Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 9, 2009.
Lobsters, which were earlier considered to be a “poor man’s food”, are now setting the tone for holiday dinners in spring. As the fishing season in Quebec lasts from late April until July, we can make the most of it right from Mother’s Day up until Canada Day.
Rich in taste and low in lipids and calories (there are less than 100 calories per 100 grams of steamed lobster meat), lobster is full of proteins and it is also an excellent source of vitamin B12, phosphorous, copper, selenium and zinc.
When buying a live lobster, make sure that it is still active, by holding it by its sides and lifting it up to see if it moves vigorously. Lobsters from Quebec can be easily identified by the “Aliments du Québec” logo on the white elastic bands around their claws. You will need about 500–750 grams of lobster for each person at your table.
Note: Lobster meat only represents about 30% of its total weight.
Try our recipe for Grilled Lobster with Pesto