I love lobster! Unfortunately, on the West Coast, it is a luxury. Our East Coast friends are lucky as past year the prices dipped down to $4.99 a pound. I would have been indulging all the time! Occasionally, you need to treat yourself, and making lobster at home is less expensive then hitting Joe’s Lobster Shack.
One of my most memorable meals was a lobster dish I had back in Boston. Not at a fancy restaurant, rather it was prepared by my brother in-law. The lobster was boiled; but, the sauce served along side the meat was outstanding. I was use to enjoying lobster dipped into melted butter, which I still find enjoyable, but, this spicy Portuguese sauce that Joe served was out of this world. To this day, I can close my eyes, picture sitting at his table and still savor every bite. The sauce is made with simple ingredients, yellow onion, crushed red pepper, garlic and olive oil. Simple, but memorable.
The key to cooking a perfect lobster is to use a fresh (live) lobster and not to over cook it. If you over cook it, the meat will come out tough and rubbery. You want your lobster meat to be silky and buttery. I lightly season the boiling water with only fresh lemon as I do not want anything else to over power the delicate flesh. Then I plunge the live lobster into the water. After the lobster has turned a brilliant bright red, it is time to drain the water from the shell. I simple place the lobster in a colander in the sink, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, I remove the meat and gently fold it into the spicy sauce. Perfection!
Next time you have a craving for lobster, try something different, and wow your dinner guests with this amazing recipe!
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