Lobster Tamarind Sauce



5 cups

Recipe from

Coastal Living


Reserved lobster head, body, and tail shells
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup tamarind paste (from Asian or gourmet market)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 1/3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce


Sauté lobster head, body, and tail shells in hot oil in a large pot over high heat 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion, carrot, and celery, and sauté 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in brandy, and cook 1 minute. Stir in tamarind paste, tomato paste, and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes.

Process one-third of mixture in a blender or food processor until shells are coarsely chopped. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large saucepan, pressing down with back of a wooden spoon. Discard shells. Repeat procedure twice.

Add cream to sauce, and cook over medium-high heat until thoroughly heated. Stir in salt and hot sauce.

NOTE: If there is any extra sauce, serve with hot pasta or other grilled seafood.

May 1997
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