March Mother’s Day recipe by Jon Fell:

jon fell3 Jon’s Mum’s Lobster Thermidor

IF you want spoil your mum on Mothers Day this is the recipe to do it.

This will show her how much you love everything she does for you every other day of the year. Now go on, spoil her.

This is a recipe that had a huge impact years ago, then was kind of forgotten and was looked down upon by many chefs as “too old fashioned” but in recent years has made a come back.

So I have to say hooray!

I also know that any chef worth their salt will have their own version of this classic Thermidor sauce, I’m no exception, so here’s my version I’m going to share with you:

  • 1x1kg whole cooked lobster
  • 30g of butter
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 600ml fish stock, (buy it! It’s fine)
  • 100ml of Noilly Prat (white wine will do)
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Handful of chopped herbs, chives, parsley, chervil and tarragon
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 30g grated cheddar
  • 30g grated Parmesan


  • Place the lobster belly down and cut in half
  • Lift out the tail meat
  • Break off the claws and crack open the shells
  • Carefully remove all the meat from the claws
  • Cut the tail meat into bite size pieces and place evenly between the two shells
  • Chop the claw meat and add these to the tail shells
  • Now let’s make this fantastic sauce!!
  • Melt the butter in a pan
  • Add the shallots and cook till soft
  • Add the fish stock, Noilly Prat, and half the cream
  • Boil and reduce by 3/4
  • Add the rest of the cream, mustards and cheddar
  • Simmer until you have a good coating consistency
  • Now add the herbs and squeeze of lemon
  • Preheat the grill
  • Spoon the sauce over the lobster
  • Sprinkle with the Parmesan and grill until golden and bubbling
  • Serve with some homemade chips and a rocket salad

You can catch Jon cooking up this recipe on his Simply Good Food app series ‘Fish and Tips’ – find this on the Google store or on the Apple app store.

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