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 in Cognac and tomato sauce

You'll need

3 small live lobsters (200gm each), killed humanely 120 gm softened butter 2 tbsp olive oil 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1 small carrot, finely diced 6 golden shallots, finely diced 1 garlic clove, crushed 120 ml Cognac 375 ml dry white wine 150 ml fish stock 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, blanched, peeled and diced 2 tbsp tomato paste 1½ tbsp French tarragon leaves


  • 01
  • Cut each lobster in half lengthways, remove the tomally, or coral, from the head and set aside. Cut off tails and set aside. Remove claws, crack with the back of a knife and set aside with tails and heads.
  • 02
  • Process tomally and butter in a small food processor to combine and set aside.
  • 03
  • Heat olive oil in a large wide saucepan over medium heat, add celery, carrot and shallot and stir occasionally until tender (5 minutes). Add lobster and garlic and stir to combine. Stand away from the pan, carefully add Cognac, then set alight with a match (make sure your face and body are well away from the pan because the flames will shoot upwards). Shake pan occasionally until flames subside. Add wine, stock, tomato, tomato paste and two-thirds of tarragon, season to taste, cover and stir occasionally until lobster is bright red and just cooked through (5-7 minutes)
  • 04
  • Remove lobster from pan and keep warm, then cook sauce until reduced to 500ml (1315 minutes). Remove pan from heat, stir in butter, return lobster to pan, stir to combine, scatter with remaining tarragon and serve hot.
This recipe is from the July 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

This is our version of the classic homard à l‘Américaine, inspired by a Julia Child recipe. Invest in a good Cognac, and take care with the flambéing – it adds a touch of theatre, but you don’t want your hair to catch fire. We’ve cooked the lobster heads as well as the tails and claws for extra flavour and dramatic presentation, but you can leave the heads out if they don’t fit in your pan. Serve this with bread or steamed rice and a crisp green salad.

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

Heady white Condrieu or Eden Valley viognier

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.