Lobster Eggs Benedict is the most decadent treat on the brunch menu. For special occasions nothing will come close to this luxurious breakfast.
Last weekend I was invited once again to attend the fabulous Iceland Christmas party in Chester. It was a mammoth journey up from Cornwall (involving one tow truck north & three tow trucks to get us back home, #sigh) but so well worth it!
I got to meet up with friends old and new, see Iceland’s head chef Neil Nugent again and taste test a bunch of this years luxury Iceland Christmas range. There was a cocktail bar (Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary anyone?!), a foodie graffiti artist, food styling expert, an array of delicious festive desserts and more.
And can I tell you a secret? I also met this guy…
I had a TOTAL fan girl moment, as this is one of my favourite YouTubers. For those not in the know, he is John Quilter aka the Food Busker. He has a great weekly show where he shares his tasty street food creations with the Great British public, and they pay him what they think it’s worth! It’s a brilliant concept and he’s a lot of fun to watch, you have to go check it out!
We also got treated to a monster spread of festive Iceland desserts. Have you seen the TV advert for the stunning Luxury Melting Chocolate Snowflake? It is one seriously beautiful looking pud.
Inside the dark chocolate shell you’ll find a decadent layer of chocolate brownie that is topped with chocolate mousse. The top is decorated with bronzed honeycomb pieces and it comes with a sachet of dark chocolate glaze that you heat just before serving.
Neil was telling us how it took weeks to perfect this recipe, as whenever they poured the hot glaze over the top of the chocolate shell, it just wouldn’t melt through. Eventually they tried creating the shell with the star shaped recess in the centre, and that dimple held the heat long enough for it to melt through!
One of the dishes Neil cooked up for us was for Lobster Tacos. In my mad rush to stuff them into my face, I only got one really dodgy shot of them so please excuse my greedy hunger. But rest assured, they were sooooooo good. Their lobster is meaty and sweet and so pretty to boot.
In Iceland stores right now you can buy whole cooked lobster, lobster thermidor and the ones I used in this recipe, their uncooked Canadian lobster tails. As with all Iceland seafood, you can trust that their lobster is ridiculously fresh. They get frozen within hours of being caught and you get to defrost them to suit you.
Cooking Lobster Tails
Don’t be intimidated by cooking lobster for the first time. It seriously couldn’t be easier. I chose to boil mine, but use whichever process you prefer. Please note: The following cooking times are for cooking shell on lobster tails that weigh around 110g each. If your tails are larger or smaller, please adjust the timings appropriately.
How to Boil Lobster Tails
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and pop in the tails. Cook for 8-9 minutes, then simply remove from the water and let stand on some kitchen roll to drain. Then use a pair of scissors to cut up the shell and the meat will pop out.
How to Pan Fry Lobster Tails
Cut down the back of each tail with your kitchen scissors, crack the shell open and remove the meat. Heat a little oil in the pan over a medium heat and fry the tail for 5-6 minutes turning occasionally to ensure an even cook. You can also add a knob of butter to the pan towards the end of the cooking to add an extra burst of flavour.
How to Oven Roast Lobster Tails
Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/ Gas 5. Cut the lobster tails down the back with your kitchen scissors. Prise the shell open and pop a knob of butter in the centre of the tail. Pop on a baking tray and in the centre of the oven and bake for 25 – 28 minutes.
Lobster Eggs Benedict
I was so inspired by Neil’s lobster tacos that I couldn’t wait to come up with my own lobster superstar dish. As regular readers will know, I have a real soft spot for all things brunch, and played around with how to incorporate lobsters into my weekend breakfast. Lobster eggs Benedict is the perfect dish to knock up over the Christmas period, and will make any lazy morning extra special.
Traditionally, lobster eggs Benedict is served on a toasted English muffin, but you could use a crumpet or a toasted slice of sourdough. The Hollandaise sauce is really easy to make too, but if you don’t want to be in the kitchen too long, grab yourself a jar of it from the supermarket. No one will notice, and I definitely won’t tell. And if you need any help poaching the perfect egg, go take a read of that article I wrote many years ago (just ignore the dodgy photos, OK?!)
So my friends, go bookmark/pin/print the recipe below and save it for a day that you want to make extra specially special. And don’t forget to tag me in your shares across social media. You can find me pretty much everywhere as @hedgecomber :)
Lobster Eggs Benedict
- 2 lobster tails uncooked and defrosted if frozen
- 1 English muffin halved and toasted
- 1 handful rocket (arugula)
- 2 eggs
- 75 g butter melted
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/4 lemon juiced
Create a bain marie by placing a mixing bowl over a large saucepan half filled with water. Bring to a simmer then take the heat down as far as you can whilst still having a gentle simmer.
Pop the egg yolks into the mixing bowl and whisk them.
Add the vinegar, still whisking, then the liquified butter. Add it slowly, in a thin drizzle, and keep whisking. When it has come together into a thick, unctuous sauce, add the lemon juice and whisk that through.
Season with a little salt and pepper and serve warm. Any leftovers can be popped in the fridge and served cold the next day.
Bring a pan of water to the boil. Add in the uncooked lobster tails and gently boil for 8-9 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a coupe of sheets of kitchen paper.
Bring the pan of lobster water down to a simmer and crack in two very fresh eggs, or use a silicone poaching pod if you only have shop bought eggs available. Poach until cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat the underneath of the spoon with kitchen paper to remove all excess water.
Toast the English muffin and pop half on each plate.
Add a little rocket/arugula to each muffin half. You could substitute with avocado or just a little spread of salted butter.
Take a lobster tail and cut up the back with a pair of strong kitchen scissors. Pull the shell apart and remove the lobster tail. Pop in onto a chopping board and, using a sharp knife cut down the centre lengthways. Pop the two halves on one muffin.
Top the lobster tails with the poached eggs, then dollop on a tablespoon or so of the Hollandaise sauce. Serve immediately & enjoy!
Huge thanks to Iceland for inviting me to their decadent festive bash and sponsoring this recipe, thereby allowing m to continue bringing you tasty content, for free! As always all thoughts (and leftovers) are my own!