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Old 06-18-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Lobster - Trying to serve two different ways?

I am making a meal this evening in which I will or want to serve a steamed lobster tail, and the claw which will be pan fried (hopefully leaving the claw part on the end for aesthetics.

What is the best way to achieve this from a whole lobster? I would also like to kill the lobster as humanely as possible if possible.

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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One other question or comment to this.

I am thinking that I will slightly undercook the lobster while steaming. Remove the lobster and prep the tail to be finished under the broiler. Before broiling though I will remove the claws and pan fry. How long should i broil the lobster and will i lose quality in the meantime before broiling?
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Tonight's meal: Pan fried lobster claw with mango puree yolk, cucumber and avocado salad with mint caviar , steamed lobster tail served in shell with garlic butter, and fruit frozen in time (fresh berries and lavender in a sparkling Riesling)
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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For something very attractive, and appetizing, check this out - Lobster Aspic - Panoramio - Photo of Lobster Aspic in Paris

Of course, there are a host of recipes on line for this dish, each with a different look and flavor profile. All you need is a pretty gelatine mold to make it work.

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Can't load pic in my office. Will check it out tonight. After more reading though I think the answer is to steam (time by weight) and then make my cut down the middle of tail, brush with butter and broil 6-8 min. Will give me time to crack the claw and season too.

Will post pics tomorrow or Wednesday!
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #5
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If you want to sautee lobster it needs to have the shell removed first.

I'd steam or boil the claws in the shell, personally.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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Can't load pic in my office. Will check it out tonight. After more reading though I think the answer is to steam (time by weight) and then make my cut down the middle of tail, brush with butter and broil 6-8 min. Will give me time to crack the claw and season too.

Will post pics tomorrow or Wednesday!
The presentation you describe cries out for a stuffing to be placed in the split tail. I have seen, had, and made this presentation. It always goes over great, especially when grilled after the stuffing is inserted. Stuffing can be something liek a good rice pilaf, or bread dressing (seasoned with old Bay), or any combination of sauteed veggies that go with lobster. When it's all done, you can dress it with a lobster flavored veloute, or even a clam veloute (combine a roux with flavored broth, in this case clam or lobster (water used to steam the lobster will be well flavored, and just need a bit of seasoning).

Alternately, you can make a glaze of flavored broth, thickened with cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch slurry. Again season to taste.

Coconut is also a flavor that goes very well with lobster.

Just some ideas for you.

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For a very rich tasting lobster stuffing, crushed Ritz style crackers, sherry, butter and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Fill the body cavity of the uncooked lobster, cover with lettuce leaves and broil. The lettuce leaves keep the stuffing from burning.

If you stuff the lobster, it's better not to boil it first. Don't cook it twice or it'll get tough. Broiling only takes about 15 minutes.
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I am making a meal this evening in which I will or want to serve a steamed lobster tail, and the claw which will be pan fried (hopefully leaving the claw part on the end for aesthetics.

What is the best way to achieve this from a whole lobster? I would also like to kill the lobster as humanely as possible if possible.

Thanks,
Kenton
Welcome, Kenton.

Your dishes sound lovely. If I understand your question... cook the lobster whole, then break it up - claws, tail, etc. For cooking time, I would go by the pound. You will find some guides on line.

Re killing the lobster humanely, if you don't wish to plunge it head first into boiling water, or plunge the tip of a sharp knife behind the lobster's eyes, put it in the freezer for an hour before cooking.

"Research indicates the lobster has no central nervous system or cerebral cortex to register stimuli, thus the creature mostly likely can feel no pain."
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:54 PM   #9
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chief, you're awesome! great ideas. lobster aspic? genius.

how does a guy from the middle of a giant continent, thousands of miles from a sea, know so much about those delicious monsters.

for my dos centavos, i'd split and sautee the halves in a garlic, ginger, minced sweet red pepper, and thai basil oil , and another simply steamed, cracked, and doused in clarified butter.
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chief, you're awesome! great ideas. lobster aspic? genius.

how does a guy from the middle of a giant continent, thousands of miles from a sea, know so much about those delicious monsters.

for my dos centavos, i'd split and sautee the halves in a garlic, ginger, minced sweet red pepper, and thai basil oil , and another simply steamed, cracked, and doused in clarified butter.
My freind, I may be a Yooper born and bred, but I have traveled. I lived in San Diego for ten years. I've been in San Francisco, and camped and fished in the High Sierra's. I've lived in Spokane Wa, and in Millington Tn, just outside of Memphis. Iv'e experienced the many and varied dates of 29 Palms. I have cousins in Maryland, and have visited them. I know what soft-shelled crabs are. I've eaten fabulous meals in the Phillipines, in Australia, in China, Hawaii, Japan, and Korea. In each country, I looked for the foods that were eaten by the locals, not restaurant fare. I'm always looking for something new and interesting. I ahd to get out of the U.S. Navy due to my love for my family, and not willing to be on a ship while my kids grew up without me. But I took advantage of every opportunity to explore every place I went to while in the service.

The idea for the lobster aspic came from eating a tomato aspic in the San Diego area, at a fellow church member's home. It had shrimp in it and I was greatly impressed. I recently contacted the woman who served it, and she stated that she had borrowed the recipe from a freind and didn't have it anymore. So I looked for all things aspic. I enjoy them, and don't get to eat them nearly often enough. But I do know them, and appreciate them.

I am now trying to develop a secret aspic of sorts to assist me in one of my hobbies. But like I said, it's a secret recipe, still in development.

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