Lobster - King of Crustaceans
There was a time when lobster was considered a “poor mans food” but today lobster is a delicacy that commands a relatively high price. This is due to a number of factors including a long life cycle, the amount they eat, over harvesting and the difficulties surrounding raising lobster eggs.
Lobster is healthy for most diets, providing a good source of essential nutrients and protein, its meat is firm yet smooth, but soft to the bite. Before it is cooked, the lobster shell has a very dark colour, ranging from blue/green to red/purple, it gains its distinctive deep red brick colour only when it’s cooked. Generally speaking, the colder the waters in which the lobster was fished, the better the flavour.
Lobsters need to be carefully stored before they’re bought to keep them food-safe. Most lobsters are kept alive until they’re sold, therefore, they need to be held in water with enough food and oxygen to live and stay healthy. It’s a detailed process that takes a lot of work before your lobster ends up on the dinner table.
The sweet, mild taste of succulent lobster flesh needs very kittle enhancing, so keep it simple when cooking and serving to allow the lobster to shine. Boiled or steamed lobster served with melted butter and a tossed green salad won’t detract from the hero on the plate.
At Atlantis of Kilmore Quay our location by the sea here in Wexford makes sourcing most fish locally very easy and we do our best to source our seafood as sustainably as possible. We work with our partners James and Willy Walsh to supply our lobster. James and Willy are brothers who run Rosslare Crab and work their trusty fishing boat, My Sophie, off the coast of Rosslare.They have lobster and crab pots in the sea from Tuskar Rock to Carnsore Point. The impact on the lobster & crab fishery is minimal & very sustainable given their traditional approach and use of vessels under 25ft.Brown crabs, spider crabs and lobster are the main catches that the Walsh family lands and they give the most succulent and delicious meat you can imagine.
Lobster is surely a luxurious delicacy definitely worth shelling out for.