Health Benefits of Shrimp

Seafood is not only delicious but a Health Benefits of Shrimplot of seafood comes with health benefits. Shrimp, in particular, comes with several health benefits of its own when consumed in moderation.

Low in Calories

Shrimp is mostly made up of water and has an extremely low calorie count. A medium sized shrimp only contains about 7 calories which is less than a standard serving of chicken. They are a low calorie meal or snack that is both filling with minimal calories.

Rich in Protein

Shrimp is made mostly up of water as well as protein. In fact, just three ounces of shrimp can contain up to 20 grams of protein. They also contain very little fat and carbohydrates. Shrimp provides a large amount of lean protein. Men and women are supposed to have a substantial amount of protein each day as a part of a healthy diet.

Provides Nutrients

Although shrimp are relatively small, they pack a lot of nutrients inside of them. Steamed shrimp contains vitamins, phosphorus, and iodine. Shrimp also contains a number of antioxidants which are rarely found in animal protein. It also contains vitamins that will help strengthen immune systems and improve thyroid function.

Improves Red Blood Cell Health

Shrimp can also help you produce and maintain healthy red blood cells. Shrimp contains a significant amount of vitamin A which controls red blood cell development. It can help your body produce the iron it needs in order to make oxygen, and consuming six ounces can make up your entire daily recommended serving of vitamin B-12.

Although shrimp does have a high amount of cholesterol which can affect cardiac health, if you consume shrimp in moderation, it can provide you with some health benefits. You just need to be aware of how much you are eating.

For your next shrimp dinner, visit Cape Porpoise Lobster Co’s website.

Gift Guide for Your Favorite Seafood Lover

If someone special in your life can’t get enough sea food, treat them this holiday season with a gift that expresses that. We browsed the internet and found unique gifts that are ideal for seafood lovers. You still have some time to do your holiday shopping and we have a few suggestions!

Lobster Lovers

1) Most people can’t get enough t-shirts. We all have accumulated t-shirts over the years yet we are always looking for a brand new one and a reason to wear it. These lobster t-shirts come in a variety of colors and styles and the message is clear: I love lobster enough to wear a t-shirt that indicates it.

2) If the lobster love in your life celebrates Christmas, a lobster ornament for their tree is both a practical and creative gift. The lightweight ornament has a small red lobster peeking out of a classic wooden crate. You can tape it onto another present as a little extra something or wrap it alone.

Shrimp Showoffs

1) As mentioned, we are a fan of t-shirts and believe they are a “no fail” gift. This shrimp t-shirt comes with a shrimp on the front that happens to be wearing a Santa hat. It is both festive and funny and you can customize it to fit anyone including women and kids.

2) You either love bumper stickers or you hate bumper stickers. If someone you know loves bumper stickers, and also happens to love shrimp, a shrimp bumper sticker is a great gift for them. This gift is simple and to the point, and your loved one can advertise their love of shrimp in rush hour traffic.

Crab Cravers

1) If someone you are shopping for this holiday season enjoys eating fresh crab on a sunny patio, this crab baseball cap is a great gift. The front reads “the crab has arrived,” and if the person you are shopping for has a sense of humor, they’ll love the subtle joke too.

2) We all have bathrooms to decorate. If someone in your life has a beach house, or simply their own shower that could use some sprucing up, this crab shower curtain will speak volumes in any bathroom. It can be put to good use and can be a great conversation starter when guests use the bathroom.

Purchase the Real Thing

The best gift you can give someone that loves seafood is great seafood. Cape Porpoise has a variety of seafood that can be ordered and shipped to your favorite seafood lover this season for a special treat and a savory surprise.

Put Lobster on Your Thanksgiving Menu

Many foods are typically found on Thanksgiving tables including cranberries, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and an assortment of colorful vegetables.

However, consider adding lobster to your Thanksgiving table.

 

Many culinary historians believe that first Thanksgiving table was likely full of lobsters, eels, and mussels from the bay. Most people would consider serving seafood for Thanksgiving as non-traditional, but some historians believe that a seafood Thanksgiving might be as traditional as you can get. Below are several Thanksgiving lobster recipes to consider serving.

 

Steamed Lobsters with Seared Wild Mushrooms

In order to prepare this dish, you would coat lobster tails in a variety of seasonings and oils. While steaming the tails, you would add in several more ingredients that would further soak and season the lobster meat. In a separate skilled, you would mix those ingredients with mushrooms until they grow soft.  A unique way to serve this dish is to cover the sourdough toast with the cooked mushrooms and serve the lobster alongside it. Consider pairing this dish with a dry and fruity wine, such as a crisp Riesling. Get the full recipe here.

Mini Brioche Lobster Rolls

Appetizers make meals seem elegant and well-planned, plus it is an opportunity to prepare unique foods. Mini brioche lobster rolls are a great appetizer to serve as the main course is prepared. These rolls are also filling so one per person will be enough. These lobster rolls present well but the preparation is quite simple. You will need to combine lobster, mayonnaise, tarragon, and lemon zest into a food processor. After the mixture reaches a chunky paste, season it with salt and pepper. Cut the tops off of the rolls, hollow them out, and fill them with the lobster filling. Get the full recipe here.

Lobster and Sweet Corn Soup

Corn is a staple vegetable at Thanksgiving dinner. Combining corn into a homemade soup will let you cook and serve corn in a refreshing way. Although this recipe can be time consuming, it is well worth the effort. Make sure you remove the meat from the lobsters first and refrigerate it while you prepare the soup itself. This recipe is a bit involved but will be a dish that your guests have likely never tasted before.  Get full recipe here.

These lobster recipes will make your Thanksgiving dinner a true traditional dinner. You will impress guests with unique dishes and efforts to prepare something truly savory.

Most people do not expect lobster at their Thanksgiving dinners but with the help of Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., you can give it to them.  

Three Unique Lobster Dishes You Need to Try!

unique lobster recipesJapanese restaurant JINYA Ramen has introduced a new lobster ramen dish that is causing quite a stir! Named “Lobster Me Happy”, it is made with lobster, shrimp, pork broth and ramen noodles, and is then topped with wontons, green onions, Brussels sprouts and an egg. The only catch? The dish is only available to ten customers per day through the end of the calendar year.

Available both at the Los Angeles restaurant’s Studio City and West Third Street locations, this dish has inspired us to get creative when it comes to our own lobster dinners. And with the holiday season drawing near, there is no better time to try your hand at a flashy, one-of-a-kind dish.

Here are three fun and unique lobster dishes you can wow your family and friends with.

Lobster Nachos

Add a bit of spice to your next get-together with this crowd-pleasing appetizer. Everyone loves nachos and the lobster on top gives the dish that extra flair needed to really wow your guests! Children and adults alike will be happy to sample this decadent twist on a delicious staple appetizer.

Click here to view the recipe.

Grilled Pineapple Lobster Salad

Does the cooler weather have you dreaming of backyard barbeque season again? This incredible pineapple lobster salad is the perfect way to bring back the flavors of summer for an evening! The perfect starter course for a small dinner party, this salad is served right out of the pineapple – which is sure to impress your friends and family!

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster French Onion Chowder

A delicious soup that will warm your guests up after traveling through the winter cold to visit, this lobster French onion chowder is filled with a variety of hearty ingredients that give it an incredibly rich flavor. Prep time is only 20 minutes, making this dish a simple one to make and throw in the oven as you go about other preparatory tasks.

Click here to view the recipe.


Interested in serving up one of these mouthwatering lobster dishes at your next family dinner? Make your meal even more delicious by ordering the lobster straight from the waters of coastal Maine. Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. has you covered with fresh from the ocean lobsters, shipped overnight for the freshest flavor possible!

Place your order with us online or by phone at 1-800-967-4268.

This Summer’s Rare Lobster Appearances

rare blue lobsterNot only has this summer been a wonderful one for enjoying fresh Maine lobster dinners, but it has also been one filled with incredible surprises in the nets of lobster fishermen along the Atlantic Coast.

The First Rarity of the Season

The excitement started on Monday, August 8, when veteran lobster fisherman Wayne Nickerson caught a bright blue lobster off the Massachusetts coast. Blue lobsters are a one in two million find, making this quite the incredible experience! To add to the excitement, this isn’t the first blue lobster that Nickerson has caught in his nets. His first blue lobster sighting occurred back in 1990, when he was just a child.

This year’s blue lobster was a whopping two pounds in weight and is expected to be donated to the New England Aquarium in Boston. Described by Nickerson’s wife, Jan, the lobster, “…was more brilliantly blue than the bluest hydrangea you’ve ever seen.”

A Second Sighting

While lobster enthusiasts may have thought Nickerson’s blue lobster find was the most excitement they would see all summer, this proved to be wrong just a few weeks later when another blue crustacean appeared just a few weeks later off the coast of Marshfield, Massachussetts. This one was caught in the traps of fisherman Andy Glynn and weighed in just below one pound. The brightly colored crustacean now resides at the Brant Rock Fish Market, a shop that enjoys keeping unique aquatic creatures for its visitors to see.

Five Rarities in One Place

There have even been some rare lobster sightings here in Maine, and five of these crustaceans reside at Allen’ Seafood on Lookout Point. The shop is home to one yellow lobster, two speckled-calico lobsters and two split shelled lobsters. The most unique of all, these split shelled lobsters have two different colors that split their shells in half. One of these is blue and black and hue, the other is orange and black.

The Rarest Lobster Catch of All

The most recent rare lobster sighting of the season? A bright yellow lobster fondly named Miss Ruby by the Long Island Aquarium. Ruby is a one in 30 million find who appeared in a shipment of lobsters at the Union Square Restaurant. The restaurant gave her a tank all her own, where she resided for a few weeks before moving to the Long Island Aquarium. Her new home is a 2,400 gallon tank that she shares with an eel and black sea bass.


With so many lucky lobster sightings this year, Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. has decided to make a lobster-themed quiz, allowing you to find out what lobster you are! Click here to find out your results.

And if all this talk about lobsters has you feeling hungry, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-967-4268 to place your order for the overnight delivery of fresh Maine lobster.

Seafood Recipes to Get Your Family Ready for Fall

fall seafood recipesWith September just a week away, it’s time to start thinking about delicious dinner recipes for your upcoming fall get-togethers! If you are looking for a dish that will wow your seafood loving friends and family members, you’ve come to the right place. As the seasons change, it is less about grilling, and more about pairing with delectable, seasonal flavors like pumpkin and squash.

Here are some of our favorite fall seafood recipes that we couldn’t resist sharing with you.

Cinnamon Apricot Glazed Salmon

This recipe is pretty simple, and the salmon is certainly the star of this dish. Paired with some great veggies and it’s the perfect dish to make for a family gathering.

Click here for the recipe.

Blackened Shrimp with Pomegranate-Orange Salsa

We can almost guarantee that you haven’t had shrimp like this before! It is so delicious and unique. And the best part about this recipe is that it serves 12!  Sounds like the perfect amount of shrimp for your upcoming dinner party, doesn’t it?

Click here for the recipe.

Oyster and Bacon Chowder

As the cool fall weather sets in, there is no better dish than a scrumptious bowl of chowder. Whether you make this for dinner on a cool fall evening or bring it to your college football game to tailgate and share with friends, it is sure to get a lot of compliments.

Click here for the recipe.

Honey Glazed Scallops

If you are looking for a dish that doesn’t take much time to prepare – but will still wow your guests – scallops are the perfect option for you. With this recipe, you can enjoy melt in your mouth scallops in just 15 minutes. It’s perfect for pairing with a bottle of white wine for your next girls’ night! T

Click here for the recipe.

Baked Lobster Mac and Cheese

We would be doing a disservice to you if we failed to mention this kid-friendly lobster dish. When it comes to fall comfort food, there really is nothing better than a big bowl of mac and cheese; and the addition of lobster meat makes it even more incredible! In about an hour, you will have a dish that serves eight to 10 people; and will be requested at every upcoming party you attend.

Click here for the recipe.


Now that you have enough delicious and unique recipe options to last you the whole season, all that’s left to do is order your fresh Maine seafood with Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. Place your order online or by calling 1-800-967-4268.

Have a favorite fall seafood recipe that you like to share? Let us and all of our other readers know so we can give it a try!

The Making of the Maine Lobster Roll [Video]

lobster rollsOne of our absolute favorite Maine eats, the lobster roll has been a staple in every seafood restaurant along our coast for years. Down East Magazine recently released an article examining the oral history of the lobster roll, and how this simple – yet delicious – seafood staple became what it is today.

The History

What many lobster lovers don’t realize is that this roll’s rise to fame is a recent one. 100 years ago, no one knew what a lobster roll was – not even the fishermen living in coastal Maine. It had been a part of “Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink” since 1937, but it wasn’t until the late 90s that this appetizing dish started to gain notoriety. Its stardom began shortly after its addition to the menu of the upscale Manhattan restaurant, Pearl Oyster Bar.

After its arrival in New York City, the lobster roll claimed Bon Appétit Magazine’s dish of the year title in 2006, and has continued to thrive in seafood restaurants and eateries across the country. Much like other regionally-known foods, the origins of the lobster roll are a bit fuzzy. Plenty of restaurants and individuals claim that they were the first to put lobster on a hot dog roll; some of whom aren’t even located in Maine!

But since we might never find out who first made this delicious and fun dinner dish, it’s time to continue on to the important part.

How do you make a lobster roll?

Check out our video for step-by-step instructions!

What can you pair it with?

The perfect dish for serving at a picnic or backyard bash, lobster rolls can be paired with chips, fries and almost every summer salad. Here are just a few recipes we recommend trying with your new favorite dish.

Now that you’re ready to put your own spin on the well-loved lobster roll, all that’s left to do is order your fresh Maine lobster meat. Located right on the coast of Maine, Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. has a fresh catch each day, shipped to you overnight for an authentic, gourmet taste.

Shop with us online or give us a call at 1-800-967-4268 to place your order. Happy cooking!

Foods that Help Keep Your Brain Sharp

healthy seafood dinnerWe all know we should eat healthy food to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. There are certain kinds of food that keep your heart strong, that lower cholesterol and that maintain strong bones. Did you know there are even foods that help nourish your brain and keep your memory sharp?

There are certain kinds of food – that you probably incorporate into your diet already – that help boost brainpower. According to articles published by U.S. News and BBC Good Food, the following are brain enhancing foods that can keep your memory sharp, improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of memory-related diseases like dementia.

Quality Carbs

We’re so quick to categorize pasta and breads as carbohydrates, but would you ever include fruits and vegetables in the same food group? Most likely not, but fruits and non-starchy vegetables are actually considered carbohydrates! And they’re good for your brain.

Seafood

Incorporating seafood like lobster and fish that are rich in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce your risk for dementia and improve brain health. The best part about fish is that it adds a great deal of protein to your diet that contains less saturated fat than what is found in red or processed meats.

Daily Dose of Produce

We’re going back to fruits and vegetables, but that’s just because they pack so many healthful brain-boosting nutrients and antioxidants! Broccoli for example, is packed with vitamin K which is known to boost brain sharpness and cognitive function. Next time you’re whipping up a seafood dinner, be sure to choose a recipe that incorporates fruits and veggies as well for an extra boost of nutrition.

Other brain-boosting snacks you can try include tomatoes, blueberries, whole grains, red peppers and pumpkin seeds. To keep your brain sharp and your belly full, place an order with Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. to get all the fresh seafood you are craving!

Pairing Mussels and Belgian Beer for Dinner

musselsWe recently discussed the possibility of pairing lobster and beer, and the flavorful response got us thinking about other seafood and beer combinations you can try. As we started researching, one recipe that kept popping up was Moules Fromage Bleu. And if you are a fan of Belgian beer, this simple yet decadent dinner option is the perfect one to whip up.

A traditional French dish that translates to bleu cheese mussels in English, it is fairly simple to make and great for enjoying with a cold craft beer. Whether you are planning a romantic night in with your partner or a dinner party with friends, this recipe will do the trick in wowing your companions’ taste buds.

Simmered in a pot with bacon, shallots, white wine and lemon juice, the mussels should be steamed until they start to open. Once this happens, it’s time to toss in the bleu cheese, allowing it to melt into the rich broth. Finally, baby spinach can be added when the mussels are completely open.

Topped with some extra cheese, a side of crusty French bread and your favorite beer, this dish is one that will wow family members and guests alike. For the complete recipe, click here.

Now that you are ready for your next seafood and brew pairing, all that’s left to do is pick up your favorite Belgian beer and order your fresh Maine blue mussels. Available at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., you can place your order for mussels online or by phone at 800-967-4268.

Five Ways to Cook Crab Meat (That Aren’t Crab Cakes)

crab rangoonsWhen it comes to making a meal from crab meat, crab cakes seem to reign supreme as the most popular dish to serve. But since we here at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. love to experiment with unique new ways of enjoying our favorite flavors from the ocean, we have found plenty of other ways to cook this crustacean.

From crab dip to crab salad here is just a small sample of the dishes you can make with a few pounds of crab meat.

Crab & Artichoke Dip

Add a little something extra to your classic artichoke dip recipe by adding some crab meat to the mix. Cheesy and golden brown, this appetizer can be paired with sourdough bread, baguette slices or crackers.

Click here to view the recipe.

Crab Stuffed Salmon

A mouthwatering combination of two gourmet seafood options, this crab stuffed salmon recipe is the perfect entrée for your next dinner party. So flavorful that your guests will think you put hours of work into this dish, all that it really requires is the addition of some simple seasonings and 20 minutes in the oven.

Click here to view the recipe.

Crab Rangoons

A crispy wonton appetizer that individuals of all ages will enjoy dipping in soy sauce and sweet & sour sauce, crab ragoons are a party pleaser that take just a half an hour to whip up. Fill wonton wrappers with the savory mixture of crab meat, cream cheese, garlic and onion, then pinch the edges closed. All that is left to do is fry up the wontons in a dutch oven and you have an appetizer guests will be begging you to make again.

Click here to view the recipe.

Crab Spaghetti

Much fancier than its name suggests, crab spaghetti is a simple yet satisfying way to enjoy a crab meat dinner with your family. Instead coving the crab meat flavor with a tomato sauce, FoodieCrush.com recommends making a lemon gremolata to top off this indulgent pasta dish.

Click here to view the recipe.

Golden Papaya & Crab Salad

This papaya and crab salad is a fresh, healthy dinner dish that we can picture ourselves enjoying outside on a balmy summer day. With sugar snap peas, red onions, papaya and lime, this is a healthy and fun alternative to traditional crab meat dishes.

Click here to view the recipe.

With so many delicious and unique new ways to incorporate crab into your dinner plans, all that is left to do is order your fresh Maine rock crab meat from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. and get cooking. With overnight shipping included with all purchases, you can enjoy one of these mouthwatering recipes as early as tomorrow!