Lobster Cocktail
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Recipe courtesy of G. Garvin

Lobster Cocktail

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 55 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings



  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Have a large ice water bath standing by.
  2. In a shallow saucepan, add the white wine, butter and 2 cups water, along with a pinch of salt. Turn the heat on to medium-high. Once the liquid comes to a low simmer, add the lobsters and cook for about 8 minutes. Carefully remove the lobsters from the water and immediately plunge into the ice water bath; let sit until cool to the touch. Remove the lobster meat from the claws and tails and roughly chop. Keep chilled until ready to use.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, sugar, celery, lemon juice, tarragon, salt and pepper, and stir to thoroughly combine. Add the chopped lobster meat and stir to combine.
  4. Place the brioche pieces on a sheet tray and put in the oven to toast, tossing every minute or so to toast evenly, about 5 minutes total.
  5. Evenly divide the bread pieces in the bottom of stemless cocktail glasses. Top with the lobster salad, tarragon and micro cilantro.