The Memorial Day Holiday barbecue is often viewed as the traditional start of summer, that time of year when the beach, boats, friends and family all beckon to start the beginning of a great season. Why not try something special for Memorial Day 2017 by serving fresh Maine lobster cooked on the grill using our super-easy grilled lobster recipe.
Grilling whole lobster adds a lot of flavor. The grill brings out the sweet taste of the
Grilled whole Maine lobster
lobster meat but also adds a whole new dimension of flavor that you won’t get if you steam or boil the lobster. Grilled lobster also complements nicely any other seafood on the grill as well as meats and grilled vegetables. Grilling whole lobster is fast and easy and will be a crowd pleaser. So let’s get started.
First, you must start with fresh Maine lobster from your fish market or favorite lobster delivery service. Be sure to ask for hard-shell lobster as opposed to soft shell, or “new shell” lobster. Soft-shell lobster meat is often to stringy to hold together on the grill and won’t taste nearly as good. Hard-shell lobster is best.
Grilled Lobster Recipe
Grilling lobster adds a lot of flavor. Try this whole lobster recipe at your Memorial Day Holiday barbecue. Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 pound butter
1/2 cup fresh basil chopped and pressed firmly into cup
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 (1.25 pound) whole lobsters (hard shell)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Combine the butter, basil, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pack the mixture into a medium ramekin, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Split the lobsters in half lengthwise. Bring the knife down through the tail, making sure to cut just through the meat and to leave the shell connected.
Lay the lobster open, leaving the two halves slightly attached. Break the claws and legs off and crack slightly with the knife handle. Place the claws and legs on the grill over medium low heat and cover with a pie pan. Cook the claws and legs for 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Next brush the lobster bodies with the oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place them flesh side down on the grill over medium heat. Grill 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the lobsters and slather with all the basil butter.
Why not also add Steamers to your Holiday Barbecue?
Fresh Steamers and Little Necks
Maine Steamer Clams with ButterTender Sword Fish Steaks
As we all travel this Memorial Day Weekend 2016 to be with friends and family and sit down to enjoy our meals, be sure to remember our veterans and those service members still serving so far away.
This time of Summer theCape Cod“Day Boat” fishermen are arriving back in port each day carrying their precious catch of seafood treasure: the tender, sweetCapesea scallop. All summer these small commercial vessels – or Day Boats – harvest fromCape CodandNantucketBaythe precious Capesea scallop that locals love.
Chef’s all overNew Englandprize the delicate,Capesea scallop for its exceptional delicious flavor and plumpness. The day boat scallops are a true renowned delicacy. No where else in the world can these clean, sweet, succulent scallops be found.
Recipe: Cape Cod Scallops a Treasure of Delicacy
From June or July through early Fall the day boats will harvest the wild-caught scallops from the pristineCape Cod andNantucket bay waters and sell them straight to local buyers where the scallops are processed and sent out to fine restaurants and seafood retailers. As popular as Maine Lobster this time of year, the scallops are so prized by locals, that mostCapesea scallops never get the chance to leaveNew England. Cape CodandBostonrestaurants have a long standing tradition of offering freshly caughtCapesea scallops.
Scallops can be prepared in a pan, fried, broiled or used to make the best Maine bake stuffed lobster ever. Fresh scallops used in the stuffing is a real lobster lover treat!
Order Atlantic Scallops Online
So what is the solution for those seafood lovers that can’t get toCape Codthis summer?
Thanks to a seafood online delivery services fresh day boat Cape scallops can now be ordered and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.
The Lobsters-Online.Com fulfillment facility — located in Bourne,MassachusettsonCape Cod— processes the day boat scallops by hand.
“Our sea scallops are true “day boats” sourced daily fromProvincetownHarboronCape Cod,” said Dan Brandt, the Lobster Trap Company domestic seafood buying manager. “The scallops are all natural, shipped dry and chemical free. They are hand shucked and shipped within 24 hours. Our scallops are never processed, treated, or frozen ensuring they are as fresh as if you caught them yourself!”
Scallop Recipe Require Few Ingredients
These sea scallops are so flavorful on their own that local chefs will tell you that if you add more than two ingredients to your recipe, “it’s too much.” Capescallops can be baked, broiled, sautéed or fried. Many folks simply use a hot pan with a bit of butter. Just pat the scallops dry and drop them in a hot pan and let them sizzle for a minute. (Careful: the scallops cook really fast.)
Indeed, the day boat scallops are so highly prized by locals that they are celebrated each September at the Cape Cod Scallop Fest onCape Cod. This year’s event begins Sept. 22, 2017 and will be held at the East Falmouth Fair Grounds. More than 55,000 people are expected to partake in sea scallop dinners, raw bars, craft shows and non stop music.
It’s hard to improve upon the traditional Boston and Maine lobster roll recipe. The lobster roll that you can experience in any of the numerous lobster shacks and seafood restaurants that inhabit the Massachusetts coast line. Sometimes simple is just simply the best and there is just no reason to change anything. Nothing is better than the pure, sweet taste of lobster.
As the old adage says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
But there are a couple of tricks if you want authenticity. You must use fresh, live Maine lobster. And if you want an overflowing lobster roll you can eat with a fork, plan on one 1 ¼ pound lobster per roll. And if at all possible, make sure you use New England style split top hot dog buns (with the cut sides) as the roll’s flavor explodes when toasted on a grill or skillet.
Boston lobster roll on New England style top loading bun
For two people, order two 1 ¼ pound lobster online for home delivery or get them from your local fish market. Steam the lobster in a large kettle with steaming rack filled with about two-to-three inches of cold water. Add two tablespoons of sea salt and bring water to roiling boil. Place the lobster head first into the kettle and steam about 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove the lobster and open the cooked tail, claws, knuckles and legs with a large chef’s knife. Remove any cartilage or veins from the tail.
Chop the meat from two 1 ¼ pound lobster into small chunks
Two tablespoons of mayonnaise (one per lobster)
4 lemon wedges (served on the side)
1 medium stalk of celery, finely diced
Fresh ground pepper
Potato chips and pickle for serving
Mix the lobster meat and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Use just enough mayonnaise to coat the meat but not so much that it is holding the meat together
Grind in two or three grinds of pepper. You don’t need much
Add in the celery and mix again
Cover and chill for at least an hour
After the mixture has chilled, pre-heat the grill or an iron skillet
Spread softened butter on both sides of each roll
Over medium heat, toast the buns on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown
Fill each toasted roll to overflowing and serve immediately with lemon wedge, chips and pickle
Note: To add a little extra spice to the Boston lobster roll recipe, chop up two scallions and add it to the mixture along with a dash of cayenne