A lobster is a fine treat for any occasion, but observing National Lobster Day gives you a special reason to enjoy those crustacean delights. National Lobster Day celebrated on the 15th of June each year might not be an official holiday as far as work is concerned but you can make merry all the same with a groovy lobster concoction.
So, where do you get your live lobster on National Lobster Day? Do you just hop down to your neighborhood supermarket and buy one that has been struggling for survival in a tank or do you go online and get a fresh live lobster straight off the coast of Maine? If you’re really keen on getting the perfect lobster to grace your dinner table overlook about the supermarket. The poor creature at your shop has probably lost most of its meat in its scuffle to remain alive. Instead, go on the internet and decide on a meaty lobster that will get to your doorstep alive and kicking. What’s more, you can pick one with all the trimmings like lobster bibs, clams, steamers, little necks, napkins and forks to mention a few.
Now that you know where to get fresh live lobsters, you probably need help whipping up a tasty lobster delight to commemorate the occasion. There are several ways to cook lobsters. You can boil them, steam them, grill or bake them. But no matter which way you opt to go, the end result is always spectacular.
Here are some tips to cook that perfect lobster on National Lobster Day.
Boiling is the easiest and most popular method of cooking live lobsters. All you’ve got to do is to fill a large pot with three quarters of water and proceed to boil this water. Dip the lobsters in headfirst and submerge them completely. You can tell if the lobster is cooked when it turns red and you can pull out its antennae easily.
If you intend steaming your lobster on National Lobster Day, here’s how you go about doing it. Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of salted water and bring to a boil. Dip in the live lobster and cover the kettle. Steam for about 13-20 minutes depending on how much the lobster weighs.
To grill a lobster, fill a kettle half full with salted water. Dip the live lobsters and boil for a few minutes only. Crack the claws and use a knife to split the tails near the ribs. Put them on a grill for about 10 minutes and flip them so that both sides get grilled nicely. Garnish with juicy lemons and serve hot.
Should you intend baking a lobster, you will have to kill it first. Split the lobster lengthwise and remove the yellow sac from the surfaces of the head. Detach the claws, place them on a baking pan and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove the baking pan in the oven and add the halves of the lobster with their fleshy sides up.
National Lobster Day might not be as important as Christmas, Thanksgiving or a marriage. But nevertheless if you love eating lobsters, it gives you another excuse to celebrate and savor this wonderful specimen.