A Brief History of Lobsters and How They Became Seafood Royalty

Once considered the “cockroaches of the sea”, these crustaceans have come a long way from their humble beginnings. During the 1700s lobsters were so plentiful that they used to wash ashore on Massachusetts beaches in piles up to 2 feet high. If you were to see a 2-foot-high pile of lobsters today I’m sure your mouth would be watering, but in the 1700s they were not as impressed. Lobsters were considered the “poor man’s chicken” and primarily used for fertilizer or fed to prisoners and slaves. Some indentures servants even revolted against being forced to eat the meat and the colony agreed that they would not be fed lobster meat more than three times a week. While we are sure the indentured servants had many reasons to complain we can’t imagine that eating lobster meat could be such a gripe!History of lobsters

So how did lobsters go from fertilizer to the rich delicacy we know and love today?

It is safe to assume that most people know lobster meat is freshest when cooked alive, but during the 18th century this crustacean was prepared just like any other meat- after it was already dead. When a lobster dies its stomach releases enzymes into the rest of its body and increases the deterioration causing it to go bad quickly. This is most likely the reason people believed that lobster should only be served to poor people or slaves.

As the American rail transportation system began to develop it made it easier for people to travel from state to state. Train workers realized that they could serve lobster to passengers because it was plentiful and cheap. Unaware of the negative stigma that was attached to these crustaceans, the passengers believed they were eating a decadent food and began requesting lobster even when they weren’t on the train.

As word of this delicious meat began to travel it increased demand for lobster and crewmen realized they may have been wrong about this 8-legged ocean dweller.

The first lobster pound was established in 1876, in Vinalhaven, Maine. Early lobster pounds were used only as a method to store fresh lobster. A lobster pound is much like the grocery store fish tank but on a much larger scale.

As demand increased, so did the price and soon lobster meat was no longer considered food for the poor.

During the 1880s, chefs in Boston and New York City restaurants began developing recipes and lobster became a key dish on many restaurant menus.

As chefs experimented with different lobster recipes, they realized that the meat was freshest when the lobster was cooked alive. Cooking the lobster alive went a long way in changing the perception and taste of lobster meat.

When WWII began and food became short supplied, lobster meat was canned and fed to soldiers. During this time, lobster was not rationed and was consumed by the wealthy and poor.

Today, lobster is consumed in a variety of exquisite dishes and accessible with the click of a button. Maine lobster is hailed for being the freshest and most delectable because of Maine’s warmer water. The Maine waters help to create a more tender and sweeter tasting lobster.lobster history

Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. has been dedicated to providing the freshest certified Maine lobsters and seafood for over 40 years. Cape Porpoise lobster tails are caught fresh, cut and immediately frozen. Available in a variety of sizes ranging from small to giant, Cape Porpoise has the perfect lobster for you. With free overnight shipping, we can guarantee that your lobster will arrive fresh and ready to prepare. Visit our Live Maine Lobster page to order yours today!

How to Cook a Traditional Seafood Boil

Summer is almost here and now is the perfect time to plan your backyard parties! Hosting a party in your backyard is a great way to socialize with friends and enjoy your own yard.

Prepare an authentic seafood boil for your party guests with this easy recipe! Before you get started, first gather all your ingredients:

• 4 Pack, 5/6oz Pack Fresh Maine Lobster Tails

• 50 Shrimp
• 5 lbs. Red potatoes
• 4 ears of Fresh Corn
• 4 Lemons
• 4 Garlic ClovesHow to Cook a Traditional Seafood Boil
• 2 lbs. Kielbasa sausage
• Fresh Parsley
• Olive Oil
• ½ lb Butter
• Seasonings
o Salt
o Pepper
o Cayenne pepper
o Old Bay

Once you have gathered all your ingredients you can start preparing the boil.

First, mince the parsley, then cut the potatoes and lemons in half. Then shuck the corn.
In a large pot, cook sausages on medium-high for about 5 minutes or until the outsides get crispy and brown. Take the sausages out and set them aside.

Next, in that same large pot, bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Add garlic, lemon, and seasonings. Seasoning can be added to taste, just make sure that you add enough to give the boil a bold flavorful taste.
Once the water has reached a rolling boil, use tongs to add your potatoes. Allow your potatoes to boil for 4 minutes before adding your lobster tails one at a time. Next, add the shucked corn. You can cut them in half or leave them whole. Lastly, add the shrimp and put the sausages back in. Allow the shrimp to cook for 4 minutes.

Turn the heat off.

Put a top on the pot and allow the boil to marinate.While the boil is marinating, melt two sticks of butter in a pan on medium-low heat. Add parsley, pepper, and salt – to taste, for a flavorful dipping sauce.
Once the butter is completely melted put the butter in a small bowl that can easily be used for dipping.
Now you are ready to serve!

You can either strain the water out of your pot and put your seafood boil on a large serving platter, or place newspaper on your table and spread the food out directly on the paper. You can place any additional seasonings on the table next to the dipping sauce. Now it’s time to dig in!

Enjoy the company of your friends and family over a delicious seafood boil prepared with fresh Maine lobster tails from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. Cape Porpoise Lobster Co has been committed to providing the freshest certified Maine lobsters and seafood for over 40 years. We offer free overnight delivery via FedEx Overnight Air to ensure that your lobster stays as fresh as possible. Purchase your fresh Maine lobster tails today!

Why Lobsters Turn Red

Maine LobsterWhen you dig in to a plate of delicious lobster, the crustacean on your plate is a bright shade of red. However, lobsters in the wild look much different—they’re usually brown, green, dull blue or olive-gray. What causes the dramatic change? Science has the answer.

Here’s why lobsters turn red when cooked:

Lobsters have astaxanthin, a pigment that can absorb blue light, in their shells. Under certain conditions, this pigment makes the shell look red. When the crustacean is alive, the pigment is tightly bonded with a protein in the shell, called the crustacyanin. The pigment is wrapped up so tightly inside the protein that it stays put, unable to flow or absorb light. That’s why lobsters in the wild don’t appear red.

However, when a lobster is cooked, the boiling water changes its body chemistry. The astaxanthin pigment separates from the crustacyanin protein, which is not heat-stable.

Once free of the crustacyanin, it absorbs blue light and the lobster turns red. Pretty amazing, right?

You’ll see the same phenomenon in crabs, as well as in shrimp, which are gray in the wild but pink when cooked. Next time you tuck into a delicious plate of seafood, take a moment to think about the fascinating science behind what we eat.

Now that you know why lobsters turn red when cooked, it’s time to order some lobster and get cooking! Call Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. at 1-800-967-4268 to get fresh live Maine lobster delivered to your front door in under 24 hours.

Spicy Lobster Dishes for People Who Like It Hot

Spicy Lobster Dishes Spice up your cooking repertoire with some of our favorite spicy lobster dishes:

 

  • Want to serve some addictive finger food at your next gathering? We suggest whipping up some lobster and bacon stuffed jalapeno bites. This easy appetizer can be ready in less than half an hour.
  • For a main course with a spicy kick, try this spicy lobster pasta. In summertime, pick up some fresh tomatoes at your local farmer’s market for maximum deliciousness.
  • Can’t get enough lobster pasta? Check out this recipe for the Italian specialty lobster fra diavolo. It’s a real treat for special occasions.
  • “Laissez les bon temps rouler” with some spicy Cajun lobster tails served with lemon garlic butter. Make some dirty rice to serve on the side and you’ve got a fantastic Louisiana-style meal!
  • What’s better than deep-fried lobster? Deep-fried lobster slathered in Sichuan pepper chili oil and fried garlic, of course! If you think you can handle this level of spice, make some Asian-style fried lobster.
  • You probably already know that Sriracha sauce livens up everything from stir-fries to eggs. You can even make super-simple grilled lobster tails with Sriracha butter for a simple but delicious meal. What are you waiting for? Fire up that grill!

If you’re planning to make any of these spicy lobster dishes, the first step is to order some top-quality lobster. Check out Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. for delicious lobster and other seafood delicacies that can be at your door in under 24 hours. Call 1-800-967-4268 to place your order today!

How to Make a Killer Valentine’s Day Dinner

Seafood Valentines Day DinnerValentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you want to wow your date by skipping the overrated restaurant reservations and cooking her a delicious dinner at home. You’ve made an excellent choice—but now what?

We’re here to help you make a killer Valentine’s Day dinner this year. Here’s how:

Choose the perfect recipe

Lobster is a romantic classic. We recommend this recipe for Croatian lobster pasta to impress your Valentine.

Don’t go overboard

Some guys think they need to whip up a whole smorgasbord of dishes to impress their dates. Wrong! You’ll stress yourself out spending all day in the kitchen and won’t actually get to enjoy the evening. Focus on a show-stopping main course, like the lobster pasta above, and serve it with a simple salad as a starter and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

Set the mood

Small details will show her how thoughtful you are. A table set with fresh flowers, a special playlist and candlelight will create the perfect V-Day ambiance.

Do your prep work in advance

Nothing kills the mood faster than having her sit by herself at the table while you’re in the kitchen. Make sure to read all recipes in advance so you know exactly how much cook time you’ll need and do as much prep work as possible before she arrives.

Thinking of serving some delicious Maine lobster to your Valentine this year? Make sure to order in advance from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. We offer free overnight shipping for all orders of our lobster and other seafood delights. Call 1-800-967-4268 to order your Valentine’s Day lobster today!

Why Surf and Turf is The Perfect Valentine’s Day Meal

Surf and Turf for Valentines DayValentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means the clock is ticking to decide how you’ll show your special someone how much you care.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a romantic candlelit dinner at home with a classic surf and turf dish.

The pairing is actually one of the most popular dishes made on Valentine’s Day. The combination of a hearty, juicy steak with tender, buttery lobster exemplifies luxury.

Not only is surf and turf a decadent and impressive offering to prepare for your special someone, but it’s also very easy to prepare. We recommend going with a filet mignon and pairing it with a lobster or lobster tail. The steak will require a pan sear and a short time in the oven.

Lobster can be prepared in a variety of ways, including being steamed, broiled, pan-roasted or grilled.

One added bonus is that the delectable lobster on your plate is not only going to be tasty, but it’s also classified as an aphrodisiac, setting the mood for the rest of the night for you and your special someone. Lobster gets this classification from being equated with luxury as well as having to eat lobster with your hands and the red color of the shell, which is associated with hearts, love and Valentine’s Day.

Lobster is not only delicious, but it’s also nutritious, being a great source of zinc, B-12 and lean protein – all of which contribute to your physical and mental wellbeing.

Make sure you look at our Valentine’s Day lobster specials and place your order today! Contact us by calling 1-800-967-4268 with any questions you may have. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Must-Have Seafood Tools for Your Kitchen

Seafood Tools Do you love cooking with fresh Maine lobster and other seafood as much as we do? If so, may we suggest some must-have seafood tools for your kitchen? Before you know it, you’ll be wondering how you ever cooked or served seafood without them!

Must-Have Seafood Tool #1: Seafood scissors

In order to get to the meat in your lobster’s claws, you’ll need a pair of seafood scissors. This tool is preferable to a seafood cracker, which can leave unwanted shell particles in the meat.

Must-Have Seafood Tool #2: Butter warmers

Hot butter is the perfect accompaniment for just about any type of seafood. Make sure you and your guests always have perfectly melted butter by setting butter warmers at each place setting.

Must-Have Seafood Tool #3: Shrimp deveiner

Before you can enjoy shrimp cocktail, popcorn shrimp or any other favorite dish, you’ll need to clean and devein your shrimp with this handy tool.

Must-Have Seafood Tool #4: Clam and oyster knife

Opening your favorite shellfish will be a snap when you have the proper tool.

Must-Have Seafood Tool #5: Seafood steamer

One of the most common mistakes when cooking seafood is to place it in a pot that’s too small. These specially designed pots are large enough to properly steam lobster and any other seafood delight.

Must-Have Seafood Tool #6: Tongs

You’ll need a good pair of tongs to remove your seafood from its seafood steamer.

So, you’ve got the tools, and now it’s time to get some fresh Maine lobster! Call Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. at 1-800-967-4268 today to get real Maine lobster and other delicious seafood at your door in 24 hours or less. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest discounts on all of our products!

How To Cook Frozen Maine Lobster Tails

Maine Lobster Here at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. our fresh frozen Maine lobster tails are some of the most popular items ordered. Available in five different sizes and shipped overnight, they are a delicious dinner option whether you plan to boil them, cook them in a pan or prepare them on the grill.

The first step to take is thawing your fresh frozen lobster tails, a process we’ve outlined below.

Thawing Maine Lobster Tails

Regardless of which way you plan to prepare your lobster feast, the first step is thawing the shellfish. To ensure the best flavor and texture, it is important that your lobster reach room temperature before cooking begins.

  • Start your meal preparation by placing your frozen lobster tails in a covered bowl, leaving them in the refrigerator overnight.
  • It will take between 12 and 24 hours for them to thaw completely, and once thawed you will want to take them out of the refrigerator 30 minutes to an hour before cooking. This will allow your lobster tails to reach room temperature, perfect for cooking.

Now that you’re ready to start cooking, here are a few of our favorite ways to prepare your meal!

Boiling Maine Lobster Tails

In a pot large enough to hold all of your tails, bring water to boil, including salt and any other seasoning you prefer. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, use tongs to add your tails in one at a time.

When all of the tails (or as many as can fit) are inside the pot, let the water boil again, then reduce heat and simmer for three to four minutes. Meat should be white throughout, and can continue to boil – checking every minute or so – until it is ready.

Grilling Maine Lobster Tails

The perfect way to cook your lobster tails on a hot summer day, head outside and fire up the grill for a smoky treat. While you are waiting for your tails to reach room temperature, take a few minutes to prepare your basting sauce, made from minced garlic, lemon juice, butter and spices of your choice.

Heat up the grill – basting your lobsters while you wait for it to get hot – then toss them on shell side up over medium-high heat. Give the meaty side about five minutes to sear, then flip the tails over and allow the shell side to cook.

Keep an eye on the color of your meat as the tails continue to cook, leaving them on the grill until they are white in color and firm to the touch.

Click here for complete instructions.

Pan Frying Maine Lobster Tails

Once your lobster tails have reached room temperature, there is a bit more work required before it’s time to start cooking you lobster in a pan. For this step, all you will need is a pair of kitchen shears and a steady hand.

With the thickest part of the shell facing up, take your kitchen shears and cut the shell lengthwise down the middle, starting at the base of the tail and working towards the fin.

After the shell has been cut, work to loosen the lobster meat inside and carefully remove it from the shell. Also remove any gelatin from the meat and rinse with cold water.

As you are working, you can begin boiling water in your pan, adding small pads until you have enough butter boiling to cover your lobster tails. The lobster tails will need to cook for five to eight minutes, submerged in butter until they are firm to the touch and white in color.


Whichever way you choose to cook your lobster meal, start by ordering your tails fresh from coastal Maine waters!

Cape Porpoise lobster tails are caught fresh, cut and immediately frozen. Available in small, medium, large, jumbo and giant sizes, there are options available for every family and gathering. Order with us online or by phone at 1-800-967-4268.

The Benefit of Buying Fresh Maine Lobster Online

Buying Fresh Maine Lobster Online If you’ve never bought fresh Maine lobster online, you might have some questions. Will the lobster really be fresh? Will it get to you in time? Here at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., we’re here to answer your questions and soothe your fears.

We’ve got a few good reasons to buy fresh Maine lobster online:

You know you’ll be getting real Maine lobsters

Did you know that it’s actually common practice to sell tasteless, tough California spiny lobsters as American lobster tails in supermarkets around the U.S.? Why buy subpar seafood when you can get the best?

We buy our lobster directly from fishermen on Maine’s Cape Porpoise Pier, so you know you’re getting the real thing. We also operate our very own FDA HACCP-certified seafood plant, ensuring that your lobster is clean and healthy.

Your lobster will be nice and fresh

At your local market, do you know how long the lobsters have been in the tank? Do you know where they were before that? These are important questions, and when you buy lobsters online from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., you’ll have the answers. We use no chemicals or preservatives, and our frozen gel packs keep your lobster fresh on its way to you.

We’ll get you your lobster in 24 hours or less

Got a dinner party or barbecue coming up? No need to worry that your lobster won’t arrive in time. We guarantee that it will arrive at your door within 24 hours of you placing your order.

Now that you know some of the reasons to buy fresh Maine lobster online, it’s time to place an order! Call Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. at 1-800-967-4268 today to get real Maine lobster at your door in 24 hours or less. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get discounts on lobster and other seafood products!

Five Seafood Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Seafood Recipes This Christmas, why not wow your guests by skipping last year’s ham or turkey and serving a delicious seafood dinner instead?

Here are some of our favorite seafood recipes for Christmas dinner:

Broiled lobster tails with garlic-chili butter

Your Christmas guests will feel like they’re eating in a fancy restaurant with this seafood entrée. Buttery and indulgent yet tender and delicate, we guarantee this dish will be a new holiday favorite.

Seared scallops and baby spinach with spiced pomegranate glaze

Scallops get a Christmas spin with this recipe. The cinnamon-spiced pomegranate glaze will fill your kitchen with holiday aromas.

Butter and herb baked oysters

Looking for a simple, elegant Christmas appetizer? Look no further than this easy recipe. Top the oysters with bread crumbs for a sophisticated touch.

Lobster bisque

Once everyone is seated for Christmas dinner, wow them with this aromatic starter. Serve it with crusty bread on the side so guests can savor every drop.

Cioppino

Seafood lovers will go wild for this entrée—an Italian fisherman’s stew with various kinds of fish and seafood. Bonus: the recipe calls for preparing the dish in a slow cooker, freeing up valuable stovetop space!

If you’re planning to put any of these delightful dishes on your Christmas table, you’ll need the best-quality seafood you can find. Check out Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. for delectable lobster, fresh Atlantic Sea scallops, crab and other seafood delicacies that can be at your door in under 24 hours. Got a crowd coming to celebrate? We offer fantastic prices on wholesale lobster orders. Call 1-800-967-4268 to place your order today!