Now that we are in the thick of summer. I’ve been thinking about a few things I really want to be sure we make happen. Eating lobster at home is one of them!
Hosting a lobster boil with friends around the table and drinks in hand will make for such a great evening that everyone will remember no matter how far I may live from the beach. Have you ever boiled lobster before? Would you be willing to? I’ve heard they scream – eeek! I can’t wait to try it.
I’m so pleased that Morgan sent over these instructions from her own lobster boil to help me out. Just follow the PDF below for eating your own lobster like a pro. And our no fail recipe will have you easily cooking lobster meat to perfection.
Click here to download the PDF for lobster eating reference and print a stash of them out to set on your guest’s lobster boil plates.
How to perfectly boil a lobster:
You will need one large stock pot for every 2 lobsters. For our party, I plan to invite guests to bring their own stockpots – since the dinner is really more of an experience.
Fill the pots with water 3/4 of the way up and add 1/2 cup of sea salt. Bring to a heavy boil. Cool tip – if you live by the ocean you can collect and use ocean water instead of salting your own water for a better tasting broth. You can also add in seafood seasoning at this stage, or even pieces of seaweed for a tasty ocean broth.
Next place the lobsters in the pots. Keep the rubber bands on the pinchers and lift the lobsters with a firm grip, on a pair of metal tongs from the backside. Put the lobsters in the pan head first and cover quickly.
Wait until the water is back to a full boil and turn down to medium high. Cook the lobsters 8 minutes per pound (to get correct cooking times, only take the poundage of one of the lobsters in your pan). So 2 – 2 pound lobsters will boil for 16 minutes.
Once the lobsters are done boiling, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
The girls at Commerce Street Events also came up with an awesome drink to host at the bar that goes perfectly with lobster, that I will totally be stealing it for our summer lobster boil. It’s being called the “Captain Jackson Cocktail” – so fun.
Make it by mixing 2 mashed strawberries, 4 mashed blueberries, 1/4 cup strawberry lemonade and 1 shot of gin. Shake over ice, strain and serve with a lemon wedge.
To set out a great lobster boil table, give guests all the tools they need to eat the lobster at each place setting, a knife, fork, small bowl for the shells, a nutcracker and a small mallet for opening the lobster’s body. Small jars of seafood seasoning is a sweet way to say goodbye and to inspire your guests to try out their own new summer tradition.
(Event Styling, Photography and Paper Products by Commerce Street Events for A Subtle Revelry, linen by La Tavola Fine Linen, tableware by Corzines).
Posted July 14, 2014 4 Comments
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