Maine Lobster Stew
Real Maine Lobster Stew has lobster, butter, milk, the roe and tomalley (if there is any), and the reserved liquid from the lobsters. It does not have a whole bunch of other stuff in it. If you make it the Maine-way, you will think that you are there sitting on the wharf eating. Make it a day ahead to enhance the flavor of the stew.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 4 fresh lobsters (reserve cooking liquid from lobsters)
- 6 -8 tablespoons butter
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 quart whole milk
- salt and pepper
- Boil the lobsters for about 18 minutes.
- Place cooked lobsters on several platters to cool and catch the juices.
- After they are cool; pick the meat from them.
- Remove the tomalley (green liver) and the roe (coral) if it is found.
- After all the meat is picked out, saute the tomalley and roe in 2 tablespoons butter in a heavy cooking pot for three minutes.
- Add more butter and some of the lobster meat into the pot.
- Repeat this until all the lobster meat has been sauted for five to ten minutes.
- Add the cream, the reserved lobster juice from the platters, and the milk.
- Simmer BUT DO NOT BOIL uncovered on low heat for an hour or two (remember take care not to boil).
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Make this a day ahead to enhance the flavor and you'll be glad you did.
- NOTE: A rule of thumb for figuring amounts--4-5 ounces of meat per person; 1/2 stick butter per person; 1 cup half and half per person.