Seattle Lobster Boil, it’s a little strange sounding isn’t it? How or why did we take a Southern dish, add in the North East’s most famous component, and some how make it taste like it came from Seattle? Easiest answer, because we can, and it is good! The husband has family living in Boston now and almost every time they come home they bring a box of live lobster (which is amazing!), but husband’s family always always always insists on surf and turf with baked potatoes, bread, and broccoli. Don’t get me wrong, its great, but when it’s 90+ degrees outside that heavy of meal just doesn’t sound appetizing. This most resent time they came to visit with a box of lobster, it was a fight, but they thankfully agreed to not have surf and turf but instead a boil. Imminently I thought of the hundreds of crab boils we’d have on Whidbey Island with our daily catch of Dungeness crab. We boil everything in sea water and local beer, which is a perfect crab boil. But here’s where it goes from a southern boil to a true Seattle boil. Everyone knows of Old Bay Seasoning, it’s super tasty! Old Bay is a very Southern seasoning but in Seattle we have Lowery’s. Similar to Old Bay but different, actually the only real difference is that Old Bay uses mustard seeds where Lowery’s uses tumeric. Growing up in the northwest, we used Lowery’s on everything. For the beer we used a local Seattle brew from a brewery (next door to our old Coffee Shop). It’s a really hoppy IPA. To make it a proper boil there needs to be potatoes, corn, and some local andouille sausage. We added green beans because, 1. I love them and 2. they’re in season right now. To finish the whole boil off, my husband made a big, crunchy loaf of homemade sour dough bread, and a big ol’ bowl of garlic butter. YUM!
Seattle Lobster Boil
Yield 6 servings
6 Maine Lobsters
6 ears of sweet Corn
2# Andouillette Sausage
2# Red Potatoes
1# Green Beans
32oz IPA Beer
1c Lowery’s Seasoning
1 Shallot, sliced
1 head Garlic, sliced in 1/2
To Start: In the biggest pot you have bring water filled about 2/3rd of the way to a boil, we used our turkey fryer and our canning pot.
Step One: Season the water with Lowery’s, salt, shallot, garlic, and beer.
Step Two: Add sausage, and potatoes and boil for 10 minutes.
Step Three: Add lobster and green beans and boil for 7 minutes.
Step Four: Add Corn and boil for 5 minutes.
To Finish: Remove everything from the pot serve imminently with a bucket of garlic butter.
Yield: 1 cup
2 sticks of butter
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
2T Chives, minced
In a small sauce pan add everything and on low let the butter melt and the garlic and let it simmer on low for at lease 10 minutes. Or as long as it take for the boil to finish and, serve imminently.