Lobsters are the ultimate decadent luxury. But this wasn’t always the case.
It wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that they became popular in North America. And it wasn’t until the 1950s that it came to be regarded as a “fancy” food. In fact, there was a time when lobster was considered a trash food fit only for the poor. The crustacean was considered the “cockroach of the ocean.” You can read more on how lobster gain its lofty reputation in “How Lobster Got Fancy!”
They aren’t just inherently delicious. They’re a heart healthy food, being lower in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat than lean beef, white meat chicken, pork, and even shrimp. Grilled, steamed, boiled, poached…no matter how you cook and serve it, nothing can top properly prepared lobster!
For this dish, we went with a straightforward preparation in order to let the lobster’s sweetness really shine. We butter poached lobster tails with thyme and lemon in a CVap at 200°F + 0 for 12 minutes. The cooked tails were seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon butter, and served with a spring vegetable medley of fresh asparagus and sweet baby carrots, all steamed in a CVap oven. Tasted like a plate full of seaside sunshine!
We also tested butter poached lobster at two different settings in a CVap Cook and Hold Oven – The results are below:
Do it Up Differently
Looking for a different way to showcase these delicious decapods? Consider these serving ideas:
- Spread pesto on a pizza crust and top with chunks of lobster tail meat, grilled or roasted corn and asparagus, dot with small bits of brie and bake – how decadent!
- Drizzle sesame, ginger, and lime over Vietnamese-style lobster and vegetable spring rolls in rice paper wrappers.
- Serve citrusy lobster ceviche with avocado and yucca chips.
- Sauté lobster in a spicy tomato sauce and serve over pasta for Lobster Fra Diavolo.
- Substitute lobster for Canadian bacon for the most indulgent eggs benedict imaginable.
- Ditch the chicken and go all out with lobster pot pie!
- Take your lobster bisque in an Asian direction with a hint of curry and curried croutons for topping.