When it comes to East Coast Seafood Maine lobster is the king of the sea.
The American Lobster, better known as the famous Maine Lobster, is caught off clear, craggy and cold coastal waters of Maine in the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.
While there are unique and scrumptious Atlantic Ocean fish you will find it hard to top this feisty crustacean.
The lobsters shell varies in color from dark green to black brown with striking blue shades none of which affect its delightful flavor.
It’s a popular delicacy with a sweet yet indescribably superb taste thus it's is shipped and enjoyed to all the four corners of the globe.
Yes, it has that fabulous a flavor.
This East Coast seafood native, can be bought and shipped as whole and live or you can buy different sections such as the tail, claws or de-shelled meat.
Our more sympathetic readers please know that live lobsters do not make sounds during cooking as they have no voice box.
Say you want to have this finest of Atlantic seafood shipped to your door? Well read on matey for some tips on shopping and shipping!
If your lobster looks lethargic, not active, it’s wise to prepare it for dinner the night it arrives. Otherwise it may be stored in the bottom of the refrigerator with wet newspaper in the produce drawers for 24 hours.
Take heed to never immerse a lobster or place it in ice. De-shelled meat can last for 5 days refrigerated so you can enjoy again another evening.
You may like to eat it fresh out of the pot, in lobster salad or make a rich lobster bisque.
Whatever excites your taste buds you will find this lobster doesn't disappoint. I truly is some of the best east coast seafood in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
Small is beautiful (and more tasty.) I mean how nice is it to share with friends and family a five pound lobster? But here's the deal, while very large lobsters may sound tempting to buy.
PHOTO: KING OF EAST COAST SEAFOOD, MAINE LOBSTER.
Know that with age its meat begins to lose sweetness and becomes more fibrous especially in the claws.
Our guess is you just wont be satisfied especially spending the extra dough it costs to to buy the monster lobster.
A good friend told me he went to Hank’s Fine Steak's in Las Vegas, NV and upper-scale restaurant where he ordered a huge tail for $200.00 dollars. The tail alone was well over a pound.
He went on to say “the tail was as long and thick as my hand.” It surely was originally a five pound crustacean.
Furthermore he said it had little flavor was “woody” tasting and that from now on he would stick to the smaller lobsters.
Should you make an east coast seafood sojourn and dock in Maine around the fist of August be sure to visit The Maine Lobster Festival.
It is held in Rockland's Harbor Park, four hours drive from Boston and less than two hours from Portland, (Maine that is). You can see the crowning of local beauty known as the Sea Goddess.
You can also take part in Arts and Crafts and Cooking Competitions or run the 10k Road Race.
Culls have lost a claw so they’re sold at a lower price but are otherwise perfect. Generally, one pound of lobster meat after cooking gives you around one cup of pure meat.
Dorr an East Coast Seafood purveyor and Lobstermen is a family firm (see websites below) performs the whole lobster cycle of catching, storage, and shipping.
Plus have their own warehouse tank storage. This is important one set of family hands handling your dinner from start to finish.
Lobster is alot like Dungeness crab in this way, careful gentle plucking from water to tank to thoughtful packing and shipping is crucial.
This kind of care keeps the lobsters from becoming physiologically stressed leading to an array of events which effect taste.
The more careful and controlled process of handling and environment the less likely the lobster will suffer from hyperglycemia and increased salinity leading to a premature death and thus affecting flavor.
Shipping costs a few extra dollars, but if done with savvy like buying over $100.00 dollars easy to do with seafood then shipping could be free.
In example from Dorr shipping is only $29 but free on orders over $100.00 dollars.
Buy from shippers who use Styrofoam boxes with gel ice packs, that usually speaks to the quality of lobstermen your dealing with.
Lobstermen and women catch and ship Tuesday through Friday, but not on Mondays. Expect to add $20.00 dollars in shipping costs for weekend arrivals to your doorstep.
Most orders placed by 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM ships this fancy East Coast seafood feast the very next day.
Dorr Lobstermen is a family firm (see website below) which does the whole process of catching, storage, and shipping. Plus they have their own warehouse storage which keeps the quality high.
Best Prices on Maine Lobster: On average pay $19.00lb for live lobster, De-shelled meat fresh $53.00lb, and $25.00 for an 8-10oz Maine lobster tail. This this varies with size, quality, freshness and seasonal catches.
There are two different types of Blue Crab in the US one found on East Coast specifically in Maryland’s waters.
The second is found in the Gulf of Mexico states which we cover under the page Gulf of Mexico Seafood. Try them both and which is the best for your palate.
As far as East Coast seafood it doesn't get much better than the Maryland or Chesapeake Blue Crab.
To some Blue Crab has a sweeter and better flavor than the King and Dungeness Crabs albeit smaller.
But you be the judge. Blue Crab ranges from the upper east coast to the tip of Florida across to the southern point of Texas. So of course we had to compare the Blue Crab prices for you.
Now southerners swear by their Gulf of Mexico Blue Crab while Maryland crabbers just know Blue Crab from east coast waters tastes best!
Festivals are held every year in of these states, usually this is where you can buy them the cheapest. For instance the Blue Crab Festival in Palatka, Florida happens on Memorial Day Weekend.
Get this, its Latin name “Callinectes Sapidus” means “beautiful savory swimmer”. Oh and how true it is be it from Maryland or the Gulf waters!
Blue Crabs are a hard-shelled crab until they shed their shells (at this stage they’re called “peelers or soft shell crab”) and are the crab of choice for crab cakes.
Occasionally east coast seafood connoisseurs may get a “whitey”, or “water gall”, in it which the crab swells up with water, has very little meat and loses its taste. Sadly even the best cooks can’t avoid nor detect this from occurring.
Blue Crabs are pretty high in protein, vitamins and minerals and low in saturated fat. They can raise your cholesterol however.
In one serving (3½ ounces), there are 81 calories and 80-100 mg of cholesterol.
Best Price on Maryland Blue Crab: On average pay $29.00 for 18 crabs. This this varies with size, quality, freshness and seasonal catches.
Wherever you decide to buy you will know this East Coast Seafood is some of the best anywhere, the Blue Crab.