Seafood recipe: Peter Kuruvita's Lobster with Truffle Sauce Crème

Tasmanian lobster with truffle sauce creme | Peter Kuruvita
Tasmanian lobster with truffle sauce creme | Peter Kuruvita

Want to bring some of the culinary highlights of Tasmania to your home? Re-create this aromatic roast lobster recipe by TV celebrity chef and restauranter Peter Kuruvita.

Famous for his signature style of quality local produce with a focus on seafood spiced with Sri Lankan and world flavours, join Peter on his next culinary tour in Tasmania – he'll be with you every step of the way.

Region: Tasmania | Serves: 4 | Difficulty: Mid

Prep: 50 mins | Cooking: 45 mins | Chilling time: 45 mins

While truffle butter might seem like a fancy ingredient, the aroma truly lifts the flavours of shellfish and is completely worth it!


• 1 x 1.5 kg live crayfish or yabby
• Micro cress, to serve

For the sauce crème:
• 250 ml (1 cup) white wine
• 250 ml (1 cup) dry vermouth
• 5 golden shallots, finely diced
• 5 white peppercorns
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 litre fish stock
• 1 litre pouring cream

For the truffle butter:
• 50 g salt bush, finely chopped
• 150 g butter, softened
• 1 fresh black truffle, finely grated
• 1 garlic clove, finely chopped


1. To kill the crayfish humanely, place in the freezer for about 45 minutes or until insensible. You are not trying to freeze it, just put it to sleep.

2. Meanwhile, for the sauce crème, place all the ingredients except the cream into a heavy-based saucepan and simmer over low-medium heat until reduced by three quarters. Add the cream and bring to the boil. Season to taste and remove from the heat. Strain through a fine sieve, discard the solids and set aside. This can be kept refrigerated for up to 1 week.

3. For the truffle butter, combine all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 2 cm nozzle.

4. Preheat the oven to 185˚C.

5. To make a cavity in the crayfish for the butter, push a sharpening steel or a metal utensil with a long thin handle into the head to make an entry point. Push the steel into the crayfish tail between the top shell and the meat. With the steel in place, pipe as much butter as you can into the crayfish and place on a baking tray. Reserve the remaining butter. Roast the crayfish for 15 minutes or until the butter starts seeping out.

6. Holding the tail with a kitchen cloth, carefully twist the tail off the head. Using kitchen scissors, cut down either side of the bottom side of the tail shell, then gently remove the crayfish meat in one piece. Thickly slice the meat on an angle and place back into the shell.

7. Reheat the sauce crème in a saucepan over low heat to just before boiling. Add the remaining truffle butter and using a stick blender, whizz the sauce until emulsified. Place the crayfish on a serving plate and pour over enough sauce crème to cover. Scatter with micro cress and serve immediately with the remaining sauce on the side.

Recipe featured in Peter Kuruvita's Coastal Kitchen.

Hungry for more? Join Australian foremost chef Peter Kuruvita on his next culinary adventure across Tasmania. Peter has a knack for really knowing how to bond with locals anywhere over a mutual love of food and produce; plus you'll enjoy hands-on cooking demonstrations and the chance to know the local's lore and their cooking secrets.

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