Sure, summer is a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create indoor versions of our favorite summertime events to enjoy any time of year. With that said, who’s ready to bring an authentic and delicious lobster boil experience inside this winter? Afterall, nothing brings out summer vibes like chowing down on tons of tasty lobster.
Now let’s get into how to turn your kitchen or dining room into a seaside inspired lobster boil experience!
Ingredients You Will Need
Any host knows that the most important ingredient at any lobster boil is, of course, fresh Maine lobster. There’s no need to track down a local fish market or resort to frozen lobster for your boil, you can get fresh and delicious lobster shipped to your home. Depending on how many guests will be attending your boil, plan to order at least half a dozen full lobsters or lobster tails.
Up next on your food purchasing list will be the sides to compliment that succulent lobster. Staying in theme with an authentic coast style lobster boil, you can’t go wrong with scrumptious sides like:
- Corn on the cob
- Leafy green salad, and
- Potato salad
Be the host with the most and make sure not to forget the best lobster flavor enhancers, which of course include:
- Lemon (cut into wedges)
- Butter, lots of butter (melted for dipping and dunking)
Although we’re creating a lobster boil experience, you can add some oceanic variety by including other seafood favorites along with the assortment of side dishes being served. Of course, the lobster will be the star of the meal, but a shrimp cocktail ring is always a nice touch for any seaside inspired spread.
Supplies You Will Need
Now that we know the necessary food for your lobster boil it’s time to get a list together with the rest of the supplies that will be needed. Afterall, breaking through a lobster shell with your bare hands sounds impressive but unnecessarily difficult. Let’s keep things as easy as a summer breeze and breakdown the non-food items you will want to secure for smooth sailing at your in-home lobster boil experience.
- Large stove top pot (or as many pots needed to boil as many lobsters as possible at once)
- Lobster crackers and picks
- Scissors (for when cracking through lobster shells needs some extra help)
- Bowls or pails for shells and scraps
- Plenty of napkins
- Serving dishes and platters for sides
- Ramakins for melted butter
- Plastic tablecloth (a classic picnic checkered print gets extra seaside style points)
- Newspaper (to deconstruct and cover the table for extra coverage)
Make sure to have enough supplies for all your guests, so no one is filling up on sides while waiting for the lobster crackers or uses their clothes to clean juice covered hands because the napkins ran out.
Set the Mood
Last but not least, create a seaside ambiance with the best summer songs of all time to make your lobster boil an unforgettable experience. What are you waiting for, it’s time to start planning!