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South African Seafood: Cape Rock Lobster

South African Seafood: Cape Rock Lobster

The delicious seafood delicacy known as Cape Rock Lobster (Jasus lalandii) is located off the unspoiled South African coast. This beautiful crab has been a mainstay in South African cuisine for decades and is renowned for its luscious, sweet flesh. Cape Rock Lobster has a long culinary heritage and retains a particular place in the hearts of the locals and seafood lovers around.

The original Khoisan people of South Africa were among the first to experience the delicious flavour of Cape Rock Lobster, which has a long history dating back centuries. The abundant seafood treasures around the shore, notably the prolific Cape Rock Lobster, were found by these skilful fishermen. The Khoisan people have been harvesting and cooking these lobsters for millennia, passing on their culinary skills to succeeding groups.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, European explorers and colonists found South Africa and the abundance of Cape Rock Lobster in the area's coastal waters. The culinary significance of this maritime delicacy was rapidly appreciated by the newcomers, and both sailors and settlers began to enjoy it.

Preparation Time

30 minutes.


Cape Rock lobster tails

Fresh parsley (chopped)

Lemon wedges.

Unsalted butter (melted)


Salt and pepper

Garlic (minced)

Fresh lemon juice


  • Using kitchen shears, carefully cut the top of the lobster tails down the center, exposing the meat.
  • Gently open the shell, and use your fingers to loosen the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base.
  • Mix the melted butter, minced garlic, lemon juice, paprika, salt, and pepper to create the marinade.
  • Brush the lobster tails generously with the butter marinade, making sure to get some of the mixtures inside the cuts you made
  • Place the lobster tails on the preheated grill, meat side down. Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with the remaining butter marinade.
  • Remove them from the grill. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley on it.
  • Serve.