So what is cooking in my house this last Saturday? Lobster!
Here in Toronto most of the bigger grocery stores carry live lobsters and as there has been an abundance of lobsters the last two years the price is pretty good at about $10 per pound. And for me a good size for one person is about 600 grams so dinner for about $12-15 is pretty awesome! Especially if it is lobster!
In Sweden we like our shellfish quite salty therefore I prefer cooking my lobster myself. Some of my friends have asked me how I do it so here is the recipe I use:
- Pour 6 liter (1.5 gallon) of water into a big pot.
- Add 200 ml of table salt
- 2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 50 ml of sugar
- 2 Tbsp of dried dill seeds
- A big bunch of fresh dill
- Bring it all to boil
- Add the live lobster. Push it down to ensure the lobster is all covered by water.
- If cooking more than one, add one at a time and bring to boil before you add a new one.
- Boil for 12 min (without lid)
- Take them up with a cooking tong and serve right away
When I buy dill I often save the stalks and put them in the freezer. The stalks have a lot of flavor so they are just perfect to throw into water when cooking shellfish!
Personally I like to eat my lobster with some warm melted butter to dip the lobster meat in. And some fresh bread. Nothing else! A glass of champagne is of course never wrong! But a Pinot Gris works well too!
When setting the table, for each person place a small bowl with warm water with some slices of lemon in. People can then clean their hands during the meal as this is a quite messy meal. And don’t forget lots of napkins.
Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!