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Tips for Hosting A Lobster Fest: Elegant or Relaxed

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Sep 04, 2015

Tips for Hosting A Lobster Fest: Elegant or Relaxed 


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This weekend why not try something new & hold a Lobster Fest.  You can choose a sophisticated soiree or a relaxed nautical theme for your gathering– either is sure to be a hit & we have great tips for planning both!

The thought of cooking fresh lobster can be intimidating but, with the right advice you will be looking like a pro: 


  • 1 pound cooked = about 2 cups chopped chunks

  • 1 (8-ounce) tail = 1 serving or 4 ounces cooked meat

  • 1 (1- to 1-1/2-pound) whole lobster = 1 serving or 4 ounces cooked meat

Traditional Boiled Lobster

Bring at least ½ gallon of water per pound of lobster to a rolling boil in a very large pot.

Add in 4 tablespoons of sea salt per ½ gallon of water

Carefully drop in the lobsters, one at a time, headfirst into the water. Return the water to a boil, and then begin timing:

1 lb. = 12-15 min
1.5 lbs. = 15-20 min
2-3 lbs. = 20-25 min

How To Know When Lobsters Are Fully Cooked:

  • Remember:  Lobsters will turn their characteristic bright red color well before the meat is thoroughly cooked inside.

  • Tug on an antennae or pull off one of the small walking legs. They will come off easily when the lobster fully cooked.

  • You will find the meat inside will be firm, white and opaque.

  • Much of the body cavity is filled with tomalley, when fully cooked will be green.

  • The roe in female lobsters will be bright red and firm. The lobster is undercooked if it is a dark greenish black with an oily tar-like consistency.

  • The internal temperature should be 180 degrees.

  • If you do not plan to eat the lobsters right away, they must be cooled quickly in ice water. Drain the chilled lobsters, cover and keep refrigerated.  Cooked lobsters can be safely stored in your refrigerator for 1 or 2 days. 


The Elegant Lobster Fest Soiree: 


White china.  Serve with fresh lemon wedges and have plenty of melted butter on your table for dipping.  A small container for each guest is best.

Add sparkle with lots of candlelight.  If you have them, place starfish or sand dollars on the tables & sprinkle with a bit (small amount) of glitter or shiny confetti. 


Serve your lobster accompanied with a nice Chardonnay, a small green salad & baked potato. 

Desert should be the classic northeastern favorite of blackberries with a dollop of whipped crème.


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The Relaxed Lobster Fest - Let It Roll...: 


White china.  Use balloons, fishnets, plastic pails, anything nautical creates a fun and festive atmosphere. 


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The lobster roll is a delicious and affordable way to stretch this premium ingredient. 

You can make the mayo-based lobster filling up to a day ahead and keep it refrigerated until just before serving.

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

  • 5 tablespoons canola mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery

  • 3 tablespoons minced onion

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk Greek-style yogurt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 1 pound cooked lobster meat, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3, 1 1/2-pound) lobsters)

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 8 (1 1/2-ounce) hot dog buns

  • 8 Bibb lettuce leaves


1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Add lobster to mayonnaise mixture; toss. Cover and chill 1 hour.

2. Brush butter evenly over cut sides of buns. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place buns, cut sides down, in pan; cook 2 minutes or until toasted. Line each bun with 1 lettuce leaf; top with 1/3 cup lobster mixture.

Serve your lobster rolls with your favorite beverages.  Add sides from traditional bbq's like Cole slaw, chips, &/or vegetable casseroles, and juicy watermelon slices. Dessert can be simple cupcakes dressed up with a nautical theme or mini cheesecake desserts with blueberry topping.  Let your imagination run with your theme.  

Whether elegant or laid back, we wish you a fun filled Lobster Fest and hope yours is hosted Living Poolside!



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