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How to Prepare the Best Home Cooked Lobster

Lobster is a delicacy enjoyed the world over, and preparing it just right goes a long way to enhance the natural flavor. While there are many different ways to prepare lobster, some go a little beyond what can be done in a home kitchen. Read on to find some great, kitchen-tested recipes that are sure to make your home-cooked lobster come out tasting as good as if it came from a restaurant.

Steamed Lobster

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This is one of the most popular ways to cook lobster, and for good reason! Simple and easy, just involving a few ingredients, you’ll have a delicious meal in no time. Begin with creating the broth: just put around two inches of water in the bottom of a lobster pot, add any spices you choose (we recommend thyme and bay leaves), a little bit of lemon juice and rind, and then bring to a boil. Clip the rubber bands on the claws of the lobster, being careful to avoid any nasty pinches, and immerse the lobster in the boiling water quickly. Leave it in the pot to steam for around 15 minutes for full flavor. It’ll come out tasting like you just ordered from a restaurant. Fresh oysters from Lobster Place can round out this simple dish. 

Lobster Bisque

A Northeastern favorite, lobster bisque is a delicious starter or main course. Just because bisque seems fancy, doesn’t mean its complicated to make. Combine a cup of chicken broth, two medium sliced onions and bring to a boil. In a separate pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, then whisk in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour. Add the broth mix into the butter/flour, then whisk in 2 cups of milk, half a teaspoon of salt, around a pound of cooked lobster meat, half a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper to taste. Let it heat up together, but don’t boil or the milk will curdle! Enjoy after its thoroughly heated.

Grilled Lobster

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Another classic preparation technique is grilled lobster. Steam as instructed above, then remove the lobster from the pot. Use a knife or scissors to split the lobster along its shell lengthwise, so that you can pull the meat up through the crack. Brush the lobster shell and meat with a butter and herb mixture, plus salt and pepper, and place the lobster meat down on the hot surface or flame. Cook it that way for around four to five minutes, and then flip, cooking for another four to five minutes, then serve! It’s especially good with drawn butter and lemon slices on the side. 

Lobster may seem like a complicated meal to cook, but there are plenty of easy, quick ways to get restaurant-style lobster at home with minimal effort. Whether you’d prefer steamed, grilled, or something a little fancier, lobster can be prepared using ingredients you already have in your home, without a lengthy grocery list of specialty items.