Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Delicious Shrimp Feast

By Mara Hernandez-Capili

Ahoy seafood lovers! Shrimps are delectable seafood that is always a classic favorite. Whatever cooking style used to cook the shrimps it is always a treat especially if its summer. There is no other best way to spend summer than to eat delicious summer favorites. The feature summer menu for now is succulent and mouth watering lobster.

Yes, lobster. Even just the thought of its tender white meat flavored commonly with butter and garlic makes my mouth water with pleasure. Lobsters are deemed to be a fine dining food and are sometimes a pricey commodity because of its high price. Lobsters being hard to cook and a daunting task to do is a common misconception. Preparing and cooking the lobster is quite easy. Lobsters can be bought through a local fish monger with the claws safely tied away from our fragile hands.

Lobsters should be frozen for about 30 minutes to let it sleep or to be in a state of "coma". Remove the rubber bands used to tie the claws (for security purposes) as it can alter the flavor of the lobster. Next is to place the lobsters immediately in boiling water, cover tightly and leave it for 30-45 minutes time, until it reaches a bright color red. Remove out of water and let cool in a pan.

Gently twist the tail to remove it from the body. Using kitchen shears cut along the lobsters underside until the meat is released. Crack the claws using lobster cracker to release the juicy, tender and flavorful claw meat. Lobsters are best served with lemon butter sauce. Grilled lobsters are also a favorite summer dish as well as shrimp salads and grilled barbecue shrimp kebabs.

Hmmm. This is really a tempting read. Don't we wish there's a shrimp feast we can attend right now? The Chesapeake Beach in Maryland is hosting its annual shrimp feast. Please come and attend the festival to enjoy their mouth watering lobsters.

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