|Written By Recipe Coordinator|
Today’s Wall Street Journal issued some startling news about the state of the lobster industry in the great state of Maine. Harbors up and down the Maine coast are packed with idle fishing boats as lobster fisherman decide that pulling in their lobster pots has become a fruitless pursuit. Lobster prices at the dock have fallen to as low as $1.25 a pound in some areas-almost 70% below normal and a nearly 30 year low for this time of year. Some lobster fisherman have begun selling lobsters out of their trucks for as little as $4 a pound! A glut of lobsters has negatively effected the $300-million-a-year industry and caused hardship for many local fisherman.
Let’s help out our lobster brethren and cook up some luscious Maine lobster. This boiled Maine lobster recipe surely fits the bill. Simple and straightforward. All you need is a pot, some water and that great tasting Maine lobster. Melt some butter and go to town! Enjoy.
1 ounce Sea Salt
1 Quart Water
1 medium (1.25 lb) live Maine Lobster
1. Bring water to a boil.
2. Drop lobster into pot head first (if you put them in tail first, you risk being splashed with boiling water). Cover pot. Start timing from the time that you put the lobster into the pot. A medium hard-shell lobster will take about 20 minutes and a medium soft-shell only about 15 minutes.
It is important to note that it is very difficult to overcook lobsters. When they are cooked longer, they get more tender. However, when you undercook a lobster, you run the risk of not having the tomalley (liver) of the lobster fully cooked. The tomalley turns green only when fully cooked. If it is not fully cooked, it will be a blackish, oily substance when you open up the lobster. This is why we always suggest erring on the side of adding a few extra minutes if you are not sure.
It is fine to cook several lobsters at the same time as long as the water is able to come back to a boil during the cooking process.
Recipe and photo courtesy of the Maine Import Export Lobster Dealers’ Association.