Lobster the food of Romantics for Valentine’s Day

A recent Harris Poll of 1,000 adults asked the question, “Is lobster the food of Romantics on Valentine’s Day?”  More than 42 percent answered with a resounding “Yes.”

For a long as people can remember, it has always been a tradition that many people  consider lobster the most romantic of all meals.  Lobster is often the dish of choice for celebrations and holidays and now we know it extends to romance.

lobster valentine heart
Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017

A spokesman was quoted by the study explaining that  “Lobster is the perfect dish for a Romantic, or Special Occasion dinner out. It is an exotic delicacy that results in an intimate moment between loved ones because Lobster is hand-held and shareable. Shellfish, especially lobster, is a catalyst for connection like no other food.”

Valentines Day Lobster Dinner

Oysters are traditional delicacies that are also served as part of a  romantic Valentine’s Day meal.  Oysters are known to be aphrodisiacs in many cultures. A good reason  why these delicate shellfish are the perfect choice for Valentines Day dinners. Raw oysters on the half shell with ice cold champagne makes the perfect appetizer.

Valentines Day lobster on dinner plate
Valentines Day Lobster Dinner

Lobsters this year can be ordered online and are available for delivery anywhere in the united states on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016.

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What About Serving Jumbo Lobster for New Years Eve Dinner

Every New Year holiday there is heard the same debate about what size lobster to order for the New Year’s Eve dinner celebration. Do bigger lobster have more meat? Are bigger lobster tough when cooked? Are jumbo lobster priced better?

Jumbo eight pound live Maine lobster
Jumbo Eight Pound Lobster

There are differing opinions on the quality of taste between a smaller lobster and a jumbo lobster, but these opinions are based on legend and not fact. Cooked properly, a six-pound lobster will be just as delicious as a 1-1/2 pound lobster. However, care must be taken not to overcook a large lobster. Overcooked lobster meat will toughen quickly. Steaming is the most forgiving way to cook a jumbo lobster. So follow cooking instructions and tips carefully and your jumbo lobster will be just as succulent as a smaller lobster.

Fresh is Best

Among the most important factors affecting taste is freshness. Ocean fresh is best. For example, supermarket lobster that sit in tanks for weeks at a time will begin to lose weight as the claw meat shrinks. When cooked, the supermarket lobster won’t taste as succulent as an ocean fresh lobster.

The next important factor is to make sure the lobster is flavorful is to order what is called the “hard shell lobster.” Lobsters “molt,” which means they shed their shell as they grow. After molting, the lobster’s new shell is soft. During this growth period, lobsters are in a weakened condition and do not travel well. Soft-shell lobster also have less meat for their size and some people are of the opinion soft shells are not necessarily as flavorful as the hard shells. The connoisseur won’t take a chance and will usually avoid soft-shell lobster.

So the keys to succulent jumbo lobster is careful cooking, freshness and selecting hard shells, but are jumbo lobster also a good value?

Larger lobster have a higher volume-to-surface ratio, yielding a little more meat per pound. Not a big difference, but there is a difference. On a practical level, jumbo lobster have larger legs, swimmerets, body and shoulders. The meat in these parts of the lobster is considered a delicacy. The truth is, on a large lobster the meat in those places is much easier to get at then on a smaller lobster. The legs especially will have a higher volume of meat. The larger claws on jumbos will also offer up to 20% more of the very desirable sweet claw meat.

Wild Caught Lobster

The Maine lobster lives in the ocean and is still harvested much as they were in the 19th century. Lobster fishermen go out in season to collect lobster from their traps and the lobster is delivered to market daily. Since the harvest varies from month to month, lobster prices go up and down with supply and demand. Waterfront Maine lobster pounds such as the ones operated by the Lobster Trap Company allow the storage of ocean fresh lobster, helping to stabilize prices in the off season.

Big George the lobster
Jumbo Lobster Service

 

Jumbos begin at 2 ½ to three pounds with the weight measured wet, or right out of the tank. Some years the price-per-pound for jumbos is higher than quarters, halves and selects. Some years the price per pound is less. It just depends on the supply and the demand.

Lobsters-Online.Com ships only hand selected, fresh lobster. The hard-shell lobster are lively, healthy, and ocean fresh. By operating water-front lobster pounds in Maine, Lobsters-Online.Com is able to offer customers ocean-fresh jumbo lobster year round.

So go ahead an order some jumbo lobster for your New Year’s Eve dinner celebration. And have a Happy New Year!

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Christmas Eve Baked Stuffed Lobster Recipe Dazzling with Pine Nuts, Dried Apricots and Rosemary

Looking to wow the family with your traditional Christmas Eve lobster dinner?  Try this baked-stuffed lobster recipe dazzling with pine nuts, dried apricots and rosemary for a fantastic gourmet holiday feast.

Christmas Eve baked stuffed Maine Lobster
Christmas Eve Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster

Make sure you start with ocean fresh lobster from Maine.  Order for home delivery from your favorite online lobster delivery service.  Then gather up the following ingredients.

Let’s Get Ready:

  • 4 1 ½ lb Live Maine lobsters
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup finely diced dried apricots
  • 10 oz. brioche, cut into ¾” cubes
  • 1 ½ cups diced celery, diced onion, diced fennel
  • Dash dried red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 sprigs rosemary

Let’s Start Cooking: 

In a large (16-quart) cook pot, bring 3 cups of water to a roiling boil. Place lobsters one at a time head first into the pot and cover tightly with lid. Cook for seven (7) minutes, making sure to stir the lobster once or twice. Remove the lobsters and set aside and let cool.  Save the liquid in the pot.  Once cool, use a large chef knife to open the claws and remove the meat. Set meat aside and discard the shells. Twist the body from the tail and slice open the body and remove the insides leaving just the outer shell.  Remove the legs from the body shell. Save the shell. Use chef’s scissors to cut the outer edges of the underside of the tail and remove the meat. Discard the cut tail shell piece and save the tail shell. Clean the lobster meat over a bowl to save the juices.  Strain 3 cups of the liquid from the pot into the bowl.  Dice all the lobster meat except for four of the claws.  Leave  4 of the 8 claws whole.

Prepare the stuffing

Bring oven to 350 degrees and toast the brioche until golden brown, about seven to 10 minutes. In a large sauté pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and apricots and cook, stirring frequently. Cook until apricots have darkened and the pine nuts have toasted to deep brown.  Add in the onion, celery and fennel and stir. Cook for three to five minutes until the celery begins to soften.  Add the red pepper flake, fresh ground pepper, parsley and a pinch of salt.  Add the toasted brioche and toss the mixture.  Add three cups of the reserved liquid and combine with mixture.  Cook over low heat until the bread has absorbed the liquid, about three to five minutes.  Add the diced lobster meat to the mixture and toss to combine.  Keep the stuffing warm.

Position the Lobster Shells

Next position the lobster tail shells and body shells on a sheet tray.  Fill each shell with a generous portion of the warm stuffing.  Place the rosemary aside each shell.  Pre-heat broiler to medium-high and cook for seven to 10 minutes until golden brown.  Then add the four claws, one atop each lobster, and cook one more minute.  Serve immediately.

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Lobster Real American Comfort Food

Yes, fresh lobster from New England is a well known delicacy, but did you know lobster is really good for you?  Rich in protein, Vitamin B-12, Phosphorus and Zinc, lobster is also low in fat and calories and has zero carbohydrates. Lobster is also an excellent source of lean protein.   All told, lobster is real American comfort food and an incredibly healthy food.

 

Lobster also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which according to the American Heart Association, are associated with good heart health.
The experts at the National Institute of Health list lobster as having fewer calories and saturated fats than both chicken and turkey.  Here is a breakdown of a 3.5 ounce serving of each.
                       CHOLESTEROL    CALORIES     FATS
Maine Lobster          72 mg              98              0.1 g
Skinless Chicken        85 mg           173             1.3 g
Skinless Turkey        86 mg           140               0.4 g

 

New England restaurants from Maine to Rhode Island prepare lobsters in any number of elaborate ways.   Baked stuffed, lobster salads, lobster ravioli, lobster chowder and more are among the specialties. However, most New England folks rely on the tried and true ways: Steamed (or boiled), grilled or broiled. 

 


For lobster lovers, a fresh, steamed lobster has the best taste.   Hard shell or new shell, lobster requires careful cook timing for best flavor. Cooking either too long or too short can turn the meat mushy or tough and greatly affect flavor.  Perfectly cooked, the claw and tail meat is tender, sweet and delicious.   If all this make you hungry, remember you don’t have to go to Maine.  Today you can have live, fresh lobster delivered right to your front door anywhere in the country.

 

Here are the nutrients and the percentage of daily requirements found in a 3.5 ounce lobster tail.

 

Lobster
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
410 kJ (98 kcal)
0 g
0 g
0 g
0.59 g
0.107 g
0.091 g
0.16 g
20.5 g
0 mg (0%)
4 mg (267%)
4 mg (27%)
2 mg (40%)
4 mg (308%)
Folate (Vit. B9)
2 μg (1%)
0 mg (0%)
6 mg (1%)
2 mg (16%)
8 mg (2%)
15 mg (2%)
0 mg (0%)
15 mg (150%)
Percentages are relative to US Recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

 

So what does one need to know when enjoying their next Maine? Lobster is is a beneficial source of plaque reducing Omega-3 fatty acids (which are healthy for the heart), extremely low in fat, very high in protein,  The same portion of skinless chicken has 130% more fat while the same portion of lean beef has 500% more fat.

 

And for those who prefer organic food, lobster is at the top of the list. They are harvested in the wild where they feed on a smorgasbord of fresh seafood. The Lobster diet consists of live fish, live crabs, live clams and live mussels. In all, lobster have a very healthy diet which which is why they are a beneficial food for humans.
For cooking information, check out our tips on how to cook live Maine Lobster.
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Tips for Cooking Fresh Maine Lobster Tails On a Gas Grill

Fresh lobster tails on the grill are perfect for just about any occasion. However, cooking lobster tails on the grill requires careful attention to timing and movement. Cooking over the dry heat of a gas grill can dry the lobster meat out or cause it to cook it unevenly. Lobster tails on the grill should be rotated on the grill to make sure the tail meat cooks evenly. And the tails should be turned only once. Start cooking the lobster tail with the flesh side down. Then for the last three minutes flip the lobster onto the shell side.

Maine lobster tail on a plate
Fresh Maine Lobster Tail Garnished with Lemon Slice and Asparagus

Preparation:

Split the lobster’s tails in half lengthwise and press the flesh open. Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir. Brush the oil sauce onto the flesh side of the lobster tail. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high temperature. Place tails on the grill flesh side down and cook for seven minutes. Four minutes on the flesh side and three minutes on the shell side. Do not over cook. Remove the tails from the heat and serve immediately.

Prep Time: 13 minutes
Grill Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: About 20 minutes
Servings: Serves 3 to 6 (depending on how lucky your guests are)

Ingredients:

  • 6 4-to-6 oz fresh lobster tails (make sure they are fully thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

As an option, garnish with fresh lemon slice and serve with grilled asparagus.  Grilled fresh lobster tails; outdoor entertaining at its best.

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The Best Lobster & Seafood Restaurants in Las Vegas

When most people think of Las Vegas, they tend to think of the famous American city’s casinos and its nightlife. However, if you were to take a trip to Vegas, you would quickly discover that there are many other things to do in Las Vegas than playing at one of its many unique and massive casinos. For instance, it is home to several fantastic lobster and seafood restaurants.

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The following are three of the beat seafood restaurants you will find during your trip to Sin City:

American Fish by Michael Mina – located in the Aria Hotel Casino, this upscale restaurant offers patrons a fine dining experience in a beautiful ocean-themed atmosphere. Some of the exquisite foods you will find here include New England Lobster Roll, Mustard-Marinated Black Cod, and Cornmeal-Crusted Rainbow Trout.

 

 

Maine lobster claws, oysters and littleneck clams on a plate
Oysters and Lobsters at Aquaknox in Las Vegas

Aquaknox – at the famous Venetian Casino and hotel, you will find Aquaknox, an incredibly sophisticated seafood restaurant that provides customers with a menu that includes fresh fish that is flown in each day and skillfully prepared to create succulent dishes like Maine Lobster Bisque. Other tasty dishes include Yellowfin Tuna, Stone Crab Claws, Alaskan Halibut, and Caviar.

Lobster, oysters and shrimp in a seafood tower
New England seafood tower at Mastros Ocean Club Las Vegas

Mastro’s Ocean Club – the Las Vegas version of this seafood restaurant can be found in the posh shopping mall located in the CityCenter Complex. The restaurant is situated within a curvy two-story structure that is known as “The Treehouse”. Some of its signature dishes include the Butter Cake and the iced Seafood Tower. Patrons looking for traditional seafood dishes will also find Alaskan King Crab, Broiled Live Main Lobster, Salmon, Halibut, and Tuna.

 

 

 

 

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Try This Tuscan Style Grilled Lobster Recipe for Father’s Day

Everyone who has ever been to Tuscany has fallen in love with its history, charm, and, of course, its FOOD!  Italian Tuscan style recipes have made their way all over — even to Cape Cod — so try this Tuscan Style grilled lobster recipe just in time for Father’s Day 2014.

Visitors to Italy often learn that the Italian food they eat there often does not look, or taste, the same as it does back home.  But the regional distinctions and flavors of Italy often translate very well to dishes prepared using our wonderful New England seafood.  From a Boston fine dining Ristorante to a seacoast resort, New Englanders love their seafood prepared with the flavors of Italy.

We are fortunate to have Chef Dan from the Lobster Trap Restaurant in Bourne, Mass share his recipe for Tuscan Style grilled whole lobster.  This Italian style dish has been given just the right Cape Cod touch.  Be sure to start with fresh, live hard-shell whole lobster.  Preparing whole live lobster for the grill can be a bit intimidating for first timers, but trust us, the results are worth it.  So go ahead and try Chef Dan’s Tuscan Style grilled lobster recipe.  And enjoy!.

Tuscan Style Grilled Lobster Recipe for Father’s Day

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Serve a Super Bowl 2014 Boiled Lobster Dinner

Turn your 2014 Super Bowl super celebration into a seafood feast. Yes, we are talking about lobster; lots of fresh, great tasting Maine lobster for a Super Bowl lobster dinner. And lobster is easy to prepare with this simple boiled lobster recipe.

Saturday delivery of live lobster is now available in most parts of the country. So even if you are sitting out there in Seattle or San Francisco, you can still be part of the lead up.  Order the lobster online and have them delivered right to your house.  Live Maine lobster can now be part of Super Bowl celebrations all across the country.

Easy to Prepare 

Keep it simple with a traditional boiled lobster recipe.  Boiled Maine lobster is easy to prepare, fun to serve and will be a big hit with the guests.   

A steamed hard shell lobster with antenae
A tug on steamed lobster antennae can help tell chefs the lobster is ready

This year Lobsters-Online is offering the New England eight-lobster special.  When the lobster arrives on Saturday, you may keep them overnight by adding some wet newspapers and frozen gel packs to the carton. Don’t take them out of the carton to play with.    It is important they stay cool and moist until ready to cook.  If it’s below freezing outside, don’t leave the lobster in the box outside either.

When ready to prepare, just follow the directions for traditional boiled lobster:

Ingredients: 

  • 8 1 ¼  pound live lobsters
  • Sea Salt
  • Two gallons water
  • Two pounds melted butter
  • Two fresh whole lemons

Directions:

  1. Add water to large pot or kettle and bring to a roiling boil
  2. Add four table spoons sea salt
  3. Place live lobsters head first into pot and cover
  4. Stir lobster occasionally to move bottom lobsters to top so the lobsters will cook evenly
  5. Cook for 12 to 13 minutes until bright red (do not over cook as meat will toughen).  Give the antenna on one of the lobsters a yank.  If it pulls off easily, the lobsters are done.
  6. When cooked properly the lobster meat will have turned from translucent to  white
  7. Remove the cooked lobster and allow to drain for one minute.
  8. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges on the side

Eating the lobster begins by twisting off the claws and the tail and cracking the shell to get at the meat.  Providing your guests with traditional lobster bib kits makes the job easy; the kits come with handy eating instructions.

Enjoy the game!

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2012 Maine Lobster Season Sets 123 million Pound Record

Boston – January 10, 2013 — Maine Lobster landings for 2012 saw a record 123 million pounds of lobsters caught, an astonishing figure that is more than 450% higher than just 20 years ago and further evidence of unparalleled growth for the industry. The value of the catch has gone from $72 million in 1992 to more than $331 million in 2012.

According to experts, no other fisheries segment has seen such growth during the last two decades. These figures suggest two conclusions: One, that the appetite among seafood lovers for Maine lobster has grown quickly, and two; that sustainable fishing practices have worked to keep the industry healthy.

Maine lobster boat leaves dock
Leaving the Dock in Steuben, ME

The challenge facing the industry is that the 2012 average lobster boat price – the price paid to fishermen for lobster at the dock — is the same as it was 20 years ago. Meanwhile the price of diesel fuel has tripled along with big increases in the cost of bait and boat repairs, creating financial stress for boat owners. In 2012 there were 4,345 active commercial lobster harvesters.

Jon Carter, a Bar Harbor fisherman, told the Bangor Daily News that the volume of his catch went up last year but he still had a hard time covering his expenses. For example, bait cost about $25 per bushel in the Mount Desert Island area this past fishing season. Carter said that price is “probably 10 times higher” than the per-bushel price he paid in 1994.

The record 2012 catch began early following a mild winter and warm spring. Experts believe the unusually warm ocean waters produced early gluts of lobster that dealers and processors were unable to absorb.  The early catch was weighted towards shedders, or soft shell lobster.  The price for soft shell lobster plummeted while the price for hard shell lobster did not.  Only hard shell lobster can be shipped long distances as the new shell lobsters are too delicate to survive out of water for more than a few hours. Local prices for soft shell lobster dropped while at some point, the demand for hard shell lobster drove hard shell prices up.

Last year’s harvest, while record setting in volume, has the experts worried.

As of January 3, 2013, reports to the Maine Department of Marine Resources indicate more than 123 million pounds of lobsters have been caught in 2012, an increase of approximately 18 million pounds over 2011.

“This unprecedented preliminary landings report provides us with both an opportunity and a challenge,” said Commissioner Patrick Keliher. “We need to look closely at this abundant resource and address the challenges presented when supply exceeds demand, as it did this past year, resulting in a decreased overall value which affects the entire industry. To put this into perspective, in 2005, the industry landed 70 million pounds for $320 million.

While the lobster fishery has experienced unparalleled growth in landings, the total value is almost $331 million, a decrease of $3.7 million compared to 2011.

“We will be seeking input into the development of management measures that respond to abundant supply and its adverse impact statewide on boat price, particularly in the summer months,” added the Commissioner. “These issues are a big part of the dialogue I will be having with industry over the next month during a series of public meetings.”

The 2011 lobster landings of 104,887,598 pounds with a value of $334,690,345 were at the time the highest lobster landings and value ever recorded since DMR and National Marine Fisheries Service began keeping records. At that time, the pounds and value increased from 2010 levels by more than 8.6 million pounds and $15.7 million. For reference, 2010 landings were 96,208,807 pounds with a value of $318,891,777.

In January 2008, DMR began collecting detailed trip level records from dealers. According to the information reported to date, there were 4,345 active commercial lobster harvesters out of the 5,961 commercial license holders in 2011.

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Traditional Gourmet Lobster Fare a Popular Maritime Heritage

Traditional gourmet lobster fare based on popular recipes gathered from towns all along coastal Maine are proving very popular with Lobsters-Online customers this Christmas season.  Many of the prepared dishes are  filled with naturally sweet Maine lobster meat, the most preferred lobster meat in the world.  From the contemporary Lobster Ravioli to the traditional lobster bisque, every ingredient in the dish is picked for its quality and ability to complement the succulent taste of Maine lobster.

lobster ravioli plate
Gourmet Lobster Ravioli

All this means that cuisine that once could only be enjoyed in coastal New England is now available for dinner tables everywhere in the country.

And for gift giving, nothing says “Made in America”  more than the locally prepared gourmet dishes made with same pride of tradition found in generations of Maine lobster fishermen. By purchasing these dishes, people are supporting an entire community’s maritime heritage.

Some of the most popular this December holiday season include these fine seafood meals: