|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|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 planning a menu worthy of a celebration, you can create a restaurant-caliber 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, fresh lobster is stuffed with a savory cracker mixture flavored with sweet onion, celery, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. The dish is then baked in the oven for a quick and elegant meal for two.
Baked stuffed lobster is a fancy entree for a special occasion, and the sides should also be worthy of a nice meal and compliment the richness of the lobster. If the weather is cold, start with clam or corn chowder; if it's warm, gazpacho is a more appealing choice. Follow that with a salad of crisp greens, fresh veggies, and a creamy dressing or vinaigrette. 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 and easier.
If you'd like a vegetable in addition to the salad, sauteed or steamed asparagus is a nice touch. 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. For wine, choose a dry, crisp white like Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis, or Albarino.
- 1 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2-pounds) lobster, live
- 1 cup cracker crumbs (buttery crackers such as Ritz or Club, crushed)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons celery, minced
- 2 tablespoons sweet onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1 dash salt, to taste
- 1 dash sweet Hungarian paprika
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the 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 instantly.
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 the cracker crumbs, melted butter, celery, sweet onion, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and salt to taste. Add the tomalley from the lobster and mix.
Pack the cracker mixture into the lobster's body cavity. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of 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 the stuffed lobster immediately with melted butter, if desired. Enjoy!
Glass Bakeware Warning
Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.