10 Superb Lobster Recipes for the Steamy Days of Summer
Perhaps it's all those people vacationing in Cape Cod or Nantucket, posting those mouthwatering food photos to Instagram, that's subliminally making us dream of lobster.
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Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect season for a traditional lobster dinner — be it grilled, steamed or stuffed into a buttery roll.
But there's more than one way to cook a crustacean.
Try one of the following twists on the New England classic. (And if you're still in the mood for a traditional dish, check out the video above for the secret to making some mouthwatering lobster rolls.)
Lobster Eggs Benedict
Instead of classic eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, make this rich dish even richer with lobster. The Bite House's version of this brunch staple incorporates poached eggs, cooked lobster meat, and a toasted English muffin. Top it off with traditional hollandaise sauce for an unforgettable Sunday morning treat.
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(The Bite House Blog)
Warm Maine Lobster Dip
This unique dip is best served piping hot. Malcolm Bedell at From Away adds hot sauce and a bit of crunch to dress his recipe up. We'd ask what could be better than toasted bread and fresh lobster, but the addition of melted cheese really takes this recipe over the top.
Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is everyone's favorite comfort food. But there's nothing wrong with adding a dash of panache. Andrea Bartholomew from The Framed Table uses two pounds of lobster and mixes it with Dubliner cheese, pasta and milk, then tops it with bread crumbs for extra crunch.
RECIPE: Beer Mac And Cheese
(The Framed Table)
Lobster Grilled Cheese
Cheese, lobster and bread — all the components of a meal that will steal your heart. Bob Deutscher from BS' In The Kitchen recommends a mix of gruyere, gouda and cheddar cheese for the strongest flavor. He also suggests using mayo, lemon juice and seasonings to complete this easy-to-make (and even easier-to-eat) sandwich. Cut off the crust while you're at it. We know your inner child wants to.
(BS' in The Kitchen)
'Summer is Almost Here' Lobster Salad
A healthier way to serve lobster, this "Summer is Almost Here" salad is topped with a tangy lemon juice, Dijon mustard and fresh herbs. Sonia from The Healthy Foodie uses a third of a pound of cooked lobster meat, and a variety of summer vegetables including avocado, tomato, and red onion to create this light, satisfying dish.
READ: 10 Salad Ideas For People Who Hate Lettuce
(The Healthy Foodie)
Spruce up any pasta with the addition of fresh lobster and light vegetables. Rachael Dyer from Cravings of a Lunatic serves a delicious, sweet and tangy cold pasta salad, but uses less mayonnaise to keep this dish healthier. Make sure you refrigerate this dish before serving for optimal results.
Deemed the official burger of summer by creator Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest, this lobster burger is a healthier version of the ground beef classic. She makes the patty from a combination of lobster and shrimp, but recommends more lobster if your budget allows. The lobster is grilled and topped with brown butter lemon aioli and a basil, corn and peach salsa. A toasted bun rounds out this jaw-dropping burger.
WATCH: How To Make The Perfect Burger
(Half Baked Harvest)
Just when you thought a BLT couldn't get better, Linda Lyell from A Muse in My Kitchen adds rich lobster to an all-time favorite. Along with the poached lobster tail, she uses fresh avocado and her signature Saucy Mama's Creamy Garlic Mustard. Serve with toasted bread and enjoy this bacony-lobster goodness.
(A Muse in My Kitchen)
Forget about crab cakes (at least for the moment). Barbara Mayhew of My Island Bistro Kitchen combines lobster with mashed potatoes, cheese, a beaten egg, herbs and tartar sauce to make this heavenly dish. Just remember to top with breadcrumbs to make sure your patties don't fall apart.
READ: The Secret To The Best Mashed Potatoes Ever
(My Island Bistro Kitchen)
Lobster Pot Pie
Lisa Johnson from Cooking with Curls uses fresh herbs, butter, flower, coconut milk, lobster, vegetables and stock to create this mouthwatering dish. You can even top it with an adorable homemade lobster biscuit (Johnson says you can buy the lobster cookie cutter straight from eBay.)
(Cooking with Curls)