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.
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.
Down home American comfort food – fresh Maine Lobster and macaroni – combined to create a high-class dish that is bursting with flavor and a winter lobster dish favorite. Follow this recipe to make a glorious Lobster Mac & Cheese Casserole that will have your family and guests swooning.
The lobster mac and cheese dish starts with a selection of four of your favorite cheeses, Campanelle pasta and a hard-shell, two pound or larger, live Maine Lobster.
Begin by poaching the lobster. Add two to three quarts of water and two tablespoons of sea salt to a kettle or large pot. Bring the water to a roiling boil, add the lobster, reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for three to five minutes until the meat is just firm and opaque. Remove the lobster and let drain. Save the water in the pot. Using a chef’s knife, open the tails and claws and remove the lobster meat. Cut into bite size chunks. Save the claw and tail shells. Set the poached lobster meat aside.
Using the same water and pot, bring water to a boil again and stir in the macaroni. Add lobster claw shells and save the tail shell. Reduce heat to medium and cook the pasta uncovered about six to eight minutes (half the time specified on the box). You want to undercook the pasta otherwise it will be mushy after baking. Drain the pasta in the sink, rinse in cool water and set aside.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
The next step is the sauce. Melt two tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan over low to medium heat. Add in diced onion and cook until onion is translucent, about four minutes. Scoop the onions from the pan and set aside. Add the saved lobster tail shell; add the minced garlic, chopped shallot and light cream (or milk) to the sauce pan. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Scrape the garlic, onions and shallots from the pan and set aside. Remove and discard the lobster tail shell. Add in three more tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour and whisk until thickened.
Stir in all four kinds of shredded cheese to the thickened cream sauce. Heat until the cheeses are melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the macaroni and lobster chunks and toss. Stir in the onions, garlic and shallots.
Add heated macaroni mixture to a four quart casserole and smooth the cheese across the top. Sprinkle with panko (or buttered) bread crumbs. Bake in oven until the top is golden brown and the sauce is bubbly, about 12 to 15 minutes.
1 (1 pound) campanelle pasta or other tubed macaroni
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.
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)
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.
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*
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.
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!.
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.”