Make a meal out of the catch with a fresh, homemade pesto sauce.
Broiled Florida Spiny Lobster Tails with Pesto Pasta and Tomato-Basil Relish
Yields 4 servings
- 4 6- to 9-oz. spiny lobster tails, split open in shell
- ¼ stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- Sea salt to taste
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Preheat oven broiler on medium-high. Place all four of the lobsters on a cookie sheet, and make sure they are opened up down the middle. Evenly spread the softened butter over each of the lobster tails meat.
- Lightly season each lobster tail with salt and pepper. Place lobsters in the oven on the middle rack under the broiler. Let lobster cook under the broiler for about 7 minutes or until just barely cooked throughout. Remove lobsters from oven and let cool slightly.
- Serve lobster tails warm with fresh lemon.
Florida Basil Pesto Pasta
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup fresh oregano leaves
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tsp. fresh garlic, sliced
- Sea salt to taste
- Fresh gournd pepper to taste
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 lb. fresh or dried pasta, cooked according to packaging
- Place all ingredients except oil in a food processor or blender. Process the ingredients until smooth. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil to make desired consistency.
- Taste and season the pesto with salt and pepper to taste. Toss half of the pesto with the cooked pasta and stir lightly to evenly combine.
- Taste and add more pesto if desired.
Florida Tomato-Basil Relish
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 2 large tomatoes
- 4 large clove garlic, minced fine
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tbs. red wine vinegar
- Preheat a medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic. Sauté until tomatoes soften, about 3 minutes. Add Basil and vinegar. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve completed dish, place a broiled lobster on each of the four serving plates. Evenly distribute the pesto pasta onto each plate. Top each serving of pesto pasta with and evenly distributed amount of tomato-basil relish.
- Garnish each plate with fresh lemon and any leftover basil leaves.
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