Lobster Night

Every time my mom asks my dad what he wants for dinner, he always says “lobster?!” enthusiastically. Due to the often extremely high prices of lobster, we very rarely eat it. Let me tell you.. I couldn’t wait to brag to him about the meal that My roommate Emmy and I made.

Emmy’s mom (who you also heard about here) is a flight attendant, and travels to the east coast often. On her last trip, she picked us up 3 pre-cooked lobsters because, apparently, they’re much cheaper over there. We decided to go all-out for dinner since it was pretty fancy to begin with. What follows is our amateur interpretation of a lobster dinner.

3 lobsters on the grill
Our little friends being heated up on the grill.

Once the lobster warmed up on the grill, we begin ripping them apart. We quickly realized that the meat wasn’t very warm. We went for plan B, which was to sauté small pieces of lobster meat in some good ol’ fashioned butter. Although some of the larger pieces became a bit tough after being heated up so many times (3 to be exact), it tasted absolutely delicious.

Lobster pieces being sautéed in butter.
The star of the show.

As an accompaniment for the main dish, we made 2 different pasta dishes. One was a super simple garlic and butter sauce, and the other is a play on what my family calls “greek spaghetti.” We typically eat greek spaghetti with shrimp, so I thought it would pair with the lobster nicely as well. Both dishes came out well, and were a wonderful compliment to the star of the show!

Greek Spaghetti

½ box Linguini

¼ cup butter (½ stick)

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 tbs. cinnamon

salt & pepper

Prepare pasta according to instructions on the box. In a 13″ by 9″ spread out half of the parmesan and half of the cinnamon. While the pasta is cooking, you will want to start the process of browning the butter. (If you don’t know how to brown butter, check out this article from buzzfeed). When the pasta is done, drain it and pour it on top of the ingredients you have prepared in the pan. Add the rest of the parmesan and cinnamon on top, followed by the brown butter. toss everything together and finish with salt and pepper to taste.

I have found that I prefer this dish with angel hair pasta, but the flavors hold up with any shape. If you have a go-to favorite, you can go with that!

Garlic & Herb Pasta

½ box Linguini

¼ cup butter (½ stick)

1 tbs. garlic

3 tbs. chopped parsley

2 tbs. fresh lemon juice

salt & pepper to taste

Prepare pasta according to instructions on box. In a sauté pan heat butter on medium-low heat; add garlic once butter is melted. Allow garlic to cook down for 2-3 minutes. Once pasta is cooked al dente and drained, add it back to the pan with the butter mixture. Add lemon juice, chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Toss to evenly incorporate everything. Make any adjustments to ingredients as you see fit.

Herb-y pasta
Linguini dish

For both dishes, feel free to adjust everything to your preferences. We served everything with salad and cheesy bread. This is, by far, one of the greatest meals I have had while at school. If you can get your hands on some lobsters, all you need is butter, salt, and pepper, and you’re good to go!

pasta, salad, and lobster
The finished product.

Hope you get to enjoy these recipes as much as we did. Happy cooking!

girl holding a lobster
Emmy & her friend, Mr. Lobster

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