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Live Maine Lobster, How To Cook Them And How To Serve Them.
How To Cook Live Maine Lobster
You will want to purchase a one and a half pound lobster for each person you plan to serve lobster to. You will find live Maine lobster being sold in most of your larger supermarkets and seafood markets. Now while it may seem cruel to you cooking a lobster live is the best way to insure you have both a tender and a fresh lobster. And I would strongly suggest purchasing your lobsters as close to the time you plan to cook them as possible.
The lobsters you pick out of that supermarket tank should be active and moving around. If not don't make a live Maine lobster purchase that day. Even if you have to drive a little further your usually better off to purchase your lobsters from an established seafood shop.
You can in some parts of the United States purchase a whole frozen lobster. I buy one every now and then and they actually are a lot better now than they used to be. I sometimes use the meat from a frozen lobster in a Gumbo and I use the shell of the lobster in making a fish stock for my Gumbo.
But usually if I can't buy a fresh live lobster I'll instead buy lobster tails from the freezer section of the stores seafood section. Be sure though that the lobster tails your buying are not freezer burned and check that they have not reached the expiration date. If you purchase good quality lobster tails you should still be able to enjoy some tasty lobster.
How To Boil A Live Maine Lobster
How To Cook Live Maine Lobster
1. You want to use a pot large enough so that when it is 2/3 full of water that it will cover your lobster. And you want to add 1 teaspoon of ground sea salt per quart of water. Bring your pot to a fast boil and now your ready to drop the lobsters in.
2. You want to drop your live Maine lobster into the pot claws first. You want to cook your lobster 5 minutes for each pound of lobster or until all the lobsters have turned bright red.
3. Now you want to turn off the pot and remove the lobsters from the hot water with tongs as fast as possible. Serve your lobster as soon as possible so that it does not turn tough. Serve your lobster with plenty of melted butter with garlic in it. I can never get enough delicious lobster cooked this way. How about you.
How About A Lobster Tail Or Two
If you can't purchase live Maine lobster in your area consider serving lobster tails. Grilled , baked or broiled lobster tails can be oh so tasty and delicious. I myself like my lobster tails grilled. While they are grilling I paint them with butter and powdered garlic. I then serve them with small cups of garlic butter and people just love them. Try them and I bet you'll love them to.
But you can cook your lobster tails however you choose and if you cook them just right they will be almost as good as a live Maine lobster.
The lobster tail is the tastiest part of the lobster and that's where most of the meat comes from. But let me warn you to plan ahead and let your lobster tails thaw out in the refrigerator before you cook your lobster tails. Lobster tails do not belong in the microwave.
You need a sharp pair of kitchen scissors to work with your lobster tails. Split the shells open all the way up the back of the shell before you cook your lobster tails. When you season your lobster tails stick to real butter , tarragon , salt , and pepper. And don't over season as you want you and your guests to enjoy the sweet taste of the lobster meat. You want to be sure not to overcook them or they will be tough and chewy.