are fried treasure!

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  17. Lazaro, I love the vibrant, delicious flavors you combined in this salad! You're so very creative. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me with something new!

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  18. That salad sounds really wonderful, and I have never tried fried lobster before...will have to try that :)

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  19. this one is amazing.
    Wonderful. Will try it for sure.

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