Serve Fancy Lobster Salad on Lobster Shells

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Here’s a fancy presentation with lobster salad and shrimp served on the lobsters’ shells. Lobster shells are typically saved to make a nice broth or stock, but here we’re using them to serve the lobster salad. Lobster salad on lobster shells is an elegant yet relaxed summer recipe sure to impress your guests. Be sure to select some good hard-shell lobsters because you’ll want the shells to be firm enough to dish up this sensational seafood salad. What a great way to serve lobster meat.

Serves 4

Lobster Salad in Lobster Shells Ingredients:

  • (4) 1-3/4 to 2 lb. live lobsters
  • 12 large shrimp
  • 4-6 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 tbsp. parsley chopped (optional)
  • washed lettuce leaves
  • 2 jars marinated artichoke hearts*
  • Lemon, cut into wedges

(*Substitute mushrooms marinated in Italian dressing or potato salad.)

Lobster Salad in the Shells Instructions

  1. Cook Lobster- See our Maine Guide to Cooking Lobsters
  2. Add shrimp to the pot for the last 4-5 minutes of cooking
  3. Cool and remove the lobster tail and body meat
  4. Keep the claws intact and discard everything inside the shell, including the black line that runs the length of the lobster (that’s the intestinal track). Learn more about the inside of a lobster
  5. Cut the tail meat into chunks and refrigerate along with the body meat, claws, and empty shells.
  6. Peel and devein shrimp and refrigerate
  7. Mix the lobster meat, mayonnaise, celery and parsley together
  8. Divide salad equally between the 4 shells, add three shrimp to top each shell and fill remaining space with artichoke hearts
  9. Serve on lettuce leaves, a cracked claw on each plate. and wedges of lemon

For a simpler recipe see how to make a classic lobster salad with a nice champagne vinaigrette dressing.


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