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Lobster Bisque with Rouille Sauce and Croutons

Normally priced at upward of $50, Western Australian Rock Lobsters are normally out of our reach. However, recently the price has plummeted to around $20 each which brings about our recipe for one of the most indulgent dishes you can make, Lobster Bisque, a beautiful soup where the Western Australian Rock Lobster is well and truly the star of the show.

Lobster Bisque with  Rouille Sauce and Croutons
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1 cooked lobster (about 500g)
1 red onion (about 50g)
1 carrot (about 50g)
1 celery branch (about 50g)
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp of Cognac
3 tomatoes cut into quarters
1 tsp of tomato puree
75ml of white wine
1 sprig of tarragon
800ml Fish stock
2 tbsp of double cream
A pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tsp of lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

To Serve:

Rouille Sauce
A handful of croutons


Cut the Lobster in half using a strong knife. Do this by laying the Lobster out flat on a chopping board. Position the blade so that it is flat along the centre of its back before pushing down firmly in a smooth motion.

Do NOT try to start the cut by sticking the knife tip in, in a stabbing motion. This will not work and will ruin the shell.

Cut the Lobster in Half
Reserve half the lobster

Remove the flesh from one of the half tail with a spoon. Place the reserved tail in the fridge.

Chop the other half of the lobster roughly with a large knife. Do the same for the shell of the first half.

Roughly cut the lobster shells
Dice the vegetables

Dice the celery, carrot and onion. Melt the butter in a large heavy-based pan; add the chopped vegetables and bay leaf. Cook for 3-4 minutes without letting the vegetables brown.

Add the chopped lobster and the Cognac. Cook until the liquid has evaporated.

Cook the lobste, shells and all
Add the wine and stock

Add the tomatoes, the tomato puree, wine, tarragon and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes.

Briefly liquidize the soup in batches until the shell have broken down.

Blend the suit
Run the soup through the sieve

Strain the soup through a fine sieve, pressing out as much liquid as you can with the back of a ladle.

Bring the soup back to the boil, and reduce a little to concentrate the flavours.

Then lower the heat, add the cream, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Add cream to finish the soup
Place lobster and rouille sauce in bowl.

Dice the half lobster tail reserved earlier and mix it with one tablespoon of rouille sauce. Put the mixed lobster at the bottom of the serving bowl.

Then put a few ladles of the bisque on the top. Serve the soup with a few croutons and some homemade Rouille sauce.

Lobster Bisque with  Rouille Sauce and Croutons

Techniques required to make your own Rouille Sauce:

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How to make Rouille Sauce

Preperation time:
Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Recipe By , Flavoursome Delights

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Love lobster bisque by Australian lobster is the best but also the most expensive. Great job and showing the step by step process. Cheers!

Posted by Daniel on Thursday, 11.02.10 @ 06:25am

G'day mate!
Greetings from Shizuok, Japan!
Being French myself I have a special admiration for this Lobster Bisque!
Well done!
Keep me informed!
Best regards,

Posted by Robert-Gilles Martineau on Tuesday, 16.02.10 @ 13:15pm

Super jazzed about getting that know-how.

Posted by Makailah on Sunday, 17.07.11 @ 08:57am

That's marvelously good to know.

Posted by Kasara on Sunday, 17.07.11 @ 11:34am

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