"When life gives you lemons, order the lobster tail. " Ziad K. Abdelnour
At my house, it's not every day that we have lobster for dinner. When we do, I want to make sure that the meat comes out moist and tender, not like rubber. But that's a challenge over the high, dry heat of a grill.
To get the texture right, I recently experimented with the sous-vide-que cooking method, and the results were fantastic. I partially cooked the lobster in a temperature controlled water bath (the sous vide part) then finished it on the grill (the que). For flavor, I doused the lobster with chimichurri butter during the sous vide stage and then basted the meat with chimichurri again on the grill. When we sat down to eat, my wife and I were treated to what was arguably the most succulent grilled lobster we have ever tasted!
Recipe: Sous-Vide-Que Lobster Tail with Chimichurri Butter
Makes. 2 servings
Takes. 30 minutes to sous vide, 5 minutes to grill.
Special tools. Sous vide immersion circulator. One gallon sealable freezer bag.
Serve with. Sparkling wine.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, finely minced
2 lobster tails, approximately 8 ounces each
1 lemon, halved
Chopped parsley for garnish
1) Prep. Prepare a sous vide immersion circulator, such as Joule by ChefSteps, according to the manufacturer's instructions and set the water temperature for 135°F.
2) For the chimichurri butter, combine the butter, parsley, lemon juice, and garlic in a small bowl and blend well. Set aside until ready to use.
3) For the lobster, place the tails in a sealable freezer bag and add half of the chimichurri butter. Carefully submerge the freezer bag in the water bath until most of the air has been removed and then seal. Submerge the bag completely in the water bath and cook the lobster tails for 30 minutes.
4) Fire up. As the lobster tails near completion in the water bath, prepare a grill for 2-zone cooking. On a charcoal grill, place a chimney full of pre-heated charcoal briquets to one side of the grill's charcoal grate in order to create direct and indirect cooking zones. You want one side scorching hot and the other side at about 225°F. On a gas grill, adjust the temperature knobs so that one half of the grill is as hot as possible and the other half is approximately 225°F.
5) Remove the lobster tails from the freezer bag and run under cold water until the shells are cool enough to handle comfortably. Place the lobster tails on a sturdy cutting board with the softer bottom shell facing up. Use a sharp cleaver or chef’s knife to split each lobster tail in half lengthwise.
6) Cook. Place the halved lobster tails meat side down on the hot side of the grill. Grill until the meat is lightly charred, about 2 minutes. Flip the lobster tails over and continue to grill for another 2 to 3 minutes, basting with chimichurri butter. If the grill starts to flare up, move the lobster tails to the cool side of the grill to finishing basting with chimichurri butter.
7) While the lobster grills, place the lemon halves cut side down on the grill over direct heat and cook until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside as you finish grilling the lobster.
8) Serve. Remove the lobster tails from the grill, plate, and garnish with the parsley. Serve immediately with the charred lemon for squeezing.