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Tips on Cooking Fresh Lobsters
Growing up in the Bahamas i was exposed to seafood everyday of my life. There were seasonal foods from the ocean and Lobster is one of those. Bahamian lobsters are known as spiny lobsters and are found in the clean, clear waters of the Bahamas in crevices of rocks off the coral reefs.
The meat is succulent and these spiny versions of lobster are typically spotted and bright in color and delicious.
These lobsters are known to be socially inclined traveling en masse together over the ocean floor, usually at night. Venturing out to find food like snails and crab. When wandering the ocean floor at night they stay connected to one another through the touching of their antennaes.
The season for catching or trapping spiny lobster in Bahamian waters are closely observed. From August 1st to March 31st they can be trapped, and caught in a variety of ways. To participate in harvesting lobster you must carry a valid fishing license.
There are also rules that must be observed like daily limits on how many you capture and the size of the lobster that you can keep or throw back. You must free dive or use snorkle gear when you are going for lobster in the Bahamas or suffer legal consequences.
Trapping is the way that Bahamian fisherman get and harvest lobster during the season. They build traps of tin and other materials, making artificial shelters that attract lobsters along the reef. They are usually held in place by something heavy like cement blocks, so they are not moved by the current and are marked by floating plastic milk jugs.
Recipes using Bahamian lobster
- Bahamian Lobster and Bacon Ragout Recipe - CHOW
- Bahamian Lobster Recipe - Lobster Recipe
Bahamian Lobster Recipe: A Caribbean lobster recipe
- Spice Rubbed Bahamian Lobster Tail with Red Chile-Coconut Sauce Recipe : Bobby Flay : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Spice Rubbed Bahamian Lobster Tail with Red Chile-Coconut Sauce recipe from Bobby Flay.
Living in the United States it is easier for me to purchase and get Maine lobsters. They are readily available in the grocery store. Although they are distantly related to the salt water Bahamian spiny lobster, Maine lobsters are very different.
For one they prefer fresh cold clean water . These lobsters are usually greyish in color when they are fresh, they have claws and their shell or skeleton is smooth.
Lobsters in Maine are harvested all year round, but typically most are caught from late June to late December. Which is if you notice coincides with it's ready availability in seafood restaurants and the grocery stores. The harvesters can be a captain only or a captain with one or two assistants.
The best in American lobsters are found in Maine and are harvested year round, mostly between late June and late December. The coastal towns thrive.
Maine lobster recipes
- Boiled Maine Lobster Recipe - Food.com - 25035
Move over Martha Stewart. simple is better. Let the natural flavor of the lobster come through and watch your guests' eyes glaze over.
- Boiled Maine Lobster Recipe : Tyler Florence : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Boiled Maine Lobster recipe from Tyler Florence.
- Worlds Largest Collection of Lobster Recipes - Lobsterfrommaine.com
The official website of the Maine Lobster Council - Find Lobsters, recipes, cooking tips and more. The Maine Lobster Promotion Council (MLPC) markets and promotes the sale of Maine lobster in local, regional, national and world markets year-round. Th
Cooking whole live lobster
Cooking lobster is as simple as boiling water!
You will need a large pot.
Strainer and serving platter
Live lobsters, leave rubber bands on.
What to do:
1. Fill the pot more than half almost 3/4 full of water. Add salt, optional
2. Allow the water to come to a rolling boil.
3. Then add lobster, claws first, allow to boil until it becomes pink or red about 6 to 8 minutes depending on size.
4. Remove with tongs, placing in a cold bath to stop cooking or in a serving dish to serve.
Cooking fresh lobster tails
To me this is a little different than just plopping the lobster in the pot and boiling it.
Large saucepan with a lid, a glass top is ideal so that you can see when the tail changes color.
What to do:
1. Fill saucepan halfway with water
2. Bring to a rolling boil.
3. Add salt and butter.
4. Add lobster tails to pan
5. Reduce heat to medium, still really hot but not too much excessive bubbling
6. Cover with lid, watch for changing of color about 5 to 7 minutes. You are looking for the shell to be pink or red.
7. Remove the lobster from the water and serve.