|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 Portions (2 Servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||26%|
|Saturated Fat 9g||47%|
|Total Carbohydrate 47g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you're staying in for a celebratory meal, you can create a restaurant-worthy stuffed lobster dish at home. It's a great foundation for a fancy meal and perfect for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day, or New Year's Eve.
To make this dish, you will stuff fresh lobster with a savory cracker mixture that is flavored with sweet onion, celery, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. The lobster is then baked in the oven for a quick and elegant meal for two.
- 1 (1 1/4–1 1/2 pounds) lobster (live)
- 1 cup cracker crumbs (buttery crackers such as Ritz or Club, crushed)
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 1/8 cup celery (minced)
- 1/8 cup sweet onion (minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated, divided)
- 1 dash salt (to taste)
- 1 dash paprika (sweet Hungarian)
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Plunge the tip of a sharp knife straight down just behind the lobster's eyes to cut the spinal cord and kill the animal.
Place the fresh lobster on its back.
Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut the lobster's body cavity open.
Remove and reserve the tomalley (yellowish-colored liver).
Remove the stomach and intestines, being careful not to rupture them, and discard.
In a mixing bowl, combine cracker crumbs, melted butter, celery, sweet onion, garlic powder, lemon pepper, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, and salt to taste. Add the tomalley from the lobster.
Pack the cracker mixture into the lobster's body cavity.
Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and dust lightly with paprika.
Bake the stuffed lobster in an uncovered 2-inch deep baking pan for 30 minutes.
If needed, increase the oven temperature to the "Broil" setting and broil for another 2 minutes to brown the stuffing.
Serve stuffed lobster with melted butter, if desired.
Tasty Side Dish Ideas
Baked stuffed lobster is a fancy entree for a special occasion, so the sides should rise to the occasion as well. They should also complement the richness of the lobster and we have a few ideas to help you out.
If it's a cool season, start with clam or corn chowder; if it's warm, gazpacho is a more appealing choice. Follow that with a salad of crisp greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, and asiago cheese in a creamy Parmesan or Parmesan vinaigrette dressing.
Risotto goes especially well with lobster, but any rice dish makes a good side. Rice pilaf would be an excellent alternative if you're looking for something a little lighter.
If you'd like a vegetable in addition to the salad, steamed asparagus with a vinegar and oil dressing is a tasty accompaniment. Top it with Parmesan to complement the lobster and broil it for just a couple of minutes to melt the cheese. In summer, corn on the cob is a complementary vegetable side.