I have always been a little skeptical about lobster. Seriously, have you seen those things swimming at the grocery store? Who *wants* to cook those???
When I really think about it, those grocery store lobster kind of freak me out. I'd rather have my seafood at it's peak freshness, as in just caught and then I eat it. I think the reason I love seafood so much is because as a child my grandfather and I used to catch blue gills and fry them up an hour or two later for dinner. I grew up on the freshest seafood, so to me, there isn't much comparison. Sure, I'll buy fresh fish from my local grocer, but it's not as fresh as what I experienced tonight.
It's not truly fresh until you have to kill it yourself.
Ok, that was harsh. But true.
And not as hard (or bad) as you think!
I was lucky enough to have my first lobster cooking experience with the freshest Maine lobster, courtesy of the wonderful people at Lobster.com. They were even kind enough to throw in some dry scallops for us to try. When I say this was the *best* seafood I've ever had, I am not lying. The process was flawless. I placed my order, it was shipped overnight, and I cooked and ate it.
Here's how it came:
Along with the food came this handy dandy little "ditty bag" with instructions on how to cook all of the different seafood options that Lobster.com has to choose from. It was super handy...you know, since I had never cooked lobster before. Sure beats You Tube
The scallops only take about 3-4 minutes, so I waited until the second lobster was almost done and then started those. I sauteed them up in a little butter and olive oil, when they get a carmelized coat on them, they are ready to flip. Cook for another minute or so, you really, really, really don't want to overcook scallops. There is nothing worse than rubbery scallops!
I'd say I did pretty good!
You definitely need drawn butter to dip this deliciousness into. I used this recipe.
When all was said and done, this was my dinner, and it was fabulous.
If I can do this, you can do this!
What are some foods you're anxious to tackle??