Tired of eating Holiday Leftovers? We recommend Bob Blumer’s Lobster Tacos to reset fatigued palates
Please, no more turkey and gravy and tryptophan crashes. Give me some energizing south-of-the-boarder zing to brighten a winter day – and pair it with the hedonistic pleasure of eating lobster. Now that’s a reset! The other bonus is that tacos are finger food, so how nice is a meal that doesn’t create another pile of dishes in the sink.
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Bob Blumer’s Lobster Tacos
A south-of-the-border inspired Maine course 🙂
- 2 lobster tails roughly 4 – 6 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 ounces best-available butter (about 3/4 of a stick)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ cup cilantro minced, divided
- ½ jalapeno chili ideally red for color, stemmed, seeded and minced
- zest of 1 lemon + 3 tablespoons juice divided
- zest of 1 orange
- 4 medium size roughly 6-inches flour or corn tortillas
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 green onions sliced finely
- Your favorite salsa or hot sauce
- 1 lime quartered for serving
- Use a heavy sharp knife to cut the lobster tails in half. (Place your knife on the end where the flesh is exposed and cut down through to the tail.)
- Brush the exposed flesh with oil and season with salt and pepper. Reserve.
- In a small pan, over medium heat, melt butter. When it starts to bubble, add garlic, half of the cilantro, jalapeno, citrus zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir for 1 minute, then remove from heat and reserve.
- Half and pit avocados. In a medium bowl, mash avocado with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, the remaining cilantro and the green onion. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve.
- Preheat grill to medium/medium-high direct heat, or heat a heavy skillet to medium-high.
- Place lobster tails cut-side down on grill or pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip, and baste generously with butter mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until tails are cooked throughout.
- As the tails are cooking, burnish the tortillas on the grill or stovetop until toasted.
- Spread avocado mixture and salsa over each of the tortillas, then place lobster tails, in their shells, overtop. Instruct the diners to pull their own lobster meat.
Either or: Serve 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main
Shopping tip: Frozen lobster tails are not as expensive as you might imagine, and are available in the fish section of many large grocery stores.