When people think about what to cook during the summer, common meals tend to be along the lines of hamburgers and hot dogs. Pairing those with a homemade pasta salad and corn on the cob can be delicious, but it can also get old fast. There are lots of barbecues to get your fill of summer food, so when you come home, reaching into the freezer for ground beef will be the last thing you’ll want to do.
A great food to have during the summer to break up the monotony of burgers and fries is lobster, which most people don’t think about. Lobster can be cooked in a variety of ways for any occasion. The key is to keep your lobster fresh, and the best starting point is to buy from Maine. Maine lobsters are consistently the freshest lobsters available to individuals and businesses alike, guaranteeing you a delicious meal no matter how you cook them.
After getting your fresh catch, you’ll need to preserve it correctly. In an ideal situation, any lobster that’s bought should be cooked the same day. If you’re planning ahead for your lobster meal, you’ll only be able to keep your meat fresh overnight by packing it in a cardboard box on top of damp newspaper or seaweed. Lobsters need to be kept moist and as cold as possible.
If you’re going to be cooking for a large group of people or just want to go above and beyond in your meal prepping, you can buy a tank and keep your lobster in salt water. Make sure to know about the quality and conditions they’ll need to keep them fresh.
Once you’ve killed your lobster — for those who are new, you can do this by cutting off its head, boiling or steaming it — you can get on to cooking, and eventually, eating!
10 Delicious Lobster Recipes
Once you’re ready to go with your lobster, here are some recipes that will be the highlight of your summer soiree:
Boiled lobster is the best recipe to start with if you’ve never cooked lobster before. It’s also ideal for anyone on a budget.
Estimate that each person will eat their own lobster, then boil them in salted water for 12-20 minutes, depending on what size they are. Provide butter and salt for dipping, and you’re set!
Lobster rolls are great for a fresh, summer meal, and they’re especially ideal if you happen to have leftover hot dog buns to use up.
Boil your lobsters, cut up the meat and toast your hot dog buns. Throw in some extra ingredients, and you’ve got a delicious, filling alternative to more barbecue.
Maybe you want to change up your diet without losing your grill. With lobsters, you don’t have to!
Get fresh lobster tails (one for each person you’ll be serving) and grill after you’ve sliced them in half and seasoned them. They’ll go great alongside potato salad or macaroni and cheese.
If you’re looking for a meal that has as much color as it has flavor, try this lobster salad. It’s bursting with sweet buttery flavors that will melt in your mouth — without ruining your diet.
Many popular recipes on the internet nowadays feature items cooked in foil, and thankfully, there’s a way to do that with lobster, too.
Get as many tails as you’d like and adjust your cook time based on how many ounces you’re making. You’ll only be a few minutes away from a steaming hot meal.
In coastal communities, clam bakes are the most popular dish of any party. They can be served alongside whole lobsters, but this clam bake recipe calls for the lobster to be cooked within the bake itself.
No need to calculate how much each person will need to eat — this recipe does that for you.
7. Lobster BLTs
When it’s your turn to bring something to the party, bring something that looks fancy but is easy to make, like lobster BLTs.
You’ll cook the lobster, fry the bacon and make the mayo yourself. People will be begging for the recipe!
Everything about this homemade lobster mac and cheese will never let you look at store bought the same way again.
It’ll have your kitchen smelling great and provide a perfect comfort food when you unwind from a long day by the pool.
If you’re going to get into cooking your own lobster, you have to try it with the Cajun flavor that makes taste buds go wild.
What better way to try a fan favorite flavoring than over your choice of pasta? The leftovers will be perfect for a workday lunchtime pick-me-up.
10. Lobster Cakes
Seafood is eaten in a variety of cultures, especially in Thailand. That’s why this recipe for lobster cakes with Thai dipping sauce will easily make the top of your favorite recipes list.
Add in some rice and broccoli, and you’ll never need to order takeout again.