Gail Norton’s Lobster Cakes

From Gail Norton

2012 Jul/Aug

This recipe is equally delicious using a combination of smoked trout and trout, salmon, halibut or crab meat.


  • 400 g package frozen lobster, defrosted, well drained and chopped roughly
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 whole egg
  • 1 T. minced chives
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from stems
  • generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 generous T. of grainy mustard
  • 2 T. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. + 1 c. panko
  • oil for cooking


  • Mix together the following ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use:
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 3 T. crème fraîche or buttermilk
  • 1/2 preserved lemon rind, finely minced (preserved lemons are found in Middle Eastern groceries and specialty food stores)
  • 1 T. minced parsley
  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced finely
  • pinch of salt


Gently mix together the lobster, eggs, chives, thyme leaves, salt, pepper, mustard and mayonnaise. Begin adding the 1/2 c. panko, a generous tablespoon at a time, until the mixture, when squeezed, binds together.

Put the 1 c. of panko on a plate. Form the lobster mixture into the desired-sized patties and coat them well with the panko. Move the patties to a cookie sheet and refrigerate them until you‘re ready to cook. Fry the patties in hot oil in a large sauté pan on both sides until golden. Serve with the following sauce. Makes 12 medium-sized lobster cakes.