So, you love seafood, but you don’t have the budget to chow down at your favorite seafood restaurant every night? Well, it’s time to dust off that apron and get in the kitchen.
Not only is seafood delicious, versatile and affordable, it’s also nutritious, low in calories and a great source of protein. Whether you’re craving lobster, shrimp, crab or other shellfish, seafood is easy to cook. Anyone can master it with some practice. Just follow these steps and you’ll be making mouth-watering dishes at home like a pro in no time!
If your lobster or other seafood selection is frozen, place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to thaw. If you are in a time crunch, you can speed up the process by placing the item in a re-sealable plastic bag and in a bowl under cold running water. Whether it’s fresh or newly thawed, rinse under cold running water to clean the item.
Marinating and Seasoning
No one wants a bland dish, and making seafood at home is no exception. Seasoning and marinating your seafood is an important part of the cooking process. So don’t be afraid to add some spice and zest to your dish. Add your desired spices and marinade to your seafood selection and place in the refrigerator in a re-sealable container. Fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder and melted butter are all safe bets for kicking your dish up a notch.
You can cook seafood several different ways depending on what type of seafood you are working with. Sautéing, boiling, baking and grilling all have their own advantages and enhances the flavor differently.
If you’re craving lobster, there’s a few extra steps to make sure you end up with a tender and flavorful dish. Boiling or steaming is your best option. When handling live lobsters, make sure to cut the rubber bands off the claws immediately before you drop them in the pot.
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