Recipe by Hajar Elizabeth
Yes this the purest form of the dish and yes, it is called stew by us. The term bisque is relatively new and no self respecting Mainer would call it anything but lobstah stew! :) I love this as it is so pure allowing the lobster to shine without complications such as sherry and/or spices. Those are good as well and have their place, but not for this stew. You will need a 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 pound Maine lobster. I say this here as I have a feeling that the Zaar computer may have a problem understanding this. This is quick and easy to make and I do mine in a deep skillet. This is not meant to pack a punch or be zipped up. It is meant to allow one to revel in the smooth rich lobster flavor. Done this way, it is an old time classic!
Top Review by Garym053
The stars aren't working but I tried to give it 5! This recipe reminds me of the times my Dad and I had Lobster Stew all along the coast of Maine from Booth Bay down to Wells one summer. It never had potatoes in it by the way. Just lobster & cream. I will be making this again to honor and remember him on the one year anniversary of his passing next week. Thanks for bringing back the memories!
- 1 maine lobster, cooked and shelled
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 quart half-and-half cream
- salt, if needed
Directions See How It's Made
- Cut lobster tail, knuckle and claw meat into pieces. Do not mince or chop finely.
- Melt butter in a deep skillet or heavy sauce pan and add lobster, sauté 2 minutes on low heat. This will give a bit of pink color.
- Add half&half and bring up to slight hot bubble.
- Simmer on low heat 15 minutes stirring occasionally and serve hot.
- I like a bit of crusty french bread toasted with this. Personally I avoid a salad or have salad after as I don't want dressing and things getting in the way of the flavor.
- I used to use light cream for this and changed years ago to half and half. This is going to be high calorie either way though you will not eat it daily so don't worry! :).
- Cooking time does not include boiling the lobster and you want to boil it until just done with no flavorings in the water at all.
- You will get 4 meal portions or 6 first course servings. It will, however, be calculated based on 4 servings.