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This is a lobster recipe I can’t get enough of! Love it!

Tandoori Lobster

The king of tandoori dishes!

When I developed this lobster recipe, I wanted to ensure that the spices were kept to a minimum. You could always add more but personally I feel a good lobster recipe is all about the lobster. The other ingredients are only there to compliment the amazing flavour of the lobster.

I think I’ve done it here.

It is important to cook the lobsters in a very hot oven. I used a wood burning oven that was at 300c. They are also amazing cooked over indirect heat on a BBQ.

Cooking times will vary depending how hot you get your oven so watch the lobsters carefully.

As the lobster is par-cooked beforehand, you only need to cook the meat for a further four or five minutes.

Be extra careful not to overcook the lobster or it will become tough and that would be a crime.

This lobster recipe takes some preparation but it’s worth the work!

As you can probably see from the photos, this is a very special lobster dish. People will love it when you serve this to them as all the work of getting that gorgeous meat out is done by you.

No cracking lobster and picking the meat out at the table. You can literally sit down and enjoy every last bite.

I have written a complete post on how to prepare the lobster with photographs here.

I promise you… once this is done, you won’t want to prepare lobster any other way. This lobster recipe just plain gets it!

Starting the base sauce for the lobster

Melt the ghee and throw in the mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Frying onions for lobster sauce

Toss in the onions and fry for about ten minutes until soft and translucent.

Adding garlic and ginger to lobster sauce

Now add the garlic paste and the spices and stir it all up.

Adding stock for lobster sauce

Pour in the lobster stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Cream getting added to lobster sauce

Add the cream and then simmer until reduced by half.

Making tandoori lobster

Stir in the yogurt and simmer for a couple more minutes until sauce is good and thick.

Pouring tandoori sauce over lobster

Cool sauce slightly and then pour over the lobster meat. Place meat in the shells.

Making tandoori lobster

Top with the Parmasan.

Baking tandoori lobster

Place in the oven. Five or so minutes later, you have this!

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 x 750g lobsters - prepared
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1/2 onion very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard
  • 150ml lobster stock
  • A pinch of saffron (optional)
  • 150ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped coriander
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - grated
  • Juice of two limes


  1. Preheat your oven to its highest setting.
  2. Melt the ghee over medium heat on the hob in a saucepan.
  3. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the finely chopped onion.
  4. Allow the onion to fry for about ten minutes until it is translucent and soft but not browned.
  5. Now add the garlic paste, cumin powder, red chili and English mustard and stir to combine.
  6. Pour in the lobster stock and turn up the heat to bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. When the sauce boils, reduce the heat again and add the double cream and saffron and stir it into the sauce.
  8. To finish the sauce, add the yogurt one tablespoon at a time while stirring followed by the chopped coriander.
  9. Take off the heat to cool slightly.
  10. Pour the sauce over the lobster meat mix well.
  11. Place the tail meat back into the hallow tail shells and the claw meat into the bodies.
  12. Place the lobsters meat side up on a baking tray and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and then place in your oven.
  13. Cook for about four to five minutes until the meat is just cooked through. Cooking times may vary depending on your oven so watch it closely. DO NOT over cook or the meat will become tough.
  14. When cooked through, squeeze with the lime juice and serve immediately.

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Tandoori Lobster

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I hope you enjoy this lobster recipe as much as my family and I do. If you do give it a try, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Emma Hilton

Monday 1st of March 2021

Dan, it’s delicious!

I want to make it again, as a Mother’s Day meal. What side dishes do you think would work well?



Dan Toombs

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Thank you for your message. You could serve with naan breads or basmati rice. I also like to eat it with a nice big salad. Dan


Monday 17th of August 2015

Looks good as usual Dan!

Dan Toombs

Monday 17th of August 2015

Thanks Brian. :-)

Dan Toombs

Sunday 28th of October 2012

Thanks Christine.

Christine Bray

Thursday 25th of October 2012


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