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lobster rolls on wood cutting board

This 7-Ingredient PEI Lobster Roll is an East Coast Classic

Lobster is truly at the heart of Prince Edward Island — and there is no better recipe than a lobster roll to let this local delicacy shine. If you’re unsure how to cook it, this nutritious 7-ingredient recipe proves how easy it really is, while also being high in protein (win- win!). For this recipe, you simply boil the lobster for a few minutes, de-shell and then voila, it’s done! Or make it even easier and purchase lobster meat that’s ready-to-be eaten, no boiling or de-shelling necessary. We combine the tender lobster meat with creamy mayo, zesty lemon and crunchy celery to elevate the flavours and highlight its freshness. So load up your toasted, buttery buns with this delicious mixture and be prepared to enjoy every bite.

lobster rolls on wood cutting board

7-Ingredient PEI Lobster Rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-20 minutes (depending on size of lobster)
Total Time: 20-30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 lb cooked lobster meat (from 4 whole lobsters or 2 lbs of tails, knuckles and claws)
2 Tbsp mayo
2 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp lemon zest
1 celery stalk, finely diced
2 Tbsp finely chopped green onions, just the greens
¼ tsp sea salt and a few cracks of pepper to taste
1 tsp butter
4 hot dog style buns or Bibb/Boston lettuce wraps
Bibb or Boston lettuce

Directions:

1. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. If you don’t have access to seawater, salt the water well with sea salt (not regular salt) and be very generous with it!

2. Add the whole lobster or if you’re just using the tails, knuckles or claws, place them in the boiling water and cover. If the lobster has bands on it, remember to remove them first.

3. Depending on the size of the whole lobster, it will take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to cook. If you’re just using the tails, claws and knuckles, it will take between 10-12 minutes.

4. While the lobster is cooking, combine the mayo, lemon juice, lemon zest, celery, green onion, salt and pepper in a bowl.

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5. Once the lobster is cooked, place it on a tray to cool. You could also use an ice bath to stop the cooking (I don’t). Once it’s cooled, de-shell the lobster using kitchen shears. This is the fun part!

6. Cut the lobster meat into ½ to 1-inch pieces.

7. Combine the lobster in the bowl with mayo, celery, lemon and green onions and mix well.

8. Now it’s time to prep the buns. Melt butter in a wide saucepan over medium heat.

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9. If you don’t have hot dog brioche buns, slice the sides off, but only enough to make them flat, then place the flat side in the pan, and once it’s browned after a minute, flip to the other side to brown. Do this with each bun.

10. Place the buns on a tray, lay the lettuce leaves on the centre of each bun and fill with the lobster mixture. Top with extra green onion and a squeeze of lemon.

Michael Smith's wild blueberry grunt with cardamom dumplings and fresh basil from Farm, Fire & Feast: Recipes from the Inn at Bay Fortune

Celebrate East Coast Flavour With Michael Smith’s Blueberry Grunt With Cardamom Dumplings

On Prince Edward Island, if you get one or two country roads off the highway and go down some dirt lane, chances are you’ll stumble onto a distinctive crimson-hued wild blueberry field. They are a wonderful addition to our agricultural landscape. Unlike their big bland berry-basket brethren (a high-bush blueberry hybrid grown year-round in warm climes), these wild northern plants grow low to the ground and produce smaller fruit with much more intense flavour. And lots of them. So many wild blueberries that Island cooks traditionally had enough to simmer into a delectable stew, often with maple syrup and bright lemon. Dumplings would then be baked or simmered in the stew. Our twist of fresh basil was not traditional, but if you try it once, you’ll discover one of our favourite farm flavours for dessert. Blueberries and basil are delicious together, and cardamom loves basil too. You can reliably find wild blueberries in the frozen fruit section of your favourite supermarket.

Michael Smith's wild blueberry grunt with cardamom dumplings and fresh basil from Farm, Fire & Feast: Recipes from the Inn at Bay Fortune

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Wild Blueberry Grunt With Cardamom Dumpling and Fresh Basil

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

Blueberry Stew
4 cups (1 L) fresh or frozen wild blueberries
1 cup (250 mL) pure maple syrup
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Leaves from 1 bunch of fresh basil, tightly rolled and thinly sliced

Cardamom Dumplings
4 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
¼ cup (60 mL) sugar
2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
2 tsp (10 mL) ground cardamom
¼ cup (60 mL) butter, frozen
¾ cup (175 mL) whole milk

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Directions: 

1. For the Blueberry Stew, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Turn on the convection fan if you have one. (Alternatively, to cook on the stovetop, start the stew but instead of reducing it, add the dumplings, cover tightly, and simmer until they’re tender and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a dumpling comes out clean, 15 minutes.)

2. Toss the blueberries, maple syrup, and lemon zest and juice into a large, heavy skillet. Bring to a full boil over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and reduced by half or so. Remove from the heat.

3. For the Cardamom Dumplings, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and cardamom. Grate the butter into the mixture through the large holes of a box grater and evenly mix in the shards with your fingers. Pour in the milk and stir the mixture into a smooth dough. Using a spoon or your hands, divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Nestle the dough into the blueberry stew. Bake until the dumplings are tender and lightly browned, 20 minutes. Serve with lots of fresh basil sprinkled on top.

Excerpted from Farm, Fire & Feast: Recipes from the Inn at Bay Fortune by Michael Smith Copyright © 2021 Michael Smith. Photography by Al Douglas. Published by Penguin Canada®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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