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?

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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.

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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

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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.


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, 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!

Five Lobster Recipes Your Kids Will Love

lobster pot pieOne of the biggest struggles for parents with young children is getting them to eat new foods. And if you are looking for a way to introduce lobster to your picky eaters, serving it up boiled probably isn’t the best way. Luckily, there are lots of creative and kid-friendly ways to enjoy the distinctive flavors of lobster and ease your children into a seafood-loving mindset.

Whether your child’s favorite dish is mashed potatoes or grilled cheese, there is a delicious way to add lobster to the mix. Try one of our five go-to lobster recipes for kids and watch as your family enjoys every last bite of their flavorful meal.

Lobster Mashed Potatoes

Every kid’s favorite side dish, mashed potatoes can only be enhanced with the flavor of lobster. And this gourmet mashed potato recipe is one of the best. Mixed with cheese and topped with a creamy lobster sauce it is sure to become a family favorite.

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

With all your favorite cheeses, fun shaped pasta and golden brown breadcrumbs on top, this mac and cheese dish can be served for lunch or a dinner side. Simple to make as much more fun than boxed mac and cheese, your children will be begging to know your secret ingredient.

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster Potato Salad

Looking for something fun to pair with this summer’s hamburgers and hot dogs? Lobster potato salad is the perfect companion! Prepared in under an hour, this dish is easy to make and sure to be enjoyed by family members of all ages. A great option for your next picnic or summer get-together, all the other parents will want this recipe after they watch their children chow down on it.

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster Pot Pies

Baked in adorable individual bowls, your kids are sure to be charmed by these child-sized dishes. The lobster bisque is prepared with corn, potatoes, carrots and (of course) lobster meat, then topped with a fluffy pastry covering. Just be sure to give them plenty of time to cool before letting your little ones dig in.

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster Grilled Cheese

A twist on every child’s favorite sandwich, this lobster grilled cheese looks absolutely incredible. What could be better than a fluffy roll with melted cheddar cheese and lobster tails inside?

The original recipe calls for garlic and red pepper flakes, but if you aren’t sure your little ones will enjoy the added heat, we recommend taking these ingredients out.

Click here to view the recipe.

Now that you have some delicious lobster recipe ideas your whole family is sure to enjoy, all that’s left to do is order some fresh Maine lobster from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. and get cooking.

Have a great, kid-friendly lobster dish of your own? Please share it in the comments section below!

Meals to Celebrate National Lobster Day With

National Lobster Day recipesTomorrow is National Lobster Day and we at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. can’t think of a better excuse to treat oneself to a lobster dinner! We aren’t quite sure where this special day got its start, but that isn’t going to stop us from celebrating. The rich, gourmet flavors of lobster should be enjoyed at every opportunity, and shouldn’t just be limited to traditional recipes.

To properly celebrate National Lobster Day, we have put together a list of some delicious – and completely unique – lobster recipes for you to try.

Lobster Pot Pie

Cooked in 8 oz. ramekins and paired with a crisp summer salad, lobster pot pies are the perfect way to introduce this gourmet crustacean to your children. Prep should take less than thirty minutes, and then all you have to do is pour the mixture into your tiny pots and bake for 20 minutes – giving you plenty of time to toss together your salad.

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster Burgers

Searching for a lobster recipe that can be paired with your favorite beer and enjoyed on the back patio? Look no further than the lobster burger. A combination of lobster meat, shrimp, seasonings and bread crumbs, this burger is a mouthwatering seafood sensation. Topped with bacon, avocado and a flavorful basil corn and peach salsa, it makes for an unforgettable meal.

Click here to view the recipe.

Blue Cheese Lobster Beignets

This scrumptious lobster appetizer is the perfect way to begin a family dinner – with spicy avocado cream and a garden vegetable sauté on the side! Filled with lobster meat, cream cheese and blue cheese, these beignets are fried perfection.

Click here to view the recipe.

Lobster Hash

Whether you are looking to incorporate lobster into your breakfast plan or are a fan of doing breakfast for dinner, lobster hash is the way to go! A hearty combination of red potatoes, lobster meat, onions and parsley, the toughest part of this recipe is being able to flip your over easy egg.

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With all these scrumptious looking lobster options for you to choose from, what will you serve up for National Lobster Day? Share your favorite lobster recipe with us in the comments section below, and place your order for fresh Main lobster online or by phone at 1-800-967-4268.

Hosting an Incredible Independence Day Lobster Boil

Fourth of July RecipesWhen it comes to summer celebrations, there is no party quite as exciting as the one you hold on the Fourth of July. And when it comes to summer seafood dishes, there is nothing more delicious than a good Maine-inspired lobster boil.

Combine the two together and you are bound to have an Independence Day celebration to remember!

Patriotic Decorations

Your decorating options are endless when preparing for an Independence Day celebration, and we at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. love the idea of personalizing every aspect of your party to match its red, white and blue theme. On top of arming children with brightly colored pinwheels and miniature flags, why not add some flair to your appetizer and dessert spreads?

This DIY garland is perfect for decorating any table and these cloth decoupage trays can hold all of your delicious appetizer and dessert options.

All-American Appetizers

Barbecued Bacon Shrimp

Is there any food that Americans love more than bacon? Probably not – which is why we are sure that your summertime guests will be happy to munch on these flavorful barbecued bacon shrimp appetizers before your lobster boil is ready.

The best part about this appetizer is that it can be cooked right on the grill! This way you don’t have to go inside to prepare food while everyone else is celebrating outdoors.

Click here for the recipe.

Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

A colorful side dish that will taste delicious when paired with your barbecued bacon shrimp, this potato salad is both appealing to the eyes and the stomach.

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Shrimp Cocktail Deviled Eggs

Another all-American favorite, deviled eggs can only be made tastier with shrimp on top! We recommend garnishing with paprika and serving with a side of cocktail sauce for dipping.

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Star Spangled Lobster Boil

A combination of some of the best flavors of summer, what is more festive than a lobster boil for Independence Day? This one pot meal has rich and succulent lobster, flavorful clams, sweet corn on the cob and delicious smoked kielbasa sausages.

All you need is a large pot, the above ingredients and 20 minutes of time! Quick to cook, yet completely memorable for your friends and family members to enjoy, this Maine favorite is much more fun than grilling the classic hot dogs and hamburgers.

Click here for the recipe.

Red, White and Blue Desserts

Still have room for dessert after your delicious seafood meal? We have a few red, white and blue options that guests of all ages will love!

Ice Cream Pie

The perfect dish to end a hot, sunny day with, this ice cream pie is colorful and fun, with some of the best flavors of summer inside. Good Housekeeping’s Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Pie is filled with strawberry and vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet, and blueberry sauce; a berry-licious treat that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Click here for the recipe.

American Flag Pie

Another berry dish with impeccable presentation, Colors  + Crafts American Flag Pie is easier to make then it looks. Filled with cherries, strawberries and blueberries, it is an edible interpretation of the stars and stripes!

Click here for the recipe.

Now that you have all the recipes you need to make your Fourth of July decorating, cooking and baking a success, all that’s left to do is pick up your ingredients. Here at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. we have all your fresh Maine seafood needs covered with live Maine lobster, shrimp, clams and more available with free overnight shipping. Shop with us online or by phone at 1-800-967-4268 to order all the necessities for your Fourth of July feast.

Happy Fourth of July!

Five Seafood Recipes to Try This Summer

summer seafood recipesHere at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., some of our favorite things about summer are barbecues, afternoons by the pool, and – you guessed it – delicious seafood dinners. There are few things more relaxing than sitting on your porch or patio during the cool evening hours, enjoying a flavorful dish of lobster, shrimp or fish.

But with so many incredible summer seafood recipes to consider, it can be difficult to decide which one to try first. To narrow down your options, we have put together a list of five of our favorite summer seafood recipes, perfect for serving at backyard barbecues, family get-togethers and everyday meals.

Lobster BLT’s

A light dinner that family members of all ages will love, the BLT sandwich can only be made better with lobster tails, avocado and creamy garlic mustard on top! This particular recipe calls for poached lobster tails, but we are sure that this sandwich will be unbeatable regardless of how you choose to prepare your lobster meat.

Just don’t forget to pick up a delicious loaf of artisan bread to really tie your lobster BLT’s together.

Click here to view the full recipe.

Crab Toast

A delicate appetizer that guests will enjoy munching on while mingling in your backyard, crab toast is simple to make and absolutely delicious to eat. Topped with jalapenos and spritzed with lemon juice, they have just enough kick to make them memorable and unique.

Click here to view the full recipe.

Lobster Pasta Salad

A cold pasta salad ideal for bringing to this summer’s family picnic, the lobster pasta salad is a gourmet treat your friends and family members will be happy to dig into. With a tart dill and sour cream dressing, the rich flavor of lobster and the sweetness of corn are perfectly balanced.

Trust us; this is one recipe friends will ask for over and over again.

Click here to view the full recipe.

Mango-Glazed Salmon

Feel like firing up the grill one summer evening? Mango-glazed salmon is a mouthwatering treat your family will be crowding around to get a glimpse of. Marinated overnight, this sweet dish takes less than 20 minutes to actually cook.

Once the salmon is grilled through, just top with some mango-orange salsa and enjoy!

Click here to view the full recipe.

Lobster Salad

Visually appealing and extraordinarily fresh – this lobster salad is a must-make meal during the hottest days of summer. Filled with veggies like tomatoes, avocados and corn, there will be colors galore sprinkled among the salad’s greenery.

Once you have all your ingredients mixed together, top with cooked lobster meat or grilled lobster tails for some flavor and flair.

Click here to view the full recipe.

Now that you have some seafood recipes perfect for the hot summer season, it’s time to order your fresh Maine lobster, shrimp, salmon and crab, and then call your friends to invite them over for an outdoor bash.