I’m definitely not impressed by lobster in any form or fashion. I personally think is highly overrated and I’d much prefer shrimp any day… well except for pepper lobster. While I did enjoy the Curry Lobster With Shrimp I shared a while back, it’s not something I’d crave. In doing this Curry Lobster, if you’d like to go with half the water and add coconut milk to make up the other 1/2 of liquid needed, it will add a lovely sweet undertone to the overall curry sauce.
2 lobsters (about 3 lbs total)
2 1/2 tablespoon veg oil
1 medium onion (diced)
5 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 green scotch bonnet pepper (cut 1/2)
1 ripe Scotch Bonnet pepper (whole)
3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
2 tablespoon curry powder
2 1/2 – 3 cups water
4 medium potatoes (pre-boiled in salted water)
3/4 teaspoon salt (adjust)
2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley *
Notes! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements. Especially the curry powder you use as some may have fillers. I used two scotch bonnet peppers, use any spicy pepper you like or can source. Optionally, you may leave them out or use as much as you can handle. Please follow along with the use of the video below.
Clean, trim and cut the lobster into pieces. Hit the claws to crack them so we get the curry flavors deep within. Yes, you may use lobster tails if you wanted to.
Peel and cut your potatoes into 1/4’s and boil in salted water (about 3/4 teaspoon) until tender. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan and add the diced onion, smashed garlic and geera seeds (cumin). Cook for 3-4 minutes on a low heat.
Add the green scotch bonnet pepper (cut in half) and the Caribbean Green Seasoning. A green scotch bonnet will not be as fiery as a ripe or fully mature one, but it will still have a kick. A couple minutes later add the curry powder and stir well. Continue cooking on low.
The goal is to NOT BURN anything, especially the curry or you’ll have an offensive tasting curry sauce at the end. Never BURN curry! After 4 minutes add the water, turn the heat up and bring to a boil.
As it comes to a boil add the whole scotch bonnet pepper (I explain why in the video below) along with the prepared lobster to the pan and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 4 minutes before adding the pre-cooked potatoes.
Be sure to mix well so the potato gets covered with the tasty curry sauce and in the process, soak up some of it.
After 3-4 minutes, it’s time to taste and adjust the salt to your liking and as you turn off the stove, toss in the finely chopped parsley. Should you prefer to use cilantro or Shado Beni (culantro), do you. If you find that the gravy or sauce is a bit runny, you may crush a few pieces of the potato to thicken things up. However do keep in mind that the residual heat in the pan will further cook things, plus as it cools it will thicken up further.