Effortless Summer Lobster Boil
You don't have to live on the coast to enjoy great seafood. Tieghan Gerard, of Half-Baked Harvest, gives her best Lobster Boil recipes to effortlessly elevate your summer feasts.
If there’s one thing that really screams summer fun, it's a Lobster Boil with friends and family. Sure we love backyard BBQ over here, but sometimes doing something a little fancier is just what’s called for on a perfect summer night. This Lobster Boil is easy, effortless, and also incredibly delicious. Just like every summer dinner should be.
I didn't grow up eating seafood, but once I tried my first lobster dipped in melted butter (the only way to do lobster right) I was sold. I’ve put together many summer night gatherings, but never a real deal Lobster Boil. I knew this summer was the summer to do so and I am so excited about how this meal turned out!
First things first, the food! The thing about a Lobster Boil is that it is just that, a boil! Everything gets cooked up in one large pot of water. You’d think something that looks so elaborate might be hard, but it's actually one of the easiest meals to prepare.
Of course you'll need live lobster, along with Andouille sausage (or your favorite sausage), corn, potatoes, onions, and fresh herbs. Everything gets added to a pot of boiling water, and in around twenty to thirty minutes, dinner is done.
Tip: A sure way to know your lobsters are cooked all the way through is to watch for the shells to turn a bright red. For a one and a quarter pound lobster that should take about five to eight minutes in a pot of boiling water.
You’ll also need to have plenty of butter to serve beside the lobster for dipping, along with toasted bread, and either a side salad or summer fruit. I went with slices of refreshing watermelon! And for drinks, simple summertime sangrias were the perfect compliment to this meal. I went with a rosé wine and a mix of fresh peaches and watermelon. I served up a jug full of fruit lemon water as well.
Tip: It’s always a good idea to have plenty of water on hand at summer parties. I like to fill a large dispenser with water, ice, fresh citrus slices, and berries. It's not only pretty, but also a very refreshing, non-alcoholic drink for people to sip on.
Since I wanted this dinner to be casual, yet fun, I kept table very simple using melamine dinnerware, striped napkins and plenty of red accents for a red, white, and blue themed table. I picked some flowers from outside and served dinner on a large platter so that everyone could easily serve themselves.
Tip: When picking flowers for a table, make sure to keep them either small enough or low enough so that people on the other side of the table are not blocked by the flowers and can have a clear conversation with their tablemates.
To finish everything off, make sure you have sufficient servings of melted butter around your table for easy access. In my book, whole lobsters simply cannot be served without plenty of warm butter for dipping!
And just like that your summer Lobster Boil is complete! This is the perfect meal to entertain with from now until the leaves begin to turn!