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)
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
To pickle the lemons, place 125g water into a pan and add the Chardonnay vinegar and the sugar. Gently heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Add the sliced lemons to the cooled pickling juice and leave for a minimum of 24 hours before using. This yields more pickled lemons than needed is needed for this recipe, but it stores well in the fridge.
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 the mixture has emulsified. Season with salt.
Place the finely diced cucumber into the pickling liquid and leave in the fridge for a few hours.
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.
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.
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.
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 the seasoning
of the mixture.
In the meantime, heat grapeseed oil to 160°C in a small pan and fry the onions until crispy. Remove and set aside on kitchen paper to drain excess oil. Toast the brioche buns.
Spoon the lobster mixture into the toasted hot dog buns and garnish with some crispy fried onions.