Fresh Lobster with Potatoes and Corn

Well, that was. . . interesting.

Aaron and I decided on having fresh lobster this year for our official Valentine’s meal, last September. (I like planning!) And yes sir, I mean buying the lobster ALIVE and cooking it ourselves.

We experienced the whole rigamaroo 4.5 years ago when we were visiting family in Boston. And when I say “we” I mean “definitely not me because I was too busy screaming and flapping my arms around like a janky bird and splashing white wine in my eyes to block the horror.” But as the years have passed, I’ve matured by an entire 8% and I’ve decided that I can do this.

I need to do this. I’m grown up and I’m ready and I have freshly washed hair to prove it!

So off we went.

And the dude picked them out for us. And put them in a bag. And I tried to hold the bag but all the moving around inside freaked my life.


Hi, Ricky and Lucy! I’m just kidding, STOP CRYING. We didn’t name them. Aaron put a stop to that before we’d even left the checkout counter.

Charlie was really, really curious. And then her life got freaked too so she went outside to play with a piece of dead grass.

Now, there’s the option of sticking them in the freezer for a while to put them “to sleep.” But it was 4pm when we got home and natural light always comes first to a food blogger, so we had no time for that riff raff. In the fridge they went for a few minutes while the sides were prepped. And we kept it simple. Boiled potatoes and corn tossed with melted butter, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper. Das it.


And then the big moment came. And I was READY.


About to grab life by the SHELL.

And I put my hand on it. Pulled it off. Put it back on. Laughed. Squealed. Ticked Aaron off beyond words. Put my hand back on. Back off. Another round of laughing. Another round of squealing.

And then the dang thing’s leg popped up and touched my finger and that was it. That was as far as I got. I ran away with 2 bottles of cab sauv, my Crowded House cd and hid in the bathtub for the next 4 hours.

Okay so I came out about 20 minutes later.

I’ve. Never. Seen. Anything. More. Beautiful. In. All. My. Live. Long. Days.

And of course this is the only (blurry) shot of the de-meating of the lobster because A) My hands and face had melted butter and succulent lobster pieces all over them and it was the most glorious event of my life. And B) My hands and face had melted butter and succulent lobster pieces all over them and it was the most glorious event OF. MY. LIFE.

P.S. Lobster claw meat and I plan to marry next spring.

I think we done did gerd, MAINE.

And since baking gives me hives, this of course is what we turn to for good dessert.

Next time, I’m leaving my hand on the lobster for a full 3 seconds!

What it took for 2:

* 2 (1 1/2 pound) fresh lobsters
* 1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
* 4 mini corn on the cobs
* 1/2 stick butter, melted
* 1 Tbs. Old Bay seasoning
* fresh parsley for garnish
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Buy your lobsters. Do NOT name them. You can either put them in the freezer for a bit or not.

Bring a LARGE pot of salted water to a boil. Place the lobsters into the water and boil about 15 minutes. They general rule is to boil 10 minutes per every pound. Remove from water and let them cool a few minutes.

In the meantime, boil your potatoes and corn until tender, 15 minutes. Drain and toss with 2 Tbs. melted butter, the Old Bay and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Reserve the rest of the melted butter for lobster dipping.

If you want to make actual drawn butter, you slowly heat up the butter until you see a foam on top. Skim that off. The milk solids will drop to the bottom of the butter, so go ahead and strain the butter into a small dish. Voila, drawn butter. Butter butter butter.

As far as how to CORRECTLY de-meat (?) a lobster, I’m no expert. What we did was twist off the legs first and suck out the meat/juices. If you have to pull the leg shells apart at the joints to get more meat, DO IT.

Then you start to pull off the tail….you know what? Just watch my friend Hilah do it.

Balemtime’s Bay!

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50 Responses to Fresh Lobster with Potatoes and Corn

  1. Cassie February 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm #
    This is so classic, I love this meal. Where did you end up buying the lobster? Looks like a fun day!
    • Bev Weidner February 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm #
      We got them at China Town! Right there in your neck of the woods. ;)
  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm #
    This absolutely cracked me up, mainly because I think I would act the exact same way. Squealing, jumping, laughing and running away. PS- love how in the directions you say not to name them. very important step ;)
  3. Julie @ Table for Two February 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm #
    Haha, you crack me up. This is awesome. I love the documentation of this!! Looks like a scrumptious dinner! :)
  4. Amy February 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm #
    Can't do it! I'm still waiting for my 8% maturity to show up :( Heck ya, I'd lick that plate clean, though!
  5. Hilah February 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    Yay! That's EXACTLY like it was for me, too! Except I put the lobsters in a paper bag at the store so I didn't have to look at them. But then somehow when I was hopping into the car, I accidentally threw my keys INTO the lobster bag and had to REACH INSIDE to retrieve them. EEEK! Anyway, your pictures are terrif as usual. And now I want mini corn on the cobs. Thankyewverymuch. Happy Blalemtimes Dlay!
  6. Julie (inMI) February 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm #
    Bev you are so brave, I am tooo scared and not grown up yet. Thanks for sharing and Happy Valentine's Day!!!
  7. DessertForTwo February 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm #
    Yep, I'd say you done did er there. Do you need help planning the wedding? xoxo tina
  8. Deborah February 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm #
    I would totally have to have my husband drop the lobster in. But that looks amazing - and I'm sure it was worth the trauma!!
  9. Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm #
    Kudos to you! Last time we had live lobster I couldn't bring myself to watch or be even in the vicinty of the kitchen. Yet when dinner was ready I was there ready to dive in and eat it up! This looks simply fantastic! I so wish this was on our menu for dinner tonight! It's not to late!
  10. Lauren February 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm #
    You got further then I ever would have! Good job!
  11. Em (Wine and Butter) February 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm #
    You look so glam and pretty when you cook! :) I LOVE lobster - but I get kind of freaked out even looking at them in the fishmonger.... STOP STARING AT ME LOBBY!!!
  12. Meagan Wied (AZestyBite) February 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm #
    I am so scared to cook a lobster. I love to eat it but I haven't conquered the fear yet of doing it myself.
  13. Katie February 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm #
    Oooh goodness I just fell in love with you x10. Wait...I already was in love with you. freaking out over that lobster just confirmed it.
  14. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm #
    Shellfish really does give me hives! I used to be able to eat it but can't ever eat shrimp again and have only had about 2 bites of lobster in the last 5 years. Oh how I miss it! Enjoy it for me!
  15. kelsey February 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm #
    Marry me?
  16. Jenni February 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm #
    I am not a fan of lobster, so I've never even thought of trying to cook one. Which allows me to Keep my Cool. I'd rather bake; most baking stuff doesn't reach out and touch before you're ready! lol And as far as getting the lobster into your face correctly, I say that, if it ended up in the general Mouthal Vicinity, then you did it right! 8D
  17. kimberlyloc February 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm #
    Love this V-day story, Bev! Good idea to not name the pet you're about to eat...or, um, call it a pet. Just eat it and enjoy! I think it's OK to name the food baby in the tummy, though. Mmmmmm. xoxo
  18. Deanna B. February 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm #
    I always name the lobsters. I name all the food. I see a chicken at the grocery store and I'm like "what's up Mr. Clucky?". I think its better to be on a first name basis with Mr. Clucky before I shove my hand up its butt and pull out its organs.
  19. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum February 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm #
    I love your dog for playing with dead grass. :) And I love that picture of you touching the lobster... aren't you glad you captured that short moment in time? PS. I heart lobster with butter. Yum.
  20. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray February 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm #
    You're more brave than me! Fun post--and what a gorgeous lobster!
  21. Heather (Heather's Dish) February 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm #
    I sooooo want to do this...maybe something to look forward to this summer?! Heaven!
  22. Karla February 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm #
    Let's be realistic, I'd freak out. But I love it!
  23. Amber Layton February 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm #
    I LOVE reading your blog posts and this is my favorite! I'll bet I could keep my hand on the lobster for at least 4 seconds!!!
  24. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm #
    Girl, I am so proud!! Wish you were cooking for ME tonight. Happy Valentines Day!
  25. Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm #
    Way to go girl!! There is no flipping way I could cook and eat my own lobster. I prefer to get my meat dead, and packaged in white butcher paper, thank you! Looks gorgeous though!
  26. Jessica February 15, 2012 at 4:18 am #
    After seeing you and the tiny fish at Jaden's house...I would have paid serious money to have been in the kitchen with you and that lobster!! P.S. You got a lot farther than I would have!!!
  27. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm #
    I loved every second of reading this post, and I was actually tense thinking of holding that little guy and putting him into the boiling water. Pretty sure I would leave that part up to the hubby. :) Happy, happy be-lated Valentine's Day! I was too busy with the littles to read blogs yesterday, so I am catching up on all the fun today.
  28. Terri February 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm #
    We were sent 2 live lobsters (2lbs each!) for Christmas from one of my hubby's vendors. I made him put them in the pot, but they were sooooooo good! P.S. Do you eat the green stuff? I can't bring myself to do it.
    • Bev Weidner February 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm #
      I didn't eat the green! I couldn't do it. I know it's considered this crazy delicacy, but I wasn't ready. Neither did Aaron. We were both like uhhhhh no. :)
  29. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm #
    You make me laugh out loud. I love the photo of you giggling as you touch the lobster - priceless. PS. The green stuff (the roe - which is actually the female lobster's unfertilized eggs - nasty!) totally freaks me out. But oh, lobster meat and butter...*drool*
  30. Laura February 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm #
    We've got a guy here that goes and puts traps around the wrecks off the coast. Like, $8 a pounds, it's insane. Nothing beats a lobster you cook yourself! And shell for that matter. Make you work for it!
  31. Mlob December 8, 2012 at 11:14 am #
    Hi, I was wondering if I can have your permission to use your photo of the lobster meal on my website? The food looks wonderful and the photo is taken nicely. I would really really appreciate it! Thank You!
    • Bev Weidner December 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm #
      Sure! Just as long as it links back to me for credit, it's fine. Thank you so much for asking!
  32. Nick August 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm #
    Sounds like that movie about Julia child's, is that plagiarism???
  33. Heather Christo February 11, 2015 at 8:55 am #
    This looks absolutely delicious. I may throw this on the table this year Bev- too tempting!
  34. Andrea @ My Tasty Kitchen February 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm #
    This post cracked me up - I could just picture the whole scene! I was just talking to a friend about how scary cooking lobster seems....but I have to try, right? If you can do it, I can do it? :)
  35. Kate February 12, 2015 at 6:18 am #
    Oh yum! This is the dinner we had at our rehearsal dinner, I will never forget it!
  36. the jellyfish bar May 2, 2020 at 5:22 am #
    This looks absolutely delicious. too tempting!


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