This dish is inspired by the French region of Brittany, which is renowned for its abundant seafood. The recipe pairs freshly caught Australian southern rock lobster with a herbed butter.






Skill level

Average: 4.3 (4 votes)


  • 2.7 kg live Southern Rock Lobster
  • 1 bunch tarragon, leaves picked, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch chervil, leaves picked, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • lemon wedges to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Freezing time: 2 hours

  1. Preheat grill plate or barbecue to medium-high heat.
  2. Place lobster in the freezer for 2 hours (this will put it to sleep).
  3. Place on its back on a flat, non-slip work surface with claws tied to clearly expose the under surface. Place a sharp knife on the head beneath the mouth parts. Cut through the head, then backwards towards the tail. Open out to reveal the 2 parts.  
  4. Remove and discard the dark intestinal vein, stomach sac and gills. Crack claws slightly in half crossways with a cleaver.
  5. Combine butter, chopped herbs, zest, sea salt and a grind of pepper in a bowl.
  6. Transfer lobster, flesh-side up, to a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Place the lobster on your pre-heated chargrill pan or barbecue, flesh-side down. Cook for 4 minutes or until slightly charred.
  7. Turn and cook for an extra 10 minutes until meat is translucent and just cooked through.
  8. Using a spoon spread the flesh with tarragon butter and cook until just melted. Serve hot with lemon wedges.


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