How to Pick the Right Size Lobster

Choosing the right lobster sizeThere’s nothing more exciting than sitting down with family or friends for a delicious lobster feast. However, there’s also nothing worse than clearing your plate and still feeling hungry, or leaving untouched lobster meat on your plate because your eyes were bigger than your stomach. So how do you choose the right size to purchase?

Next time you go out to purchase lobster, follow some of these simple guidelines.

To Each His Own

While it may be tempting to share, ideally, each person should have their own individual lobster. This is for two reasons. For one, larger lobsters will weigh more with a larger percentage of meat, so they will also cost more. Secondly, each person should get to enjoy every part of their lobster. Everyone likes their own portion so why rob them of the opportunity to enjoy themselves?

Choose the Lobster Size Based on Appetite

It may seem obvious, but many people forget that they should buy their lobster based on how many pounds they realistically think they can eat. Those with a smaller appetite should try what is considered a half lobster. No, these are not lobsters that are cut in half; instead, they are whole lobsters that usually weigh about one and a half pounds.

Average eaters would be smart to purchase a two-pound lobster, also known as a deuce. This hefty lobster will suit the average eater while also being great for special occasions. They are a little costlier but well worth it.

Those with a big appetite would be thrilled to sit down with a jumbo lobster. Clocking in at three pounds or heavier, these lobsters are considered to be a truly indulgent meal and are great for fun occasions like a Father’s Day feast. Here at Cape Porpoise, we have some of the largest lobsters Maine has to offer!

Other Lobster Considerations

If you are planning to eat lobster in a different way, such as in lobster rolls, scampi, or lobster mac and cheese, save money by purchasing fresh cooked lobster meat without the shells. If you aren’t focused on presentation, you can buy culls to save even more on your meal cost.

At Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., we offer the most delicious live Maine lobster that you can find, and we offer it at great prices. Call us today at 1-800-967-4268 to learn more!

How to Make Mouthwatering Lobster Pot Pie

Making lobster pot pieIf you’re looking for a new way to enjoy lobster, why not try your hand at a lobster pot pie?

Here are 10 steps for you to follow when you make lobster pot pie:

  1. 1. Start by preheating your oven to 425, and greasing 4 two-inch ramekins or spraying them with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2. Put a cup of chopped Yukon gold potatoes, a half-cup of sliced carrots and 3 cups of low-sodium seafood stock into a saucepan, then bring it to a boil over high heat. Cook the veggies and stock for 8 to 10 minutes, then strain the stock into one bowl and put the veggies in another.
  3. 3. Put a tablespoon of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of butter in a large stock pot, and melt to combine over high heat.
  4. 4. Add 4 lobster tails (with their shells removed) and cook for two to three minutes, until slightly red and opaque. Remove and set aside.
  5. 5. Put a diced sweet onion and a teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme into the stock pot, stirring well to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste, then cook for about five minutes, until soft.
  6. 6. Create a roux by adding 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, whisking until it’s gold in color and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Then, add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and cook for an additional minute.
  7. 7. Pour in ¾ cup dry sherry, cooking until the sherry is reduced by half. Then, slowly stir in the stock you set aside, followed by the veggies, the kernels from two ears of fresh corn and a cup of cream. Once the mixture is simmering and slightly thickened, add the lobster and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. 8. Spoon the filling into ramekins, and top with squares of puff pastry cut to fit and brushed with egg beaten with water.
  9. 9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. 10. Enjoy!

Want to make this recipe? Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. offers top-quality lobster that can be at your door, ready to cook, in as little as 24 hours! We include free overnight shipping with every order. Call 1-800-967-4268 today!

How to Make Delicious Lobster Risotto

Learn how to make lobster risottoOne of the things that we love about fresh Maine lobster—and believe us, there are many—is how well it goes in a number of dishes. Just think about the amount of lobster-based dishes that you know, and love: lobster bisque, lobster mac and cheese, lobster rolls, and just the lobster itself, with just a bib and some butter. But one dish we’ve been loving lately here at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. is the lobster risotto. The good news: it’s easy to cook!

Here’s how to make lobster risotto:

You’re going to want to start off by chopping up a stalk of celery and a peeled yellow onion, and placing those in a large saucepan with about two tablespoons of olive oil. Cook those on medium heat, or until the onions are translucent, for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then add 8 cups of seafood stock, and frozen fresh Maine lobster tails (four is preferable). Bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes. Once done, take the lobster tails, and let them cool off enough so you can remove and chop the meat up. Then you’re going to want to strain the stock, and put it back into the saucepan. Leave that to the side.

Now, onto the risotto. In another large saucepan, heat up some butter and olive oil on medium-high heat, until melted. Then add another peeled yellow onion and some leeks—both chopped—and cook until soft, or 5 minutes. Add two cups of Arborio rice, and stir it to coat before adding in a half cup of white wine. Allow it to cook and absorb, or about 2 minutes.

Alright, back to that lobster stock. You’re going to want to add one cup at a time to your risotto, allowing it to absorb after 2 minutes of cooking. Eventually, after 20 minutes, the risotto will become nice, tender, and tasty. That’s when you’ll want to add in your Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, salt, and pepper, for taste.

But wait, the lobster! Add in the chopped lobster meat, along with some chives, to your risotto, and cook for about 2 minutes, until the lobster meat is the same temperature as the rice. Once it’s there, you’re finished! Divide into bowls, and add more cheese or chives if you’d like.

Last but not least, enjoy! Place your order with Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. today for tasty seafood tomorrow!

Cooking Fresh Atlantic Sea Scallops

From grilling to broiling and pan searing to deep frying, there are plenty of ways to cook your fresh sea scallops.

The easiest way to sear your scallops to perfection? On the stove top!


How to Prepare Sea Scallops

Before you begin cooking, there are a few preparatory steps you will need to take to ensure the best possible flavor.

  • If ordered frozen, thaw your scallops overnight or quickly defrost them using a microwave.
  • Rinse and dry scallops.
  • If desired; cut scallops in half to create smaller portions.

Once you finish these simple, initial preparation steps, you are ready to start cooking.


How to Cook Scallops on a Stove Top

Cooking scallops on a stove top is the quickest and easiest way.  We recommend a heavy pan, made of either cast iron or stainless steel for best results.

1. Heat pan on medium-high heat, melting 2 tablespoons of oil.

  • The best oils for cooking scallops include canola, soybean and peanut.

2. For some extra flavor and texture, you can create a thin crust by dusting the scallops in flour.

  • Use about 3 tablespoons of flour per pound of scallops, lightly coating them in it before placing them in the pan.

3. Place the scallops in the pan and cook them for about 6 minutes, flipping half-way through.


Now that you’re ready to prepare your meal, visit us online or call us at 1-800-967-4268 to place your order for fresh Atlantic sea scallops.

How to Properly Cook a Lobster

Planning a special dinner? One delicious and gourmet option your loved one will enjoy is lobster.

Delivered right to your door by Cape Porpoise Lobster Co, all you have to do is toss the crustaceans in a pot!


Boiling Lobster

There are so many ways to cook lobster, but boiling is one of the most straightforward – and tasty – ways when it comes to serving whole lobsters.

1. The first thing you will need is a large pot filled three quarters of the way with water. You should also include two teaspoons of salt per quart of water.

  • Depending on how many lobsters you are planning to cook, at eight or 16 quart pot can be used.
  • You can cook lobsters one at a time in an eight quart pot or two to three at a time in a 16 quart one.

2. When the water has come to a rolling boiling, it is time to drop the lobsters in, head first.

  • Remember to remove the rubber bands around their claws first and lower them into the water slowly, using a pair of tongs.

3. Once the water returns to a boil, set your timer as follows:

  • 1 lb. lobster: 12-20 minutes
  • 2 to 3 lb. lobster: 20-25 minutes

4. When fully cooked, the lobsters outside shell will be a bright red and the meat will be opaque white in color.

  • Carefully remove your crustaceans from the heat, placing them on a platter to cool down before serving.

Steaming Lobster

Another great way to cook lobster is steaming. The process is quite similar to boiling, creating a tender main course for your next big get-together.

It is also a bit more difficult to overcook a lobster when steaming, so this technique is great for first time lobster chefs!

1. Add about two inches of salted water to a 16 quart pot, set a steaming rack inside and bring the water to a boil.

2. Place your lobsters into the pot, cover with a lid and set your timer as follows:

  • 1 lb. lobster: 10 minutes
  • 2 lb. lobster: 18 minutes
  • 3 lb. lobster: 25-30 minutes

We recommend checking on dinner half-way through, moving the crustaceans around to ensure even cooking.

3. When the timer rings, take the lobsters out of the pot with a pair of tongs, checking that they are bright red in color and the meat inside is an opaque white.


How to Eat Lobster

Now that your lobster is fully cooked, it is time to dig in!

Dining on lobster can be a bit messy, so we recommend placing a couple bowls on your dinner table for shells, along with plenty of napkins and nutcrackers for prying shells apart.

Especially if you aren’t sure how your guests usually eat their lobster, provide a few dipping options. Lemon juice, mayonnaise and hot, melted butter are some traditional favorites.


Now that you’re hungry for a delicious lobster dinner, it’s time to place your order with Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. Shop with us online or give us a call at 1-800-967-4268 today!

Lobster Cocktails: Perfect for NYE

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Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party or attending one and need to make a dish? If you’re looking to bring something a little more creative than a fruit or vegetable platter, try out these lobster cocktail recipes!

Lobster-Avocado Cocktail

This Bobby Flay recipe offers a delicious, smooth taste with a kick! Whisk ½ cup fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of drained Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, 1 tablespoon freshly chopped tarragon and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Then gently fold in 2 cups of coarsely chopped lobster, 1 peeled, pitted and diced avocado, and ¼ cup chopped watercress leaves. For a unique presentation, serve the cocktail in shot glasses!

Lobster Salad Cocktail

The Neelys’ Lobster Salad Cocktail combines comforting southern taste with a festive presentation! To make the mayonnaise sauce, combine 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste, 1 stalk finely chopped celery, 1 finely chopped shallot, 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon and 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives in a bowl.

Add 3 cooked and chopped lobster tails to the sauce and combine. Use martini glasses for a fun presentation style! Rub the rim of martini glasses with a lemon and then dip the rims in some dry rub. Divide the lobster salad between the glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

These recipes won’t be complete without high quality Maine lobster, so call us at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. today to place your order in time for New Year’s Eve!

What Sauces Go Best with Lobster?

What Sauces Go Best with Lobster?There’s nothing like delicious, fresh Maine lobster. In fact, you might even be craving it right now! But what sauces should you pair with this delectable seafood treat? From classic to experimental, lobster is the perfect protein for a variety of dishes. Read on for a few great ideas.

Go classic

Classic French lobster thermidor will impress any guest. If it’s a diet “cheat day” for you, try the richly indulgent original, which includes brandy, egg yolk, mustard and cheese. If you’re looking for an everyday indulgence without the calories, try a thermidor-infused butter with white wine, Dijon mustard, lemon, paprika and Parmesan cheese.

Try something new

An Asian-style sauce can also work as long as you don’t overwhelm the tender flavors of the lobster with too much chili or ginger. Try a simple sauce of rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and a dash of ginger and sugar.

Life of the party

Serving lobster at your next get-together? Dipping sauces make a great choice for lobster, whether you serve it room temperature, warm or chilled. Go for an herbed lemon sauce with olive oil, lemon, salt and fresh herbs, a spicy tomato-jalapeno with ketchup, jalapeno and balsamic vinegar, or a Thai-style sauce with soy sauce, sugar, fresh lime juice and sesame oil. Why not try all three?

Hungry for lobster yet? Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. offers top-quality lobster and other seafood delights, which can be at your door in as little as 24 hours! We include free overnight shipping with every order. Call 1-800-967-4268 today, and get cooking!

Three Lobster Pizza Recipes You Can’t Skip!

If you love lobster and casual dining, then lobster pizza is probably one of your favorite foods. If you’ve never tried it before, don’t worry! Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. picked out our three favorite lobster pizza recipes for you to try at home. Check them out below, and make them for your next game day party.

Lobster Polenta Pizza

How Sweet Eats’ Lobster Polenta Pizza is one of our favorites. Plus, if you have a gluten sensitivity, you’ll still be able to enjoy a delicious pizza since the crust is made with naturally gluten-free polenta. You’ll need:

1 box instant polenta

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

2 heads garlic, roasted

8 ounces fontina cheese, grated

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 to 4 lobster tails, raw and removed from shell

1 jar semi­ dried cherry tomatoes

Fresh basil leaves

Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat your oven to 425 degrees, and prepare the polenta by following the instructions on the box. Spread it into a thin layer on a non-stick baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until it’s slightly crispy.

Add mascarpone, garlic, salt, and mash with a fork. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and butter. Add the lobster tails and cook until they are bright red. Chop them into smaller pieces once cooked. Spread the roasted garlic/mascarpone mixture on the polenta crust, add some fontina, and then the lobster and cherry tomatoes. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese starts to bubble. Slice, and serve!

Brown Butter Lobster and Spinach Pizza (with Bacon & Fontina!)

Half Baked Harvest’s recipe for brown butter lobster and spinach pizza will knock your socks off. It’s a fresh twist on a classic flavor. Here’s what you’ll need:

The dough:

1 ½ cups flour

½ cup warm water

1 ½ teaspoons

1 tablespoon honey

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

The toppings:

4 lobster tails, 2-3 ounces

4 slices bacon (thick)

2 cloves of garlic

1 small shallot, chopped

6 ounces spinach

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes

4 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded

8 ounces fontina cheese, shredded

2 ounces freshly grated parmesan

Prepare the pizza dough, wither with a stand mixer or your hands and a wooden spoon. Preheat the oven to 375, and while the dough is rising, prep the toppings.

Boil about 6 cups of salted water, and add in the lobster tails. Simmer for 8 to 12 minutes, until the shells are bright red. Drain, remove the tails, chop the meat, and set aside.

Cook the bacon in a skillet, and set aside, saving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet, cook for a minute, and then add the spinach. Remove all items, and then add the butter. Remove from heat, and add parsley, oregano and crushed pepper. Drizzle half over the lobster, and toss.

Spread the remaining brown butter onto the pizza dough, sprinkle with sun-dried tomatoes, and the spinach mixture. Top with cheese, lobster meat and the bacon. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is perfectly melted!

Lobster Alfredo Pizza

Yummly’s lobster alfredo pizza is a rich and delicious option, perfect for the cooler fall and winter days!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pound lobster meat

1 pizza dough

½ cup olive oil

1 cup parmesan, grated

1 cup mozzarella, grated

1 clove garlic

1 small shallot, chopped

Salt

1 tablespoon basil,

¼ cup dry sherry

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes

Prep the dough. While it’s rising, add chopped garlic, shallot, butter and herbs to a medium pan over low heat. Mix in cream, and grated parmesan. Add the sherry. Arrange the lobster on the pizza dough, and pour the Alfredo sauce over the meat. Cover with mozzarella, and bake at 375 until golden brown. Slice and enjoy!

Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. has all of the lobster you’ll need for your pizza recipes. Shop now and call 1-900-967-4268 with any questions you may have!

Several Ways to Prepare Shrimp Cocktail

One great thing about the holiday season is the great food that comes along with it.

Many people prepare shrimp cocktail during the holiday season as a special appetizer for guests.

From different sauces to displays, there are plenty of ways to prepare shrimp cocktail. Here are just a few of our favorites to try at your next holiday celebration:

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Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail

This particular recipe for shrimp cocktail has an “adult sauce” that resembles the classic Bloody Mary beverage. Best of all, it is extremely simple to prepare and requires very few ingredients.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Arrange shrimp on platter.
  • Heat tomato juice, vodka and red pepper sauce over medium-high heat.
  • When the mixture boils, stir in sugar and reduce heat.
  • Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in celery salt and parsley, then pour over shrimp.
  • Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Recipe from bettycrocker.com.

Holiday Shrimp Wreath with Cocktail Dip

This holiday shrimp wreath is an elegant appetizer display for any holiday party! The base: a Styrofoam wreath base from a craft store. Wrapped in a layer of plastic wrap and topped with lettuce leaves, it is the perfect place to serve your shrimp.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. extra large, cooked shrimp
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp seafood seasoning
  • 1 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded, peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel

Directions: 

  • Create tray using above directions.
  • Toss shrimp, lemon juice and seafood seasoning in a large bowl.
  • Arrange shrimp on wreath.
  • Mix remaining ingredients and spoon into serving bowl.
  • Place serving bowl at center of wreath and serve!

Recipe from bettycrocker.com.

Holiday Shrimp Cocktail on Ice

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If you are hosting a winter-themed party, this is a festive and fun way to serve shrimp cocktail. We recommend a holiday themed tray for an extra touch of holiday spirit.

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  • Fill tray half-way with cold water and ice.
  • Slice fresh lemons and place on top of ice.
  • Place shrimp over the lemons.
  • Add a bowl of cocktail sauce to the center.

Recipe from rachelraymag.com.

 


These three shrimp cocktail recipes will please any crowd of people in any holiday party setting. An important part of creating any great shrimp dish is purchasing great shrimp to go along with it.

This holiday season, get your shrimp from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co!

Lobster Holiday Appetizers

Seafood dinner is a holiday tradition spanning the ages. And, in our opinion, there is no better seafood than lobster! Lobster is great for more than just the main course. We also love to use lobster in our holiday appetizers.

Here are a couple lobster recipes we recommend whipping up this holiday season:

Lobster Salad on Cucumber

Served on a cracker, these bite-sized snacks are both healthy and flavorful. Perfect for munching on while you mingle with guests.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Slice cucumber into 1/8 inch slices.
  • Chop lobster meat.
  • Toss lobster meat with mayo and red pepper.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon lobster mixture onto each cucumber slice.
  • Place cucumber slices on crackers and serve!

Lobster Bites

Another delicious (and easy to make) lobster appetizer, these lobster bites will be flying off the table faster than you can imagine.

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Slice baguette into 1/8 inch slices, place on cooking sheet and toast in oven.
  • Chop lobster meat.
  • Toss lobster meat with mayo and celery.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon lobster mixture onto each toasted baguette slice and serve.

Happy Holidays from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.! We hope your holiday celebration is filled with friends, family and some delicious seafood.

Need last minute supplies? We offer free overnight shipping with every seafood order. Shop with us online or by phone at 1-800-967-4268.