Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers

Sweet with a hint of citrus, this spiny lobster stir-fry recipe is a great twist on an eastern classic.


Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry with Sweet Peppers

   Yields 4 servings

Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry - Florida spiny lobster recipes - Chef Justin Timineri Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

  • 4 (6-ounce) Florida spiny lobster tails, shelled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Florida sweet bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 bunch scallions, rinsed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Stir-Fry Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Florida orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated


  1. Preheat a large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the cooking oil to the preheated pan.
  2. Season the cornstarch lightly with salt and pepper. Lightly dust the lobster bites with the cornstarch.
  3. Carefully place the dusted lobster bites in the oiled pan trying not to overcrowd them. Cook lobster bites for 1 minute, then move the lobster to the side of the pan. Add the bell peppers, garlic, scallions and ginger. Season the ingredients in the pan lightly with salt and pepper. Stir-fry the ingredients together, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stir-fry sauce and stir to coat. Add some of the cilantro, saving some for garnish.
  4. Serve lobster stir-fry over a bed of rice and garnish with sesame seeds and remaining cilantro.


Stir-Fry Sauce

  1. In a small sauce pot over medium heat, add orange juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and orange zest. Bring ingredients to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of cold water. Whisk the cornstarch and water mixture until combined.
  3. Slowly whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce mixture. Continue to whisk until the sauce has thickened. Bring to a slight boil and let cool.


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Chef Justin Timineri - Florida's Executive Chef - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


The official Chef of Florida, Justin Timineri, shares some of his recipes with us. A proponent of eating healthy, locally-grown and harvested produce and seafood, Timineri’s recipes imbue that Fresh From Florida flavor. For more on chef Justin, click here.

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