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Heston’s BBQ Lobster Roll Recipe

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For the pickled lemons

  • 80g Chardonnay vinegar
  • 40g golden caster sugar
  • 2 lemons, finely sliced 1mm

For the vanilla mayonnaise

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white
  • 10g white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1g vanilla seeds
  • 100g grapeseed oil
  • salt, to taste

To finish the lobster roll

  • ¼ cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 100g reserved pickling juice from lemons
  • 1 live lobster (600g)
  • lemon
  • salt
  • 1 tsp chives
  • 25g celery, finely diced
  • 80g reserved vanilla mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp reserved drained pickled lemon, chopped
  • grapeseed oil, for frying
  • handful sliced onions
  • 4 brioche hot dog buns


  1. To pickle the lemons, place 125g water into a pan and add the Chardonnay vinegar and the sugar.
  2. Gently heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Add the sliced lemons to the cooled pickling juice and leave for a minimum of 24 hours before using.
  4. This yields more pickled lemons than needed is needed for this recipe, but it stores well in the fridge.
  5. For the vanilla mayonnaise, whisk the egg yolks, egg white, vinegar, mustard and vanilla seeds together in a bowl. Slowly add the grapeseed oil, whisking continuously until mixture has emulsified. Season with salt.
  6. Place finely diced cucumber into pickling liquid. Leave in fridge for a few hours.
  7. To finish the dish, prep the lobster by plunging a pointed sharp knife through the head. Remove the claws and the tail. Place the claws and tail into boiling water for 5 minutes but remove the tail after 2 minutes. Plunge into a bowl of iced water.
  8. Crack the claw shells and remove all bone including the cartilage inside the claw. Cut your tail with a sharp knife down the middle lengthways.
  9. The lobster will only be partially cooked on the outside, so finish cooking on a hot BBQ. The claws will take approximately 5 minutes and the tail approximately 8-10 minutes. Cook on all sides, then remove from the grill and season with some lemon juice and salt.
  10. Chop the lobster into smaller chunks and place in a bowl. Chop the chives and add to the celery, vanilla mayonnaise. Add chopped pickled lemon and chopped pickled cucumber. Adjust seasoning of the mixture.
  11. In the meantime, heat grapeseed oil to 160°C in a small pan and fry onions until crispy. Remove and set aside on kitchen paper to drain excess oil. Toast brioche buns.
  12. Spoon the lobster mixture into the toasted hot dog buns and garnish with some crispy fried onions.
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