Lobster roe

Lobster roe

This extravagant dish by Quique Dacosta is simply titled 'Lobster Roe', but contains well over a dozen different elements. The lobster is served with sea urchin, deep-fried snow fungus mushrooms, two different types of carrageenan and a creamy tomato and prawn sauce.
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  1. Step 1

    Bring the seawater to the boil in a wide casserole dish and then turn down the heat
  2. Step 2

    Drop in the lobster and keep the mixture gently bubbling for 9 minutes
  3. Step 3

    Remove, and then cool quickly in ice-cold seawater for at least 20 minutes
  4. Step 4

    Carefully remove the whole lobster carcass and cut it lengthwise, and then into thick half medallions. Remove the legs and claws, taking care not to break them and remove all the meat. Make thick half medallions as you did with the body. Set aside the heads for the American lobster base
  5. Step 5

    With the help of scissors, open the sea urchins and separate the tongues with a spoon. Put them aside, with a little of their filtered water, in a tupperware. To serve, drain on fish paper. We use 3 yolks per dish
  6. Step 6

    Sauté the carabinero prawns and the lobster heads in the butter, then add the garlic and vegetables
  7. Step 7

    Add the water and tomato sauce, bring to the boil and add the cream. Boil gently for 15 minutes and then leave to stand for a while
  8. Step 8

    Strain through a fine chinois and strain again without pressing. Season to taste with salt
  9. Step 9

    For the creamy lobster roe, add the oil to a bowl and place the bowl over ice
  10. Step 10

    Mix 250g of the American base with the food colouring and the agar in a saucepan and bring to the boil whilst gently stirring with a whisk. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for 2 minutes
  11. Step 11

    With the help of a cooking syringe, drip drops of oil onto the cold oil and leave to set. Strain, and set aside
  12. Step 12

    For the creamy codium roe, put the oil in a bowl over ice as above
  13. Step 13

    Mix 250g of the American base with the codium powder, food colouring and the agar in a saucepan
  14. Step 14

    For them mayonnaise, emulsify the oil into the aquafaba. Season with salt
  15. Step 15

    For the lobster gazpachuelo, bring 250g of the American base to a simmer and then remove it from the heat. Emulsify the xanthan gum into the sauce and then add 100g of the mayonnaise in several batches. Season to taste, cool and set aside
  16. Step 16

    Mix the mussels and water in a pot with a lid and bring to the boil for a few minutes until the mussels open and release all their water. Strain through a fine sieve
  17. Step 17

    Cover again, and bring to the boil together with the seaweed until boiled and then turn the heat off
  18. Step 18

    Add the sliced lemon and stir a little. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes then strain through a chinois and pass through a cheesecloth, without any of the sediment. You will get approximately 6 litres. We add 20g of salt for each 6 litres we get
  19. Step 19

    Clean and wash the snow fungus thoroughly. Cut each one into 2-3 pieces
  20. Step 20

    Blanch the snow fungus from cold, then wash again
  21. Step 21

    Cook in the shellfish consommé in a covered pan for about 30 minutes (depending on the fungus). Once the fungus is cooked, chill it and then divide into portions. Set aside, with a little of the shellfish consommé
  22. Step 22

    For the shellfish gelée, dissolve the agar in 500g of shellfish consommé, then leave it to set and break into pieces to serve
  23. Step 23

    For the tempura batter, first dilute the yeast in 100g of water and then add the other 100g of water. Mix the flour and the trisol together with the salt and sugar. Add the yeasty water bit by bit while mixing with a whisk so that you avoid any lumps forming. Ferment in a warm place for 1 hour
  24. Step 24

    Cut the codium into the shape of a coral and heat the sunflower oil up to 180°C for deep frying
  25. Step 25

    Using tongs, dip the codium in the tempura batter. Fry in the hot oil until crisp, then drain on absorbent paper. Set aside in a food dehydrator at 60°C until ready to serve
  26. Step 26

    Cook each of the sea mosses separately in sea water for 10 minutes, then cool each of them quickly in ice-cold sea water
  27. Step 27

    To serve, first put some shellfish gelée at the base of the plate. Then add the boiled lobster meat, the cooked snow fungus and the sea urchin. Top this with the cooked mosses and the raw codium. Top this with the two different creamy roes (lobster and seaweed), the boiled lobster roe and the beluga caviar. Finish with the tempura codium. Serve the lobster gazpachuelo in a separate shell