The 50th Anniversary Issue

Our 50th birthday issue is on sale now. We're celebrating five decades of great food and travel with our biggest issue yet.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 27th November, 2016 and receive a Villeroy & Boch platter!

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Lobster halves with lemon butter and dandelion leaf salad

You'll need

2 live green lobsters (about 1kg each) 70 gm young organic dandelion leaves 3 inner celery heart stalks, thinly sliced 12 green Sicilian olives 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil   Garlic and lemon butter 100 gm butter, coarsely chopped 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon, or to taste


  • 01
  • Place lobsters in the freezer to render them insensible (30 minutes). Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of heavily salted water to the boil. Boil lobsters until just cooked through (15 minutes), then drain and set aside to cool slightly.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for garlic and lemon butter, combine butter, garlic and lemon rind in a small saucepan, melt slowly over a low heat until aromatic and combined (3-5 minutes). Add lemon juice, season to taste, set aside.
  • 03
  • Remove head from lobster (discard) and remove legs (set aside). Halve lobster tails and transfer to serving plates. Combine dandelion leaves, celery, olives and oil in a bowl. Season to taste, toss to combine, then divide among serving plates. Drizzle lobster tails with garlic and lemon butter, serve hot with extra lemon juice and lobster legs.

The dandelion leaves in this salad have a subtle and slightly bitter flavour. You can substitute sliced white witlof. Lobster needs nothing more than a drizzling of melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil, but the addition of lemon and garlic gives the butter a bit of a lift. Try to use a good creamy cultured butter.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Top-quality chardonnay.

Featured in

Dec 2009

You might also like...

Adriano Zumbo's Christmas recipes


Christmas pudding ice-cream

Holiday entertaining recipes


Raspberry and Mint Mojito

David Thompson's Thai recipes


Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Strawberry recipes


Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Longrain recipes


Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Barbecue recipes


Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Fast spring recipes


Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Chorizo recipes


conversion tool

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.