Summertime and Lobster Rolls

Ever since my trip to Boston last year I have been craving a lobster roll! Unfortunately, living in Texas you aren’t always thinking lobster for dinner, especially due to the steep price tag. Then every once in a while, like Christmas in August, a local seafood market offers up a fantastic reason to eat lobster for dinner…Lobster Sale!!!

Monday morning I came in to work with a lovely gift in my inbox, Central Market was having a sale on live Main Lobsters for $9.99 a pound. There’s only one thing you do when you get an email like that, you re-plan your meal for that evening, jump in your car, and get some lobster! So with a beautiful 1 3/4 pound live Main Lobster and Canadian Lobster Tail in tow the evening’s meal became crystal clear in my mind!!!

The one thing I’ve learned about lobster is that when you get the glorious chance of eating it you want to taste it. There are a million recipes out there for some pretty fancy lobster rolls, and don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’re fantastic, but with all those ingredients the lobster can get lost in the mix. So I put together a very simple lobster salad on a toasted buttery bun (mine is very toasted) that I must say, was to die for! As usual, when I make up a recipe I don’t measure, so follow the ingredients as you may, and don’t be afraid to lighten it or add as much as you want. Remember, less is more with lobster!


Quick & Easy Lobster Rolls


Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steamed lobster meat, chopped in small chunks (meat from around 2 pds of lobster)
  • 1/4 cup of light mayonnaise
  • the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbls celery, small dice
  • 2 tbls green onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbls butter, melted
  • 2 hot dog buns

*Note: The lobster was steamed at the fish market! I have yet to take on a live lobster on my own…next time for sure! 🙂

Remove the lobster meat from the shell and chop in to small chunks. Combine the next 5 ingredients, through the salt and pepper, in a medium size bowl. If the lobster meat was not already chilled, combine ingredients then chill in the refrigerator.

Lightly coat the top of the hot dog buns with the melted butter and toast until desired level of crispness.

Fill the hot dog buns with the lobster and voila! Enjoy!!


Having a few delicious sides always rounds out a perfect lobster roll meal!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, washed
  • canola oil to coat
  • 1 tbls chili powder
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut the potatoes in to quarters and slice in to half moons. Combine the potatoes and next three ingredients in a large bowl until the potatoes are well coated.

Place the potatoes on an even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes.


Fresh Arugula Salad

  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tbls red wine vinegar
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped oregano
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh arugula

*Note: I used Fresh arugula from my garden so the leaves were quite large, small arugula will work just as well.

Whisk together first six ingredients in a small bowl through salt and pepper.

Combine the vinaigrette and arugula in a large bowl and combine until leaves are well coated.


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The opening photograph comes courtesy of Beach & Seafood Vintage Signs

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2 responses

  1. This post is making me so hungry. All I can think about is how fresh they tasted right out of the tank…OMG I need more! Top 5 all time favorite meal you’ve made babe.

  2. As an ex- New Englander living west of Ft. Worth, I must commend you for getting the lobster roll experience spot on! You could even ditch the onion and lettuce and be even happier. And I’m pouting because I did not get in on Central Market’s great deal but now I’ll be obsessed with good cold water lobster for days.

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