The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Maine Lobster Bake at Home
When it comes to iconic New England summer festivities, nothing beats a Maine lobster bake.
This coastal tradition is a celebration of all things seafood and summer, and it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite of locals and tourists alike. But what do you do if you want to host one yourself? Fear not! With a few key ingredients and some simple tools, you can host a Maine lobster bake right in your own backyard.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to pull off the perfect lobster bake at home.
What’s a lobster bake?
At its core, a lobster bake is a seafood feast that’s typically cooked outdoors. The “bake” part refers to the fact that the seafood is traditionally cooked in a pit dug in the sand, layered with seaweed and heated rocks.
But don’t worry; you don’t need to dig a pit to enjoy a lobster bake at home. You can easily recreate the same flavors and experience using a large pot or steaming basket on your stovetop or grill.
What tools do you need for a lobster bake at home?
The main tool you’ll need for a lobster bake is a large pot or steaming basket with a lid. You’ll also want a good pair of tongs to handle the lobster and other seafood.
In addition to the seafood, you’ll need seaweed (if available) or a substitute such as corn husks, for layering in the pot. You may also want to provide your guests with nutcrackers, seafood forks, butter warmers, and, of course, lots of napkins.
What do you serve at a lobster bake?
It goes without saying that the star of the show is the lobster, but you certainly don’t have to stop there. Some traditional lobster bake additions include clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and potatoes.
But feel free to get creative — you can add other seafood, such as shrimp or scallops, or switch up the sides to include dishes like cole slaw, grilled veggies, or mac and cheese.
When it comes to seasoning, simplicity is key. Many purists will argue that lobster only needs butter, but a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning or a squeeze of lemon can also enhance the flavor. (And don’t forget to also provide lots of melted butter for dipping!)
Hosting a Maine lobster bake at home may seem daunting, but with a little planning and the right tools, it’s a fun and flavorful way to celebrate summer. Whether throwing a big backyard bash or enjoying a special dinner with loved ones, a lobster bake is sure to impress. So break out the bibs and prepare for a feast that will transport you straight to the coast of Maine!
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