You’re on vacation – there is no judging – if you feel like eating lobster four times a day, we won’t say a word! In fact, though it may seem decadent, lobster is actually one of the true original health foods: low in fat and carbohydrates and high in protein, and an excellent source of vitamin B12 and heart-healthy Omega-3. The Prince Edward Island lobster industry is family run and a designated sustainable fishery. So – why not go crazy for this delicious natural shellfish and enjoy lobster every chance you get.
Lobster Option #1
Who doesn’t love Eggs Benny? Who wouldn’t love the ultimate blend of the rich flavours of lobster and Hollandaise – a perfect way to start the day.
Lobster Option #2
There are almost as many variations on the classic Lobster Roll as there are restaurants and diners on PEI. Make it your mission to find the best version of the most delicious “sandwich” around – chunks of yummy lobster meat, mayonnaise, and see who creates the best recipe from there. Even the local McDonald’s has a Lobster Roll on their menu in season!
Lobster Option #3
The Island is famous for its traditional lobster suppers. Family-style dining, steamed mussels, chowder – some people go just for the best and freshest rolls or the homemade lemon meringue pie! But the star is always the lobster. There are a few restaurant renditions of this classic meal or watch the local news for community groups who put on one-day fundraisers.
Lobster Option #4
If you are lucky enough to be staying in a cottage or accommodation equipped with a kitchen, take the leap, head to the market and buy yourself a few pounds of live or already cooked Prince Edward Island lobster. Get some newspaper to cover the table, lots of paper towels to soak up stray lobster juice – and don’t forget the dripping butter – and dig in!
Island fishermen respect the sea and take the utmost care in sustaining it. Fishing is a way of life that’s been passed from generation to generation. Prince Edward Island’s 1,200 lobster fishers fish in one of two seasons – either May through June, or August until early October, but fresh lobster is available throughout the summer. To find the nearest markets, retailers and restaurants near you, check out www.tastepeilobster.ca.
When cooking your own lobster, the pot should be three quarters full of boiling salt water with three teaspoons of salt per four cups of water. Or do as the locals do and use Island seawater! The general guideline is to cook your lobster for 12-15 minutes or up to 20 minutes for larger, market size lobster.