Lobster



Is there any scenario in which lobster wouldn’t be a welcome addition? We’ve seen it unadorned with a side of butter, thrown into a Korean kimchi stew, and of course heaped into a soft hot dog bun. Chef Shea Gallante even likes to replace the lettuce on his BLT with sweet chunks of this meat. "When you add lobster to a sandwich, there's no way it won't be great," he says. We agree! Whether you’re craving a classic New England recipe or looking for something extra creative, Food & Wine’s guide will help you master cooking (and eating) lobster all year long.

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Top Tips for Cooking Perfect Lobster at Home

From what to look for when buying lobster to how to prevent it from overcooking, here's what you need to know.

The 5 Best Wines to Pair with Lobster

Scott Worcester opened the Maine wine store Sawyer's Specialties some 20 years ago. He knows wine, but more to the point—his family’s been on the Maine coast since the late 1600s—he also knows lobster. 

Maine-Style Lobster Rolls

Mary-Frances Heck refers to these lobster rolls as “knuckle sandwiches” because they showcase the knuckles—the segments that connect the claws to the carapace—which are the sweetest, most tender meat on a lobster. Dressed simply with mayo, the cold salad sits in a hot, buttered bun. Her tip for tackling the admittedly tedious work of cracking the shells? Do it with a friend and a cold beer.

Lobster-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Delicate zucchini blossoms are made for filling and frying. We’re giving this classic Italian appetizer a decadent spin with a lobster-and-mascarpone filling, though feel free to use lump crabmeat, cooked shrimp, or diced zucchini in place of the lobster. Slideshow: More Lobster Recipes

Lobster Gnudi

This elegant lobster gnudi dish from chef Scott Conant’s New York City restaurant, Fusco, gets a springy spin with bright green peas and ramp leaves. If you have fresh fava beans, those would also be great tossed into this dish. Slideshow: More Lobster Recipes

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Langoustines alla Busara

Venice-based blogger Skye McAlpine loves the delicate flavor of langoustines, but to her the real magic of the dish is the superflavorful tomato sauce in which they simmer. Be sure to have plenty of crusty bread on hand to soak up the sauce. Slideshow: More Seafood Recipes

Now Is the Time to Eat New Shell Lobster

Does lobster season exist? Technically, no, but ask any Mainer and they'll tell you about new shell lobsters. They have the sweetest, most tender lobster meat, and they're only available from mid-July through October.

Lobsters Might be Immortal, and Other Things I Learned on a Lobster Boat

I'm from Maine and I'm allergic to lobster, so it was somewhat ironic when my sister and I boarded a working lobster boat off the shores of Portland, ME. Here, seven things I learned from a day pulling traps in Casco Bay.