What do you do when you answer your door to find two live lobsters on your doorstep? Grab a lemon for self-defense?
Now I’ve had all sorts of gourmet items sent to me during the holidays including fresh pears, steaks, sauces but never anything trying to escape. So when the Fed Ex guy arrived with a Styrofoam box filled with dry ice and a couple of live lobsters nested on a bed of seaweed, what did I do? Pulled out my biggest cooking pot and started to boil water.
It turns out my wife has a friend in New York who is doing quite well and knows how much I love to cook so she sent us these lobsters with a couple of steaks. It was a wonderful gift but created somewhat of a dilemma. We already had plans for dinner that night but you can’t expect these live crustaceans to hang out for a day or two until we were ready to serve them.
According to the instructions that came in the Styrofoam box, we had to cook them the day they arrived. So I boiled them in my big stock pot, cooled them outside on the porch, removed all that firm but tender meat and made Lobster Fra Diavolo the next night.
It’s the first time I made this dish and it is easy to prepare and a great use for lobster. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the succulent taste of lobster all by itself, but sometimes I think of it more as a conduit for eating melted butter.
This is a great recipe for combining many flavors and textures. If a couple of live lobsters don’t show up at your doorstep, you can typically find fresh or frozen lobster tails at the local supermarkets. This meal was a real treat and would be perfect during the holidays.
Lobsters make great gifts to the holidays, wedding, birthdays or even just to say thank you. There are many companies that will ship them live overnight to you that are not cheap but worth it for a special occasion. I suggest you take a look at
I originally called this recipe Lobster fra Diablo which is the Spanish word for devil when I really meant diavolo, the Italian translation and where this recipe originated from. But diablo or diavolo, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s a great recipe for any home cook.