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Thai Curry with Grilled Maine Lobster Tails

Submitted by: Chef Christopher Russell
Christopher Russell of Boothbay Harbor, a former Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, prepares Grilled Maine Lobster Tails with Thai Curry as part of an entrée. I utilize frozen Maine lobster tails and have adapted his recipe to serve as an appetizer.
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(8 servings)

4 uncooked Maine lobster tails, approximately 5 ounces each (these can be purchased frozen, or blanch fresh lobster tails in boiling water for 2 - 3 minutes before proceeding)
2 tablespoons butter
2 carrots, cut into 2 inch julienne strips
2 apples, cut into 2 inch julienne strips
2 tablespoons red curry paste (use more or less to taste, this is hot!)
1 stalk lemon grass, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Kaffir lime leaves, ribs removed and finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups heavy cream
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
8 leaves Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage)
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely minced


Split the Maine Lobster tails in half. Grill the Maine Lobster tails over medium-high heat until they reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Remove the meat from the shell, cut into bite-sized pieces and return to the shell.

In a medium sauté pan, melt the butter. Sweat the carrots, apple, curry paste, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves for 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and reduce by half. Add the cream and heat gently. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and more red curry paste if necessary.

Grill the bok choy leaves briefly on the hot grill. Slice the leaves on the bias, and arrange one leaf on each plate. Cradle half a Maine Lobster tail in the bok choy. Spoon the sauce over the Maine lobster tail and garnish each plate with cilantro.

Ingredient notes: Red curry paste is available in the international section of larger supermarkets. Lemongrass is found fresh in the produce section. Kaffir lime leaves are available frozen in health food stores. If kaffir lime leaves are not available, substitute 2 teaspoons fresh limejuice and 1 teaspoon grated lime zest.


Per serving:
288 calories
15 grams protein
10 grams carbohydrates
19 grams fat
265 mg. sodium
1 gram fiber

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