Picture this: the sun is setting over the ocean as a warm breeze brings the fresh, salty smell of summer. Sipping on an ice-cold cocktail you settle down to a tantalizing dinner, discussing the day’s activities and looking forward to the next day of summer fun.
Not everyone can be at the beach this summer, but there is a way to bring the sea to you. Nothing says summertime quite like a seafood meal. And this season we’re cooking up the best, melt-in-your-mouth lobster you could possibly imagine.
How Should I Prepare My Lobster?
While it hasn’t always been the case, today lobster is known as a culinary luxury, and for good reason. This versatile crustacean is known for its soft, salty, and slightly sweet flesh. It’s a popular choice of seafood particularly in Maine where it has become synonymous with the state.
The way you prepare your lobster will depend on who you’re serving. There are so many incredible and impressive ways to serve up a dish of lobster. You could go for a buttery lobster roll or summery lobster pasta dish that will fit right in at a barbecue. Or you could opt for something a little fancier like garlic butter lobster tails with a side dish of new potatoes.
Let’s Get Steamy
We can all agree that lobster is delicious no matter how you prepare it. But if there’s one way to ensure it turns out tasty every time, it’s steaming. Steaming your lobster is a relatively quick and simple way to get the meat nice and soft while still retaining its signature flavor.
Steaming involves placing your lobster in a steaming basket or colander above some boiling water in a tightly sealed pot. So what’s the best way to go about it? Get yours particularly tasty by following these three tips for steaming lobster.
1. The Fresher the Better
If you’re opting to steam your lobsters you should definitely get them as fresh as possible. You might not think it makes a difference but you can taste whether or not a lobster is steamed fresh.
It’s recommended that you get them delivered live and overnight and get to cooking as soon as you can.
2. Get the Water Levels Right
You should always ensure that you have about two inches of water in your pot before you steam your lobsters. Too little and the water will boil away. Too much and it might cover the steaming basket in the pot, giving you boiled lobster instead of steamed.
3. Good Timing Is Essential
Steaming can be tricky if you don’t time the cooking process well. The lobsters will turn bright red when cooked all the way. When this happens, remove them from the steam and place them on ice. This stops the cooking process immediately so you don’t have to worry about overcooking.
Full Steam Ahead
Once you’ve removed your lobster from the steaming pot, it’s ready to serve! Enjoy it with a side dish of your choice and an appropriate summer cocktail or crisp glass of white wine. It really is as easy as that.
Don’t forget to check out our cooking tips section to get you in a summery mood for good food!