A lobster is a fine treat for any occasion, but observing National Lobster Day provides you a special reason to enjoy these crustacean delights. National Lobster Day celebrated on the 15th of June annually may not be an official holiday so far as work is concerned but you can make merry all the same with a groovy lobster concoction.
So, where do you get your live lobster on National Lobster Day? Do you just hop down to your neighborhood supermarket and buy one that’s been fighting for survival in a tank or do you get online and find a fresh live lobster straight off the coast of Maine? If you are really keen on getting the perfect lobster to grace your dinner table overlook about the supermarket. The poor creature in the store has lost most of its meat in its scuffle to stay alive. Instead, go online and decide on a meaty lobster that will get to your doorstep alive and kicking. What’s more, you can pick one with all the trimmings like lobster bibs, clams, steamers, little necks, napkins and forks to mention a few.
Now that you know where to find fresh live lobsters, you probably need help whipping up a tasty lobster delight to commemorate the event. There are several ways to cook lobsters. You can boil them, steam them, grill or bake them. But no matter which way you decide to go, the end result is always spectacular.
Here are a few tips to cook the ideal lobster on National Lobster Day.
Boiling is the easiest and most popular method of cooking live lobsters. All you have to do is to fill a large pot with three quarters of water and proceed to boil this water. Dip the lobsters in headfirst and submerge them completely. You can tell if the lobster is cooked when it turns red and you’ll be able to pull out its antennae easily. Serve warm with hot melted butter.
If you intend steaming your lobster on National Lobster Day, here’s how you go about it. Fill a large pot with about two inches of salted water and bring to a boil. Dip in the live lobster and cover the pot. Steam for around 13-20 minutes depending on how much the lobster weighs. Serve with exotic dips and fresh lemons.
To grill a lobster, fill a pot half full with salted water. Dip the live lobsters and boil for a couple of minutes only. Remove the lobsters and drain them. Crack the claws and then use a knife to divide the tails close to the ribs. Set them on a grill for about 10 minutes and then flip them so that both sides get grilled well. Garnish with hot lemons and serve hot.
If you intend baking a lobster, you will have to kill it first. Split the lobster lengthwise and remove the yellow sac from the surfaces of the head. Detach the claws, set them on a baking pan and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove the skillet in the oven and add the halves of the lobster with their fleshy sides up. You could also dab them with melted butter and lemon juice and bake them for another ten minutes.
National Lobster Day may not be as important as Christmas, Thanksgiving or a wedding. But nevertheless if you love eating lobsters, it gives you another excuse to celebrate and savor this terrific specimen.