Thai-Style Lobster and Herb Salad with Snap Peas and Salted Cucumber Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: Dried shrimp can be found in most Chinese or SouthEast Asian grocers.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 4 to 5 ounces picked lobster meat from 1 whole steamed lobster (about 1 1/2 pounds live)

  • 1 small cucumber, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • Kosher salt

  • 4 ounces snap peas, cut on a sharp bias into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 red Thai bird chiles, finely sliced

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1/4 cup palm or brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from 3 to 4 limes

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh Thai or sweet basil leaves

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon small dried shrimp, roughly chopped if larger than 1/8-inch (see note)

  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts


  1. Cut lobster meat into rough 1/2-inch chunks. Refrigerate until ready to use. Toss cucumber with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and place in a fine mesh strainer or colander set over a bowl to drain.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the snap peas until they are bright green but still very crunchy, about 1 minute. Remove from pot with a fine mesh strainer or metal spider and run under cold water until well chilled. Dry on paper towels and add to a large bowl. Rinse cucumbers, dry well, and add to bowl.

  3. Combine chilies, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice in a medium bowl and whisk until sugar is dissolved.

  4. Add lobster, basil, cilantro, shallots, dried shrimp, and pine nuts to bowl with cucumbers and snap peas. Add half of dressing and toss to coat. Taste salad and season with more dressing as desired. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
286 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 286
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1079mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 46mg 231%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 675mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)