Spiny Lobster-Tomato Saffron Stew with Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad (Emeril's New Orleans Fish House)

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
15 min
15 min
40 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 2 (1 1/2-pound) spiny lobsters or Maine lobsters
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry, such as manzanilla or fino
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup thinly sliced seeded poblano peppers
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup peeled, coarsely chopped, and seeded tomatoes
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon achiote powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 5 cups shrimp stock
  • Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad, recipe follows
  • Fill a large stockpot 3/4 full with salted water and bring to a boil. Plunge the lobsters headfirst into the boiling water and blanch for 7 minutes. Transfer tongs to a large bowl filled with ice water to cool. When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, crack the shells and remove the meat from the tail if using a spiny lobster, and from the tail and claws if using a Maine lobster. Cut into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

  • Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly with a heavy wooden spoon, to make a blond roux, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.

  • Combine the saffron threads, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, and the sherry in a small bowl and stir to blend. Set aside.

  • Heat the olive oil and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large, heavy stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions, yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, and poblano peppers, and cook, stirring until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, achiote powder, salt, and pepper, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add the saffron mixture, stir, and bring to a boil. Add the shrimp stock and roux, and whisk to dissolve the roux. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the reserved lobster meat and simmer until just cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  • To serve, ladle about 1 cup of stew into each of 6 large soup bowls. Garnish each with about 2 tablespoons of the olive salad, 1 tablespoon of basil, and 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil.

Shaved Artichoke and Olive Salad:
  • 2 large artichokes, all outer leaves removed to expose only the heart and bottom, stems trimmed

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 cup brine-cured black olives, such as kalamata, seeded and quartered

  • 1/4 cup plus about 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 1/2 cup finely sliced fresh basil leaves

  • Slice the artichokes paper-thin using a mandoline. Place in a glass bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, the olives, parsley, and extra-virgin olive oil. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

  • Yield: about 3/4 cup

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