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How to Cook Live Maine Lobster in Own Home?

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Lobster is one of the most sought after seafood in present times. There was a time when lobsters were not so popular, but with the rise in production and marketing, lobster these days enjoys huge popularity among seafood lovers around the world.

Nowadays, more and more people are turning to seafood because of their health benefits. Live lobster contains lots of nutrients and vitamins that are good for human body. People these days like to consume lobster tails more than whole lobster because they are easy to cook, less expensive and contain a large amount of meat. However, for the best quality lobster dishes, one should always go for Maine lobster, as they are considered to be the superior in quality and taste.

Here are some cooking tips to help you prepare delicious lobster tails to please your taste buds.

If you are planning for a lobster dinner at your home, it is suggested to buy fresh lobster online, as they guarantee you of best-quality lobster. You should at first thaw the lobster by placing them in the refrigerator for about 10 hours before cooking.

Broiling or Baking Maine Lobster Tails

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  • At first, preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • With a sharp and heavy chef’s knife, cut small amount of the meat from the shell, place it on top of lobster’s shell by lifting up. Keep in mind not to cut the entire length of shell. You can leave the tail flap and about an inch above the shell intact.
  • Take apart all of the meat content from shell but do not separate the meat of intact area at the tail.
  • Now, allow the meat to rest on top of shell by closing it under the meat
  • You can season the tail the way you like it, whether by olive oil or butter, or lemon and dill.
  • Cook the lobster tails according to the quantity of meat, 1 ½ minutes for every ounce, at 375 degrees. It means that you need to cook for 12 minutes for 8 ounces, 15 minutes for 10 ounces, 18 minutes for 12 ounces.
  • Prefer warm olive oil or warm butter with lemon for serving. You can also eat plain.

Grilling Maine Lobster Tails

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  • At first, you require to set the grill to medium heat. If you are using charcoal, spread out the coals to create intense heat on one area and one cooler area.
  • Place butter or olive oil on the lobster tail and brush evenly. You may also use your favorite seasonings like minced garlic, pepper, lemon, salt for seasoning.
  • Place the meat side down first and grill for about three to five minutes. Now, you can flip over the tail for another three to five minutes. Make sure to take away the tail from open flames to avoid burning. When the meat turns opaque, consider lobster tails as done.

Lobster tails can also be prepared through other processes, such as boiling and pan searing. However, for cooking through any process, make sure to find fresh lobster only, you can buy them at online stores.

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Scrumptious Seafood Dishes that can be rustled up in a Jiffy

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Seafood is a favorite amongst foodies all over the world. Seafood has a fresh yet delicious flavor and brings out the characteristics of the sea. The texture and flavor of various seafood items are unique and loved by most gourmands and connoisseurs of good food. Seafood is not just limited to different sorts of fish. Seafood also includes shrimps, prawns, lobsters, crabs, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams, squids and many more.

Getting it Right

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To bring out the best flavors in seafood items, they need to be cooked just right. The trick to make the perfect seafood dish is to use all the right ingredients. You shouldn’t use overpowering or strong ingredients for they drown out the flavors of the seafood item. You shouldn’t use ingredients that are too mild for they will make your dish bland. You need to balance the ingredients in such a way that the seafood item tastes even better.

Recipes to Try Out

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There are hundreds of delicious seafood recipes you can try making. Some of the yummy dishes that you can try making are, Grilled Halibut with Peach and Pepper Salsa, Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, Southwestern-Style Shrimp Taco Salad, Seared Scallops with Warm Tuscan Beans, Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade, Scallop Piccata with Sautéed Spinach, Mussels in Tomato-Wine Broth, Simple Lobster Risotto, Spicy Corn and Crab Chowder, Paella Valencia, Cioppino-Style Seafood Stew, Shrimp-Stuffed Shells, and many more.

Health Benefits

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These dishes are more or less simple to make and require ingredients that enhance the flavor of the fish or other seafood item. Seafood is also extremely healthy as it is low in calories and fat and high in protein. In fact, seafood is also considered to be the healthiest animal protein. Seafood is rich in a fatty acid called Omega 3 and minerals like selenium and magnesium. There are various other nutrients that seafood is rich in. However, if seafood is deep fried, it will no longer remain low in calories and fat. Seafood is healthiest when grilled, steamed, boiled, broiled or baked. However, if they are cooked in moderate amount of oil, it can still be considered as healthy.

Seafood dishes need to be prepared with care. In case you want to cook delicious and yummy recipes, you can look up easy recipes online and cook them to perfection. Seafood is one of the tastiest food items on the face of earth and it needs to be cooked well to taste good.

A Couple of Quick Seafood Dinner Ideas for Your Party

When it comes to celebrations, including a seafood dish in the menu is must. Whether it is a success party, anniversary, birthday party or just the friends’ rendezvous, sea foods add spice to the party menu. Various kinds of sea foods are found and eaten around the world. Some of the most consumed sea foods are lobsters, mussels, shrimps, crabs, oysters, etc.

Having a seafood dinner to prepare? The best thing about seafood dishes is they can be made fast and quick. It takes you only a few minutes to come up with a delicious seafood dinner. Here is a couple of quick seafood dinner ideas that you will like to incorporate while planning for a seafood dinner with your loved ones.

Shrimp Cajun Magic If you want to experience the real taste of shrimp, prepare Cajun Magic as it is being suggested below.

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Ingredients

  • Butter, 1 cup
  • Chopped onion, 1
  • Minced garlic, 2 cloves
  • Red pepper, 1 tsp crushed
  • Black pepper, 1 tsp
  • Thyme, ½ tsp
  • Rosemary, ½ tsp
  • Oregano, ¼ tsp
  • Worcestshire sauce, 1 tsp
  • Chicken broth, ½ cup
  • Beer, ½ cup
  • French bread, for dipping
  • Cooked white rice to serve on
  • Shrimp, 1 lb, large

How to Prepare?

Take a skillet and melt half of butter in it. Now, add onion and next nine ingredients along with shrimp. Cook for almost 1 minute by constantly stirring and mix in the remaining chicken broth and butter. Then, you need to cook the mixture for 2 to 5 minutes before and after stirring in beer. Now, place the skillet on table with rice and bread. Let others serve themselves.

Cheddar Biscuits Another seafood dinner to try is cheddar biscuits, which could be an ultimate addition to your homemade lobster feast. Take a look at the recipe.

Ingredients

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  • Bisquick, buttermilk baking mix, 2 cups
  • Cheddar cheese, 2/3 cup sharply shredded
  • Milk, 2/3 cup
  • Melted butter, 1/4 cup
  • Garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon

How to Prepare?

You need to preheat the oven to 450 degrees and then, mix in cheese, biscuit mix and milk in a bowl. Now, form soft dough and knead it for 10 times. Spoon the dough over a non-greased cookie sheet and bake it for almost 8 to 10 minutes. When it turns golden brown, dress the hot biscuits with melted butter. Sprinkle the garlic powder before serving it to your guests.

There are more quick seafood dinner ideas, which you can get on the website of some online food retailer.