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Lobster Schnitzel with Lemon & Pepper Sauce

 

Patrick Estavillo

by Patrick Estavillo

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Serves2-4 serves
Prep time35 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Ready in55 minutes

The first thing I think of when I hear “Aussie Aussie Aussie”, is a good ol’ pub feed…nothing is more Aussie than a Schnitty – Patrick Estavillo! Most of the time spent on this dish will be prep while the cooking itself remains quick and easy, perfect for people at home to do. Chicken serves as perfect substitute for Lobster (if you will), serving the dish in a gravy boat or if you don’t have one of those, the old faithful aka measuring jug, will work fine.

It looks like a long process from the list of things, but  once everything has been gathered it’ll be done in no time – the cook is quicker than the prep!

Best thing about this recipe is that it can be used with any protein, fish, chicken, pork or even beef.

INGREDIENTS

Breading

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 65g tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp coarse ground pepper
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • Good pinch of salt for seasoning

Buttermilk Wash

  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 bunch chopped dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

Lemon Pepper Sauce

  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • lobster shells
  • 500ml – 750ml fish stock
  • 55g baby capers
  • 1 lemon
  • very generous amount of cracked pepper

Cabbage & Apple Slaw

  • 1/6 head of red cabbage
  • 1/6 head of white cabbage
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1/2 bunch chopped dill
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 55g baby capers – supermarkets sell them in 110g jars, use that and save the rest for the sauce
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise – depending on the size of the cabbage, you may need more or less
  • salt to taste

Serve

  • Lemon wedge
  • Pepper

METHOD

 

Lobster 

Step 1 

Grasp Raw lobster by the head with one hand and the tail with the other, then twist and pull to separate the tail
from the head.

Step 2

With kitchen sheers starting from the top, cut the under side of the lobster tail down the center and repeat the
process on with top side of the shell.

Step 3 

Gently work around the meat to loosen it up around the shell, then proceed to peel the shell away up until the tail fan, like you would with a prawn. Make sure you reserve the head and the shells for the sauce.

Step 4 

Lightly pound out the lobster tail like you would with a chicken breast to make it even all throughout, careful not to go too hard as you could tear the lobster meat, then set aside for breading.

 

Breading & Milk Wash 

Step 1
Mix all dry ingredients and dill in a mixing bowl with a whisk – the whisk helps to evenly distribute the flours and spices.

Step 2
In a separate bowl repeat the process with the wet ingredients, this will be your flour-egg mixture just like schnitzel.

Step 3
With one hand, dip lobster tail into the the wet mix, then into the dry mix with another, making sure to dust off the excess. Repeat process 2 more times to be well coated. You should be looking for a dry exterior with little nuggets of flour. For a better fry let it sit in the dry mix for 10 minutes just before frying.

 

Gravy

Step 1
Heat up olive oil in a heavy based pot and add the lobster shells, including the head, then cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the oil is fragrant, remove the shells, leaving the oil in there, and keep pan on the heat.

Step 2 
In the same pot melt butter and pepper, once melted add flour to make a paste, cook for about 2-3 minutes – you want to cook out the flour.

Step 3 
Add fish stock to the paste little by little and mix with a whisk to prevent lumps. If you like your gravy runny, add a bit more stock. Once gravy is made add the capers along with some of the vinegar from the jar and the juice of a whole lemon. Set aside for serving.

 

Slaw

Step 1
With a sharp knife or mandolin, thinly slice both cabbages and celery, place in a mixing bowl, then grate granny smith into the mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together, taste to check for seasoning.

 

Frying

Step 1
In a large frying pan bring oil up to 165-175 degrees, the oil should be deep enough to come up 2/3 of the way of the lobster.

Step 2
Place lobster in the pan and shallow fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and repeat the process on the other side.

Step 3
Once cooked place onto a plate with paper towel to drain off the excess oil.

 

Plating

Lobster onto a plate with slaw just off on the side with a wedge of lemon.

Pour gravy off the side of the lobster or if you’d like to recreate that pub feed feel, just serve it in a gravy boat.

Crack open a beer/cider/vino and enjoy with family and friends!

 

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