Boston Lobster Fra Diavolo Recipe Sets the Standard

Lobster Fra Diavolo, the dish by which all other seafood dishes are judged!  Be forewarned, preparing this seafood feast it not for the feint of heart. But the wonderful culinary rewards are worth it.

To introduce our dish, you should know that “Diavolo” is Italian for devil.  As a culinary term it is used to describe a tomato based sauce that is liberally spiced, with “Fra Diavolo” the Italian term for brother devil: a spicy sauce prepared with linguine and fresh seafood.

Boston Lobster Fra Diavolo with clams and mussels
A Boston Favorite: Fra Diavolo with Lobster, Clams and Mussels

Our dish calls for preparing a homemade lobster stock made from fresh Maine Lobster. A favorite of Boston’s North End, the Boston Lobster Fra Diavolo recipe will feature lobster, clams and mussels and take four and one-half (4 ½) hours to prepare both the homemade lobster stock and the sauce. The recipe will serve four to six people.

The first step is to prepare the lobster stock.  This begins by blanching the live lobsters, cracking the claws and tails and removing the meat.  Set the lobster meat aside. Please see the directions for the lobster stock preparation below.

Ingredients

Boston Style Lobster Fra Diavolo: 

  • 3 fresh, hard-shell Maine lobsters, 1 ¼ pound each, blanched with meat from the claws and tails removed to add to sauce
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 12 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 16  mussels, de-bearded and scrubbed
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾  cup small diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup lobster stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Fresh basil leaves, to garnish
  • ¼ cup crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 3 cups canned tomato sauce

Directions Boston Lobster Fra Diavolo:

Bring 1-gallon of salted water in large pot to a boil and add the pasta to the pot. Partially cook for 5 minutes, drain and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.  While cooking the pasta, place a 14-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions to the pan and cook until caramelized, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes and sauté about 30 seconds.  Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook the ingredients until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

Add the clams to the pan, cover and cook about three minutes.  Add the mussels to the pan, cover and cook about three minutes. Add the lobster to the pan and cook for two minutes. Add the parsley to the pan. Add the partially cooked pasta to the pan.  Add 1 ½ cup of the lobster stock and continue to cook. Toss the pasta in the sauce until al dente, about four to five minutes. Season the pasta with the salt and toss again.  Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

Ingredients

Lobster Stock: 

  • Par boil lobster for five minutes, cool and remove meat from claws and tails
  • Add lobster body, cracked claw and tail shells
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 celery ribs, cut in quarters
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped coarsely
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 1 small  head garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions Lobster Stock

Heat vegetable oil in large stock pot. Add the empty lobster claw and tail shells and stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, tomatoes and thyme. Cut the fennel and garlic bulbs in half and add to the pot. Cover ingredients with two inches of water. Bring pot to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until mixture is reduced by half (about 4 hours). Add salt and black pepper to season. Strain stock and set liquid aside.

Wine Selection

The recipe screams to be served with a sparkling Rose Champagne or a light, traditional Chianti.

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Day Boat Sea Scallops a Cape Cod Seafood Treasure

 

This time of July the Cape Cod “Day Boat” fishermen are arriving back in port each day carrying their precious catch of seafood treasure:  the tender, sweet Cape sea scallop.  All summer these small commercial vessels – or Day Boats – harvest from Cape Cod and Nantucket Bay the precious Cape sea scallop that locals love.
Chef’s all over New England prize the delicate, Cape sea scallop for its exceptional delicious flavor and plumpness.  The day boat scallops are a true renowned delicacy.  No where else in the world can these clean, sweet, succulent scallops be found.
From June or July through early Fall the day boats will harvest the wild-caught scallops from the pristine Cape Cod and Nantucket bay waters and sell them straight to local buyers where the scallops are processed and sent out to fine restaurants and seafood retailers. As popular as Maine Lobster this time of year, the scallops are so prized by locals, that most Cape sea scallops never get the chance to leave New England Cape Cod and Boston restaurants have a long standing tradition of offering freshly caught Cape sea scallops. 

Provincetown Cape Sea Scallops. Source WorldtoTable.com

So what is the solution for those seafood lovers that can’t get to Cape Cod this summer?
  
Thanks to a Cape Cod online delivery service – Lobsters-Online.Com  fresh day boat Cape scallops can now be ordered and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.
The Lobsters-Online.Com fulfillment facility — located in Bourne, Massachusetts on Cape Cod — processes the day boat scallops by hand.
“Our sea scallops are true “day boats” sourced daily from Provincetown Harbor on Cape Cod,” said Dan Brandt, the Lobster Trap Company domestic seafood buying manager.  “The scallops are all natural, shipped dry and chemical free. They are hand shucked and shipped within 24 hours.  Our scallops are never processed, treated, or frozen ensuring they are as fresh as if you caught them yourself!”
These sea scallops are so flavorful on their own that local chefs will tell you that if you add more than two ingredients to your recipe, “it’s too much.”  Cape scallops can be baked, broiled, sautéed or fried.  Many folks simply use a hot pan with a bit of butter. Just pat the scallops dry and drop them in a hot pan and let them sizzle for a minute. (Careful: the scallops cook really fast.) 
Indeed, the day boat scallops are so highly prized by locals that they are celebrated each September at the Bourne Scallop Fest on Cape Cod.   This year’s event begins Sept. 20, 2013 and will be held at the Buzzards Bay Park in Buzzards Bay, MA. More than 55,000 people are expected to partake in sea scallop dinners, raw bars, craft shows and non stop music.  Among the headliners, on Saturday night are Entrain, the the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based band of a million years.
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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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Steaming or boiling lobster. Which is best?

Steaming or boiling lobster?  That is the question.

With the great anticipation of the return of the outdoor cooking (bye bye winter),  lobster chef’s everywhere will soon be back to pondering the same old question.
Whether “tis better to boil or steam a live lobster.  What’s the best lobster recipe?
Two pound steamed Maine lobsters on a plate
Two Pound Steamed Maine Lobsters
 Boiling a Maine lobster is the easiest way to cook and serve a whole lobster and a boiled lobster is easier to pick clean. When you have that large picnic or party and the kettle is kept full all day with lobster, boiling is just so much easier.  But steaming a lobster often yields the best results for eating.
steamer kettle for lobster and clams
Traditional kettle for steaming clams
Here’s why:  steaming is a more gentle process of cooking the meat and it preserves more flavor and tenderness. Steaming a lobster is also more forgiving on the chef since it is harder to overcook a lobster in a steam pot.  For true lobster lovers, steaming is the way to go.
So let’s get started.
First step is to order some freshly caught, hard shell Maine lobster.  Hard shells are recommended as the lobsters are usually stronger and healthier and the hard shell lobster will have the most meat. 
Then choose a big four to five-gallon kettle or pot with a tight lid.  This size pot should be able to easily handle up to eight pounds of lobster.  Remember, don’t crowd the lobster into the pot or you will get uneven results.  It is best to have the right size pot.
Add two to three inches of sea water to the cover the bottom of the pot.  If you don’t have access to the Atlantic Ocean, don’t worry.  Use filtered fresh water and add lots of sea salt:  one to two tablespoons per quart.
Place a steaming rack inside the pot and use high heat to bring the water to a rolling boil.  If you wish, you may remove the rubber lobster claw bands.  Place the live lobster one at a time and head first into the pot and cover.  Start timing the lobster and do not overcook.
Hard Shell  Weight*
Steam:
1 pound
8-10 minutes
1-1/4 pounds
10-12 minutes
1-1/2 pounds
12-14 minutes
1-3/4 pounds
15-17 minutes
2 pounds
16-18  minutes
2-1/2 pounds
18-20 minutes
3 pounds
20-30 minutes
5 pounds
35-45 (or more) minutes

*Reduce time by 3 minutes for soft shell lobster.
Half way through the allotted cook time, open the lid and move the lobster around in the pot.  It is important to shift the lobster so they all cook evenly.  If necessary, you may add a little more water but no more salt is required.
The most important step for all lobster chefs is determining when the lobsters are done.  The first rule, do not to overcook the lobster.  A lobster shell will be bright red when fully cooked and the meat white. 
So what’s the best way to tell when the lobsters are done?
Care must be taken with large lobster as they will be red but they may not be fully cooked.  And a lobster in the top of the pot may not have cooked as fast as one at the bottom.
One popular practice is to give one of the lobster antennae a good pull while the lobster is still in the steamer pot.    If the antenna pops off, it is a good sign the lobster is done.  Another step is to use tongs to remove one lobster and cut a small slice at the bottom of the tail.  If the meat is fully changed form translucent to white, it’s done.  Note: The lobster will continue to cook for a minute even after it’s taken out of the pot, so again, do not overcook.
Allow steamed lobster to drain for a minute. You may pierce the body and tail with a knife to help drain the water.  Then serve the lobster right away with a side of melted butter and a slice of lemon.   To make eating fun and easy, serve with lobster bib and steel cracker accessory kits.

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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Original Lobster Dish Recipe Wanted

 

Calling all chefs — It’s that time of year to put your best original lobster dish recipe down on paper.  The Maine Lobster Council announced today that it is now accepting submissions for its Annual Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Competition.
The Lobster Chef Competition is a roll-up-your-sleeves cook-off that is part of the Harvest on the Harbor Festival celebrated in Portland, Maine in late October.  When you add “bold and innovative” to “fresh and local,” you’ve described the spirit of the event, according to festival organizers.  All recipes must be original and include Maine Lobster.  And based on past submissions, these folks do not fool around. 
A quick reading of past recipes is enough to bring both cooks and seafood lovers to their feet with a cheer. 

2010 Winner Lobster Tail Arugula  (Source: Maine Lobster Council)
The 2010 winning recipe was Herb Grilled Maine Lobster Tail on Arugula with Chive Ricotta Gnocchi &Corn Milk.   The recipe was from Chef Kelly Patrick Farrin from the Azure Café in Freeport, Maine.  At Azure, Chef Farrin boasts creative Italian cuisine using fresh Maine Lobster and other local ingredients.  Farrin was educated at the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Essex, Vermont.
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2011, and must include a written original recipe and photo of the dish.  Judges will select the finalists and there will be a $1,000 prize to the winner of the cook-off.
The Maine Lobster Council promotes the cook-off as part of the larger event sponsored by the Portland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The finalists will compete for the title before an audience of 200 lobster enthusiasts, journalists and industry representatives.  The audience will watch each of the chefs demonstrate their recipes, taste a sample of each and will vote for their favorite.
Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the three day event.  But if you are not planning on being in Maine for the festival, well perhaps a little of Maine can come to you to help out you out with your own favorite lobster recipe.
“No matter where the cook calls home, fresh Maine lobster is the key ingredient to all winning lobster recipes,” said Wayne Howe, manager of the LobsterOnline web site.  “Since 1997 we have been providing chefs of all types, from Boston to Hawaii, with live lobster and New England seafood.  From our docks and facilities in Maine and Cape Cod, we can ship to chefs everywhere.”
“Simply order today by 2:30 p.m. and live lobster can be at your door the next day,” Howe said.  “That will help to make all chefs winners.”

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