Warm tropical lobster salad with mango vinaigrette

Ed Baines gives this luxurious lobster salad a tempting taste of the tropics with exotic fruit in mouth-watering mango vinaigrette
By Ed Baines
Warm tropical lobster salad with mango vinaigrette
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes plus 2 hrs freezing time for lobster
  • Effort: medium



  • 1 kg live lobster

For the Court Bouillon (poaching liquid):

  • 150 ml white wine
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 carrots, finely sliced
  • 6 stalks parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 shallot

For the mango vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • a pinch of dried chillies
  • juice of 1 limes
  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 papaya, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 palm hearts, cut into batons
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander

For the salad:

  • salad leaves
  • lightly cooked green beans


1. Two hours before cooking the lobster, place it into a deep freezer set at -20°C and leave for 2 hours. According to guidelines set out by the RSPCA, and in accordance with research carried out by the University Federation of Animal Welfare, this is the most humane way to dispatch a live lobster.

2. Place all the ingredients for the Court Bouillon in a large pan and bring to the boil.

3. Remove the lobster from the freezer and immediately add it to the Court Bouillon. Boil for 25 minutes. Remove the lobster and set it aside to cool.

4. Grind the fennel and coriander seeds together using a pestle and mortar.

5. Combine the oil, seeds, chilli and lime juice and whisk together.

6. Fold the mango, papaya and palm hearts gently into the dressing.

7. Meanwhile, remove the meat from the lobster. Twist off the large claws and pull away the legs. Take a lobster cracker or large heavy handled knife and give the claws a whack to expose the claw meat (a small hammer, nutcracker, or even a restrained bash with a rolling pin will also do a good enough job). Do the same with the legs.

8. Cut the lobster in half lengthways. Remove the stomach sac and the black intestine running down the tail section, and discard them immediately. Keep the creamy green bit, this is the liver and is quite delicious. Pick out the remaining meat and cut it into bite-sized chunks.

9. Place the lobster onto a plate and spoon over the dressing. Serve with salad leaves and lightly cooked green beans.

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