A Maine lobster stew is a much simpler preparation than its two cousins – lobster bisque and lobster chowder. And yet, it is just as delicious. I’m sure old school Down Easters would say it’s the best of the three.
Similar to other New England-style shellfish stews (oyster stew, scallop stew, etc.) a Maine lobster stew is really more of a brothy, creamy soup than a thick stew. In this case, that means a base of lobster stock, cream (or half and half) and sherry. But there’s two secrets that can take it from a really good-tasting soup to an otherworldly one.
The first secret is to age it. You may be tempted to consume it right away. After all, almost any combination of lobster, lobster stock and cream in soup form is guaranteed to please the taste buds. But if you can be patient (easier said than done) and keep it in the fridge overnight, the flavors will become even more rounded and full, just like with chowders.
To taste this for yourself, simply try a small portion of the Maine lobster stew as soon as it’s done. Try to burn that taste in your memory. Then, try it the next day. Your reaction will range somewhere on a scale of “quiet but intense satisfaction” to attempting any of these David Lee Roth leg kicks.
The second secret is even lesser known. And that is to add some tomalley (the green paste inside a cooked lobster) and some coral. The coral is the roe of a female lobster. It’s a fairly dense, dark red substance that sits inside of a fully cooked lobster. Both the tomalley and coral are considered delicacies by hardcore lobster enthusiasts and add a concentrated dose of lobster flavor. Admittedly, this will not be for everyone. The coral and especially the tomalley can be off putting in appearance. It will almost certainly frighten small children. Therefore, it’s an optional but highly recommended step.
A brothy and creamy soup of onions, lobster meat, stock, sherry and cream. So simple and yet so very delicious!
Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.