Boxing Day yuzu mayo lobster rolls

Lobster rolls with yuzu mayo and potato chips.
Lobster rolls with yuzu mayo and potato chips. Photo: Katrina Meynink

This lobster roll is the epitome of Boxing Day. Big on flavour and huge on joy. I am a huge fan of yuzu – its vibrant citrus flavour is the perfect complement to the sweetness of lobster meat – and the fermented chilli of the koshu adds wonderful punch and depth. These products do require a trip to a gourmet grocer* but you can easily substitute with lemon juice and chilli paste respectively.


4 brioche rolls, halved

2 lobster tails (about 500-600g total)

2 tbsp butter

½ tbsp yuzu juice*

2-3 cups salted potato crisps


1 cup Kewpie mayonnaise

zest of ½ large lemon

2 tbsp yuzu juice*

½ tsp yuzu koshu*

2 tbsp finely diced garlic chives


1. Bring a large pot of water to a vigorous rolling boil. Add half a lemon to the water. Add the lobster tails and cook for 6-12 minutes or until the shells turn bright red and the meat is tender when poked with a fork. 

2. Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add the butter and once melted and sizzling, add the yuzu and briefly add the lobster tails, flesh side down, and cook for 30-45 seconds or until the meat lightly chars. Using a fork, pull the meat from the shell and allow to cool until you can comfortably handle it. Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces. 

3. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest, yuzu juice, yuzu koshu and chives in a medium bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add the chopped lobster meat and stir to generously coat. 

4. Return the frying pan to the heat and quickly add the brioche roll halves, cut side down, and cook them in the residual butter and yuzu mixture until lightly toasted.

5. To assemble, scoop on some of the lobster mixture onto a brioche half, top with some potato crisps, and sandwich with the top brioche half. 

Repeat with remaining lobster mixture and brioche rolls. 

*Everything you need to know about yuzu (including stockists)

Tip: if you aren't confident cooking the lobster, you can purchase precooked lobster meat from a fishmonger.