Lobster Stock

by The Gilded Fork

Making the stock from scratch adds a dimension of flavor to a completed bisque that you really can’t achieve from a store-bought brand.  This recipe is the basic foundation on which all seafood stocks can be made – all you need to do is substitute the lobster for another seafood.  Stock can be prepared ahead of time and frozen so you can create a quick Lobster Bisque in minutes.  Bisque always makes an elegant addition to any meal.

6 servings

Ingredients

4 cups water
2 celery stalks
1 carrot
1 onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
4 sprigs fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
6 whole black peppercorns
2 lobster tails

Equipment

4 to 6 quart stockpot
fine mesh strainer
large bowl
liquid measuring cup
measuring spoons

Preparation

Cut the celery and carrot into 3 large chunks. Fill the 4 to 6-quart stockpot with the water to cover the lobster tails (about 4 cups). Add the celery, carrot, quartered onion, minced garlic, bay leaves, black peppercorns and salt. Bring the stock to a boil and add the lobster tails. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the lobster tails are done.

[Chef’s Note: The lobster tails will start to turn pink as they cook. Since they are usually thick, it will take at least 10 minutes for them to cook through. But watch that you don’t overcook them or they can become tough].

Remove the lobster tails from the stock and set aside to cool. While the lobster tails are cooling increase the heat to high and allow the stock to reduce to half the volume. Strain stock into the fine mesh strainer set over the large bowl. Reserve 2 cups of the stock and discard the vegetables.

When the lobster tails are cool to the touch, remove the lobster meat from the shells and coarsely chop. Set aside.

Variations

Substitute a ½ pound of shrimp or a pound of clams for the lobster to create a different seafood base. Watch timing as shrimp and clams cook quickly.
Recipe by Lia Soscia

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Christine @knapkins_com July 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I heard you can hypnotize them too?! Lobsters are believed, by many scientists, not to feel pain, due to their primitive nervous system. An hour before cooking, keep the lobsters in refrigerator. They will be in a deep state of sleep. Remove them from the refrigerator just before cooking. This is also good cause their tails don’t twitch when cooking.Experiments at the University of Maine determined that:

– Boiling in the traditional manner causes a lobster to begin activity in 5-10 seconds and continue for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.
– Hypnotizing the lobster by holding its head down and rubbing it nearly doubles the length of time it moves.
– Slow heating in salt water from room temperature results in increased activity when the water reaches a temperature of around 30°C/86°F. This activity lasts 2-3 minutes and then subsides.
– Pot steaming seems to reduce the activity of lobsters. However, lobsters at the top of the steam rack may still be alive after 20 minutes when large numbers of lobsters are being cooked at once unless the steam is retained in the pot.
– Chilling/icing before cooking, by placing the lobster on ice or in a freezer (but not freezing it) delays the onset of activity about 30 seconds and reduces the duration of movement to about 20 seconds.
– Visit for more details at http://www.lobster.um.maine.edu/index.php?page=22

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