South Coast Rock Lobster

Palinirus Gilchristi

This lobster is caught by the long line lobster trap method at depths of 50m to 150m in water of 8ºC to 10ºC. This lobster is easily recognisable as a deep, cold water species with its exceptionally high tail to total body mass yield of 45%, giving it one of the highest tail yields of any lobster in the world. Together with the tail yield, its delicate flavour makes this quality lobster excellent value for money. It is almost identical in appearance to the prime European spiny lobster, Palinurus Gilchristi, also known as the Royale in France and the Cantabrico in Spain.

South Coast Rock Lobster
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The South Coast lobster is a market leader in the frozen, cold water tail market in the USA. This wild caught cold water species, rose in colour, occurs in the deep temperate South Atlantic ocean. Our supplier has a fleet of lobster vessels operating from their headquarters in Cape Town, where their cold storage facility, processing plant, and engineering workshop provide comprehensive support to ensure optimum utilisation of both the vessels and lobster products.


These are hard-shelled cold water species, meaning the meat will be succulent and sweet. The key to retaining the lobster tail meat’s integrity, and tenderness, is in proper thawing. It’s crucial that the meat remain as cold as possible before cooking, so the tails should be thawed in a sealed bag in the fridge for a least 6 hours. This wonderful shellfish can be cooked using a wide range of methods. Boiling, steaming and grilling can be used to prepare delicious sumptuous and succulent lobster meat. For serving amounts, a general rule of thumb is that one 6-8 ounce tail will serve one person.


The company focuses its attention on sustainability of marine life, and belongs to various fishing associations in South Africa including SAFE (South Africa Fishing Ethically). The company is also FDA(Food and Drug Administration) and HACCP(Hazard Analyses & Critical Control Points) certified. An added advantage is that fishing takes place throughout the year, and as such we can maintain continuity of supply.