Lobster ravioli with lobster broth and a lemongrass-shellfish sauce

Posted on October 16, 2006 by Aun

It’s always satisfying to create a recipe that wows your friends. For a recent dinner party, I had told my wife S that I wanted to create a lobster ravioli. I was inspired partly by the amazing seabass ravioli, made by Chef William Ledeuil, that I tasted while attending the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok’s World Gourmet Festival. Chef Ledeuil’s ravioli was served with two sauces. Under the ravioli, Ledeuil had laid down some pepper compote. Over it, he had spooned some lemongrass-accented foam. It was a gorgeous, subtle, aromatic and delicious dish.

I wanted, for my dinner, to create something a little more rich. And a little more luxurious. For the one and only catering job that S I have ever accepted, we made (among other dishes) Thomas Keller’s butter-poached lobster served with a mascarpone and lobster broth enriched orzo. Keller’s lobster broth is beautiful. It’s thick and full of flavour. I wanted to use Ledeuil’s idea of combining two sauces, one stronger and one lighter, and I thought Keller’s lobster broth would make the perfect underlying sauce.

Since we’d have to use the shells from 2 lobsters to make the broth, it only made sense then that our ravioli should be stuffed with the lobsters’ meat. S used a fish mousse recipe from John Campbell’s Formulas for Flavour and tweaked it to produce a delightful lobster mousse. We combined this with more lobster meat and some Thai herbs. Our final touch was a light prawn stock that had been infused with lemongrass and Thai shallots, then flavoured with coconut milk, blended and strained. We drizzled just a touch of this light and fragrant sauce over each dish, giving it a nice subtle Asian flavour.

It’s always just a little bit nerve-wracking to serve something that is entirely of our own creation to friends. If a dish comes straight from a cookbook and if it doesn’t pan out well, we can always blame the chef whose recipe it is. However, when the dish is something we come up with ourselves, then if the flavours or textures don’t gel together, than we are entirely to blame. Fortunately, our friends appeared to really like this dish. They polished off their plates pretty quickly and a couple even asked for extra portions. S and I were thrilled at the results and plan to make this at future dinner parties, including one to celebrate my mother’ s 65th birthday in just a few weeks.

I have to admit that the dish is not the easiest thing in the world to make. But it is very tasty and extremely satisfying. I hope you take the time to give it a try.

Lobster Ravioli with lobster broth and a lemongrass-shellfish sauce
Serves 8 (makes 16 ravioli)

Ravioli
body meat from 2 large lobsters
60g Chinese coriander, finely chopped
100g lobster mousse
30g Thai basil, finely chopped
salt
olive oil
1 egg, beaten
32 wonton skins
flour for dusting

Dice the lobster meat and combine with the coriander, mousse, and basil. Drizzle just a touch of olive oil onto the mixture and stir it in. Season to taste with salt. Use 2 wonton skins for each ravioli. Put a small amount of the lobster mixture onto the middle of a skin. Rub a little of the beaten egg around the edges of the skin and place another skin on top of it, sealing it. Dust with flour and store on a tray in a cool area.

Lemongrass-shellfish sauce
3 cups prawn stock (or chicken stock if you can’t get or make prawn stock)
1 cup coconut milk
juice from 1 lemon
4 sticks lemongrass
50g Thai shallots
salt

Chop up the lemongrass and shallots and place them in a pan with the prawn stock. Add the lemon juice to taste. Warm the pan up slowly, letting it reach a boil. Then remove from the heat and add the coconut milk. Salt to taste. Blend the mixture until it is as smooth as possible, then strain the sauce into a pan.

Lobster mousse
(makes more than is needed for this dish)
meat from the claws of the 2 lobsters, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of ground pepper
150ml cream

Place the lobster meat in a food processor and blend to a fine mince, stopping when needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the salt and pepper and mix again, ensuring even distribution. Chill for 10-15 minutes. Place the lobster back into the processor, then blend in the cream, adding it in a steady stream. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Cover well and store in the fridge.

Lobster broth
1/4 cup canola oil
2 lobster body shells
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 bunch tarragon
2 cups heavy cream

Heat the oil in a large, deep pan. Add the lobster shells and sear over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until they turn red. Add the tomatoes, carrots, and tarragon. Cover the shells and vegetables with water and bring to a boil. Skim off any impurities that rise to the top. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the stock through a large strainer, smashing the lobster bodies with a wooden spoon to extract all the liquid. Strain again through a chinois into a clean saucepan. Return the strained stock to the stove and simmer until it is reduced to just 1 cup. Add the cream, return to a simmer and cook, skimming occasionally, until the broth is reduced to just 2 cups. Strain again.

To serve, cook your ravioli in boling water. When the ravioli rise to the surface of the water, they are done. Spoon some of the lobster broth into the bottom of each serving dish. Then place 2 ravioli on each dish. Drizzle a little more lobster broth and then a spoon or two of the lemongrass-shellfish sauce.

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About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Anonymous October 16, 2006 at 6:08 am

    Sounds delicious. I don’t think that I will ever get enough energy to make it for myself, so I shall enjoy it vicariously through your blog. Any more photos of the ravioli? After all that hard work you & your wife have put in, one photo certainly doesn’t do it any justice.

    By the way, I am a Singaporean in Sydney. It’s Good Food Month here, and you would have enjoyed the many events being held here right now.

    Nora

  2. Chubby Hubby October 16, 2006 at 10:03 am

    Nora: Sadly, this was the best photo taken. I made this batch and shot it the day after the dinner party. We like to keep our dining room quite dim during dinners, which stinks for photography.

  3. cookies_cream October 16, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    OMG~ Lobster Ravioli…serious speaking, I’ve never tasted any raviolis before but lobster ravioli really sounds yummylicious~! =)

  4. Wen-ai October 16, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    I love your blog, but I have never tried any of your recipes yet. (Sad to say) Nonetheless, I’ll really like to try the lobster ravioli! I have a few questions though…
    [1] Is the effect of using wanton skins better than pasta sheets for ravioli? Personally, I enjoy the slightly “chewy” texture of pasta…
    [2] Can I assume that you have blanched the “2 big lobsters” and then reuse their shells to make the broth?
    [3] Thai shallots… where can I get them? Do normal shallots have the same effect?

  5. Tim October 16, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    It looks good if you ask me! I am always impressed with people that make pasta from scratch and a Keller inspired ravioli has to be good…

  6. OperaConvert October 16, 2006 at 4:12 pm

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  7. A. October 16, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    wow! i just stumbled upon your blog via robyn (the girl who ate everything)’s links. what a great find!

    btw, i love lobster ravioli…i am from new england so we seafood everything there. crab ravioli is also really good too. hmmm, i’m getting homesick just thinking about this.

  8. SPORTinc October 16, 2006 at 10:41 pm

    Looks really yummy! Must Try this soon!

  9. IronaB October 17, 2006 at 1:52 am

    Stuck here in good old London town with crummy weather today but your blog surely did cheer me up loads.Was inspired to make ravioli for the children’s tea today. Will attempt to do the whole lobster bit when I get back to sg.

  10. krista October 17, 2006 at 4:53 am

    My favorite Lobster Ravioli….yummy!

  11. krista October 17, 2006 at 4:55 am

    My favorite Lobster Ravioli….yummy!

  12. Tokyoastrogirl October 17, 2006 at 5:47 am

    I’m sure this tasted absolutely amazing and it is so beautiful to look at. Almost too pretty to eat! I said almost….;)

  13. Keropok Man October 18, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    I can just imagine the taste of ravioli now.

    Few friends and I had something similar, it was “Ravioli of Lobster with Scallop and Tarragon Mousse, Tomato & Basil” prepared by Tets, Sydney. It was served as a single huge ravioli.

    Maybe you can add scallop the next time too :-)

  14. eliza October 18, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    lobster ravioli is very good indeed. i love that the broth has asian note in it, make it more interesting

  15. Libertas October 18, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    This really really looks good! I must try it out!

  16. christine (myplateoryours) October 18, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    Tell us more about the idea of using two sauces — does one just “float” on top? I assume they swirl together as you eat, or do the different textures and weights keep them separate so you can taste them as separate ingredients? Interesting idea.

  17. Gilbert October 23, 2006 at 6:37 am

    Lobster ravioli, a classic dish but this ones sounds really nice. Most i i get a lilte disapointed with ravioli since it’s too much pasta and too little sauce and lobster. But the dish you made looks and sounds really nice.

    Gilbert
    Food blog – http://www.otal.dk

  18. Julie October 25, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    I am here via lobstersquad. Just wanted to say that this looks phenomenally good. Wow!

    Also read the post about your dog getting lost and then found. Wonderful news that your dog made it back home safely and it’s nice to know there are kind people in the world who take the time to rescue a lost dog.

  19. ShellyJ November 14, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    Was looking around for ideas on lobster ravioli and found your blog entry. I used your idea for lobster mousse in making my ravioli, and used tarragon along with the body meat. It made a great filling, thank you so much for the inspiration! My sauce was a white truffle cream and I garnished with osetra caviar and chives. My description is on Blogger, CookingAsLife.

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