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Recipe: Chilli glazed lobster tail

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Lobster is great for a family celebration, a special romantic dinner or even just a change from the ordinary dishes. The mild flavour of lobster pairs well with just about any food that isn’t spicy or pungent.

Here’s a simple recipe on the preparation of lobster tail that enhances the natural flavour of the succulent meat by Executive Chef Nikolaj Retpen of W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. The lobster tail served with fresh mango, palm hearts and mild chilli make an exquisite but surprisingly simple meal.


500g lobster tail

60ml corn oil

50g red onion – finely chopped

50g fresh red chilli – chopped

Juice of one lemon, or to taste

50g garlic – finely chopped

40g palm hearts – sliced

30g snow peas Julienne


1. Boil lobster tails for 5 min and remove shell, marinate in lemon juice, salt and pepper.

2. Meanwhile, heat two pans with 30ml corn oil in each pan over medium-high heat. In the first pan, add onion, garlic, snow peas and palm hearts. Cook for 2 mins and remove from the fire. In the second pan, add chilli and mango. Cook for 2 mins and remove from heat.

3. Cut lobster tail into 5 slices.

4. Arrange palm hearts and snow peas on plate.

5. Place cut lobster on top of the palm hearts and snow peas.

6. Finish by arranging mango and chilli on top of lobster.

7. Decorate with micro herbs.

Executive Chef Nikolaj Retpen of W Retreat & Spa - Maldives

Executive Chef Nikolaj Retpen of W Retreat & Spa – Maldives

Danish born Chef Nikolaj Retpen is the Executive Chef of W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. Having previously worked at the retreat from 2006 to 2008, Nikolaj returns as Executive Chef after having worked at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa in Maldives and The Laguna Resort & Spa, in Nusa Dua of Bali. On a more personal note, Nikolaj who speaks over 5 different languages loves to travel and explore. With passion at heart, he loves to experiment in the kitchen and enjoys a game of tennis or a visit to the gym or big game fishing to work up an appetite.

W Retreat & Spa – Maldives is a tropical playground in the Indian Ocean that’s perfect for relaxing, playing, and recharging for your next adventure. Connect with inner peace and go along with the pace of island life. Succumb to an inviting concept of dazzling blue waters, spectacular reefs and pristine sands infused with style and soul – you’re no longer part of the everyday.


Author: Javan Ng

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Comments (2)

  1. oscar says:

    Wow – nice lobster creation – for sure a chef to watch in future.

  2. I have visited W. Amazing hotel with superb restaurants!!

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