Happy National Lobster Day
Senators Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine had it right when they drafted a proclamation
in 2014 to declare September 25th National Lobster Day!
When was the last time you ate lobster? For me it was in my burrito at Rubio’s. I grew up going to Red Lobster and feeling spoiled when my mom would let me have the empty claw to scrap off some meat to get a taste of the most delicious protein I have ever tasted. Eventually as I grew older I was allowed to order a small lobster tail for myself once in a blue moon. Mostly I settled for the Alfredo pasta with shrimp and lobster bits.
What you may not know is just how many species and types of lobsters are lurking in the waters. Sciencing.com will help you learn the differences between Clawed, Reef, Spiny, Slipper, Furry and Squat lobsters. Check out lobsterhelp.com to see more details about these lobsters: Pacific, Caribbean, South African, Australian, Canadian, Brazilian, New Zealand and Maine. As you can see, Maine lobsters are the only one named for their specific location. No other lobster in the world is like the Maine lobster.
This yummy looking creature is what you are used to seeing in most restaurants, especially those with live lobster tanks for you to pick out your victim. Known for their big claws full of meat, many forget that the entire lobster is edible. Less desirable is the row and innards but they are edible so if you get double bog dared to eat it don’t worry too much.
If you’re in the mood for lobster tail, then you would order a Rock or Spiny lobster instead. They lack the classic big front claws that you envision when you hear the word but oh my! They are delicious! It really just depends on where you want your meat to come from and how much you want to work for it. Claws are definitely more work but worth it in the end. The servers at seafood restaurants even teach you how to handle the claw to get the most meat you can. Lobster tails are easier eaten with an ordinary fork with a little help from the teeny seafood forks they provide.
In either case, melted butter is your best friend!
An internet search for lobster recipes is endless but I found a list of 19 recipes that sound delicious enough I would be brave enough to make the myself. ( All except the chorizo, not a fan of that flavor) The complete recipes can be found at Bon Appetit’s site and include instructions for:
- Steamed Lobster with Charmoula Butter
- BA’s Ultimate Lobster Roll
- Perfectly Steamed Lobster
- Spicy Lobster Pasta
- Block Island Lobster Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
- Scott DeSimon’s Lobster Stew
- Grilled Split Lobster
- Lobster Fra Diavolo
- Butter Poached Lobster with Asparagus and New Potatoes
- Best of Both Worlds Lobster Roll
- Lobster Noodle Soup
- Lobster Salad with New Potatoes and Pickled Onion
- Lobster and Chorizo Paella
- Summer House Lobster Salad
- Steamed Lobster with Lemon-Herb Butter
- Lobster Pasta with Herbed Cream Sauce
- Shrimp, Lobster and Jicama Salad
- Chilled Corn Coup with Lobster Salad
- Fried Fish Sandwich with Lobster Mayo
So how will you celebrate National Lobster Day?
Listen to The B-52’s song “Rock Lobster” released in 1978
Go to the grocery store and buy Live Lobsters to cook at home.
Have a lobster party with your friends and family. You can even order a fun set here at Amazon.com