Finally, April is here. The time of year when many of our favorite waterfront clam and lobster shacks begin to open again for the season … and the famous New England lobster roll recipe is again on the menu. There is nothing that says sunshine and sea as the taste of a specially prepared, fresh lobster roll on a toasted New England bun.
Cape Cod, Ipswich, Massachusetts and the Maine seacoast are world famous for the lobster roll made with freshly caught lobster. The lobster meat, cooked to sweet perfection, is served overflowing a top loading bun. Add a side of chips, a cold beer and a sunny table, and you’re there. The recipe may vary a bit from town to town but it always begins with freshly caught lobster.
|A lobster roll from the Clam Box, Ipswich, MA|
This longing for the opening of lobster-shack season was made all the more interesting when recently it was learned that Chuck Hughes, owner of the Garde-Manger Restaurant in Montreal, was named Food TV Iron Chef of America, in part because of his preparation of a good old Maine lobster roll. That’s right. The judges went crazy for his lobster roll!
For those of you who share our passion for the lobster roll but can’t go to Maine or Cape Cod, we decided to share Chef Hughes winning lobster roll recipe. We have only few hints to add.
The lobster must be fresh and healthy, so only order from a reputable lobster online dealer. Ask for a couple of females so that you can collect the lobster roe to make lobster butter. Boil the lobster in a large pot of salted water and take care not to over cook. Overcooking will make the meat tough. When opening the cooked lobster, cut the meat into large chunks. And finally, make sure to pick a quality, top-loading bun.
Remember, it’s all about the lobster!
Here is Chef Hughes recipe, adapted from his cookbook Garde-Manger:
For an added Iron Chef twist, feel free to add a smidgen of chopped dill.
4 lobsters, weighing about 1 1/2 pounds (675 grams) each
2 tablespoons (30 mL) best-quality mayonnaise
2 scallions, cleaned and finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 hotdog buns
Lobster butter (recipe follows)
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the lobsters for 6 minutes, and then plunge them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
Shell the lobsters and cut the flesh into large pieces. Combine the lobster with the mayonnaise and green onions. Season the mix to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
When serving: Butter the buns with the lobster butter, and toast them in a fry pan until golden. Divide the lobster mix among the four buns and serve immediately.
Makes 1 pound (450 grams)
Lobster butter keeps refrigerated for one month, or can be frozen for up to three.
1 pound (450 grams) unsalted butter, softened
Roe from one female lobster
In a large fry pan, melt the butter and whisk in the (roe) eggs. The butter will be red. Pour into a container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Feb. 25, 2013 — Lobsters-Online starts the New Year with a deep breath as the prior Christmas and New Year holiday period is our busiest time of the year for shipping live lobster. During the six-week holiday period folks from all over the country use the lobster shipping service to order New England seafood for their dinner celebrations. From Michigan to Florida, Georgia to California, the orders were shipped to families in every state in the country.
Just wanted to send a note of appreciation as we close out 2011 with another great lobster, shellfish, seafood dinner. — Don P., Parker Colorado
Many Lobsters-Online customers are what we affectionately term ex-patriots, or more narrowly, former residents of New England. And while they have left the Northeast and have ended up living in various places, all these people have one thing in common. They miss their Maine lobster, shellfish and other New England seafood treats.
Lobsters-Online always enjoys when we hear back from our former New England natives. Today seemed like a good time to share a few of their much appreciated comments:
“I recently ordered two 5 lb lobsters for my husbands 65th birthday. I have to tell you that he was very surprised and they were absolutely excellent. We are both from Connecticut and now live in Florida. Floridians have no idea what real lobster is until they try Maine lobster. You gave us not only a wonderful meal but brought back memories of New England. I have put your name on Facebook to all my friends so you will be getting more orders. Thank you so much. And Happy New Year.” – Maxine D,Spring Hill Florida.
“Just wanted to send a note of appreciation as we close out another great
lobster, shellfish, seafood dinner. This is either our third or fourth order in just
this past year and your products and services are consistently excellent. My
wife is a native New England “coastie” and these meals go a long way toward keeping
the beatings (on me) to a minimum for my dragging her to Colorado. Have a great New Year.” – Don P., Colorado
“Just a note to thank you again for taking such great care with my order this past Christmas season. I have been sending a gift to my parents for several years from your company. However, this year they were absolutely thrilled as I sent them live lobster, and your New England lobster chowder. Thank you for taking such good care … start to finish. It is so nice to know that you continue to do an incredible job.” – Steve L., Tampa Bay, Florida
“This is our third year ordering from your service. This year we ordered the jumbo lobster tails for Christmas Eve dinner along with your chowders. The tails were big, fresh and delicious. We baked and stuffed them with crab following my mother’s recipe. She is from Maine, and knows good lobster when she sees it. A good time was had by all. Thank you again for your service.” – Annette P., Punta Gorda, Florida.
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Off season, winter keeps the lobster boats close to home, and only the biggest lobster suppliers can be prepared to make sure there is plenty of lobster available all winter. The Lobster Trap Company works hard year round to continue to be able to supply ocean fresh lobster to customers.What does all that snow mean for lobster lovers?They do this by building natural environment environment salt water lobster pounds that can hold millions of pounds of fresh lobster. This keeps the lobster strong and healthy until they are ready to make their trip to the folks.“We filled our Maine and Canadian pounds with enough lobster to keep filling the FEDEX planes thru the rain, sleet and snow of this year’s terrible winter, just to make sure our customers stay full – and get their fill — of their favorite crustaceans!” Said Dave Madden, Lobster Trap Company vice president of sales.Lobster Trap operates four lobster pounds located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of live lobster. The company also operates storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds. All this means great lobster eating year round, even when the fishing season ends.
So while the snow may be falling, the lobster keeps flying.