Grilled Crayfish (or Spiny Lobster) with Dressings
- Crayfish or spiny lobster
- Dressings, recipes follow, optional
- Ginger and Tomato Dressing:
- 1 large ripe tomato
- 1 small finger fresh root ginger, peeled
- 1 large lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Red Onion, Chile, and Cilantro Butter:
- 3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) butter
- 1 smallish red onion, peeled and finely diced
- 1/2 red chile, medium heat, diced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 large handful cilantro (fresh coriander), roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Regardless on the size of your crayfish, they are best cooked whole. This way the carapace acts like an oven itself, whereby the shell heats up and bakes the flesh inside.
However, if you are cooking a fairly large crayfish it's advisable to split it down the back with a sharp heavy knife. This will help it to cook quicker and make it more manageable to serve once it's cooked.
I love cooking it on a barbecue, but it can be cooked just as well at home under a domestic grill, if split in half. Cooking times will vary, but a whole crayfish of around 1 to 1 3/4 pounds will take about 15 to 20 minutes above a hot barbecue, turning it around to cook through evenly. If the crayfish is halved, it will take between 10 to 15 minutes. A large crayfish, around 2 pounds, will take 25 to 35 minutes and if split, about 15 minutes.Ginger and Tomato Dressing:
Place all of the above in a blender and puree to a thick dressing. Taste for seasoning, then let rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Yield: scant 1 cupRed Onion, Chile, and Cilantro Butter:
Heat the butter in a small pan, when it?s bubbling add the onion and chile and cook over a moderate heat until the onion just begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Take it off the heat, stir in the juice, cilantro, and salt. Serve immediately.
Yield: 1/4 cup sauce
Recipe courtesy Peter Gordon