Sometimes it’s nice to make dinner a special occasion for no reason whatsoever. After a particularly long day of running errands and doing all things domestic, my fiancé and I decided to treat ourselves and cook up some lobsters. Sorry, I mean…lobstahs. We prefer to eat our crustaceans in totally different ways: I like to eat mine right out of the shell with some butter, and he likes to turn his into a lobster roll.
So we headed to our favorite seafood shack, James Hook & Co, and grabbed a pair of 1¾ lb. beauties.
I feel like making lobsters can be really intimidating to people, but I promise, it’s easy. Like, really easy. Here are recipes for cooking them up and then, if preferred, making into a delicious roll.
- Lobsters (I think anywhere from 1– 1 ¾ lb. is great per person)
- One lemon (cut in half)
- Celery stalks
For rolls: (makes 1 serving)
- Hard white or wheat roll (not a hot dog bun, a non-New England-like personal preference)
- 1 tablespoon of low fat mayo
- ½ of an avocado (cut up into pieces)
- If desired, hot sauce to flavor (Sriracha, Tabasco or Cholula)
- 3 strips of bacon, cooked until crispy.
Cook the lobsters:
- Fill up a huge pot of water. Add in salt, two lemons halves, and celery stalks. It’s important to get the leafy part of the celery stalks in there, that’s where the flavor lives.
- Bring to a boil. Your pot should be really big, so bringing the water to a boil will take a while!
- Take the lobsters out of their bag, apologize to them for what’s about to go down, and then put in HEAD FIRST. If you don’t put in head first, you risk getting splashed by their tail in the hot water.
- If you are doing one lobster at a time, about 7 minutes should be the perfect amount of time. For two lobsters at the size mentioned above, about 12 minutes is good.
- Use tongs to pull out and put into a bowl to cool off.
- Melt two tablespoons of butter for dipping.
- Take out all of the meat, chop into small chunks, and put into a bowl. For tips on how to crack open and get the meat out, click here.
- Add mayo, preferred hot sauces and half of the avocado. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, slightly mashing the avocado as you go.
- Once the lobster meat is lightly coated, add the bacon.
- Toast the bun, and place lettuce down to serve as a bed for all the ingredients.
- Scoop the mixture onto the bun and voila!