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Foolproof: Steamed Lobster

2 Aug

Summertime means lobster time! And while you can pay a pretty penny for a whole steamed lobster at a restaurant, you can cook them cheaply at home.  Steaming lobster is so easy, it’s almost impossible to mess up.

IMG_7744You don’t need a fancy lobster pot with a spigot. Just get a pot large enough to hold your lobsters without crowding them. I place a stainless steel steamer rack stand at the bottom of my pot, so that the lobsters sit above the water while they steam.

Steaming Lobster 101

  1. Add 1-2 inches of salted water to the pot. Ensure that the water level remains below the steamer rack stand.
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat.
  3. Put the lobsters in, one at a time. Cover the pot and start your timer. The times below correspond to the weight of individual lobsters, not the total weight of all lobsters in the pot. I got these times from http://www.lobsterfrommaine.com, which is a great resource with information on selecting, storing, cooking, and eating lobster.
If the lobster weighs: Steam:
1 pound 10 minutes
1-1/4 pounds 12 minutes
1-1/2 pounds 14 minutes
1-3/4 pounds 16 minutes
2 pounds 18 minutes
2-1/2 pounds 22 minutes
3 pounds 25-30 minutes
5 pounds 40-45 minutes

I usually buy lobsters that weigh between 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 pounds and steaming them according to the chart above has always produced perfect results. 

The lobsters are fully cooked when their entire shells are bright red, with no blackish areas.


New England Lobster Rolls

23 Sep

If you’re on the hunt for lobster rolls, you’ll find plenty of “Top 10” lists raving about what’s best. Quite frankly, all the rolls I’ve tried taste pretty much the same. It’s just lobster meat tossed in a little bit of mayo, served in a hot dog bun cut a little funny. The only difference is how much lobster is packed into that bun, and how much it will lighten your wallet.

Surprisingly, one of the better deals I’ve found is the roll from the Lobsta Love Truck – pictured below on Moody Street in Waltham, but I’ve also visited it near Harvard University, Cambridge, and downtown Boston on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. At $15, it’s packed with large chunks of lobster meat.

Barnacle Billy’s (Ogunquit, ME) serves slightly smaller lobster rolls for a whopping $18, but you get to chow down right in the heart of touristy Perkins Cove. Their ice cream is probably a better deal – those servings are very generous.

At the Lobster Shack at Two Lights (Cape Elizabeth, ME), I was rather disappointed to see such a sad, small, portion of lobster on the lobster salad. And, the paltry crab roll certainly made Lobsta Love’s roll look that much more generous:

But you don’t go to this particular lobster shack looking for great value. You go for the view of Maine’s beautiful rocky coast. And that is how you find a great lobster roll – one that comes with unique dining experience.

Good Value: Dolphin Seafood

19 Aug

At Dolphin Seafood in Harvard Square (1105 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA), you get what you pay for – a solid seafood dinner, but nothing that knocks your socks off. The Dolphin Clambake is a pretty good deal at $28. It includes a 1 – 1 1/4 lb steamed lobster, plenty of mussels and large clams, two side dishes, and a cup of seafood bisque or clam chowder. It’s definitely a filling meal. The lobster was tasty, but not outstanding. There was quite a bit of water as I opened it up. One of the lobster claws was barely formed, a sad, jelly-like piece with no meaty flesh at all. The platter included clarified butter in a plastic condiment cup, and a second little cup contained some sort of warm translucent water – possibly some of what the lobster had been cooked in? I have never seen this served with lobster before (and it wasn’t particularly tasty). The clams and mussels however, were excellent.

Appetizers: The Thai calamari looks more impressive than it actually tasted. The flaxseed tortilla shell was creative, but the calamari itself was heavily battered. On the menu, this dish is described as “sprinkled with pineapples.” A more accurate description would have been “doused with canned pineapples.”

Service: Although we had made a reservation, the restaurant had no record of it upon our arrival, so we were left standing awkwardly at the front entrance for several minutes. After we were seated however, service was great and the evening went smoothly.

Final Word: Good value for seafood. Dolphin Seafood satisfies seafood cravings at reasonable prices, and in a comfortable setting.

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