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Lobster Fit for Lords: Easy Beer-Steamed Tails for Dad

In the bustling kitchens of post-Edwardian England, where the aristocracy dined on lavish feasts, lobster symbolized opulence and refinement. Fast forward to today, and we’re bringing a slice of that grandeur to your Father’s Day celebration with a regal and remarkably easy-to-prepare dish: Steamed Lobster Tails in Beer. This quick yet indulgent recipe marries the exquisite flavours of the past with the convenience of modern cooking.

Why Lobster for Father’s Day?

In the early 1900s, lobster was a delicacy reserved for the upper echelons of society. The Crawleys of Downton Abbey might have enjoyed it at their extravagant dinner parties. Today, lobster remains a luxurious treat, making it perfect for honouring Dad on his special day. It’s not just about the taste; it’s about making him feel like the king of his castle.

The Magic of Beer-Steaming

Our twist on this classic dish involves steaming lobster tails in beer, which infuses the delicate meat with a subtle, malty richness. This technique was not unheard of in Edwardian kitchens, where chefs experimented with local brews to enhance their dishes. We recommend using a light lager or pilsner, which won’t overpower the lobster’s natural sweetness.

Quick and Easy Preparation

Despite its high-society origins, this dish is surprisingly quick to make. While Dad opens his gifts, you can have a gourmet meal on the table. Here’s how:

  1. Choose Your Lobster: You can opt for fresh or frozen lobster tails. If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare the Tails: Using kitchen shears cut down the middle of the shell and gently separate the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base.
  3. Set Up the Steamer: Bring 1 cup of beer to a simmer in a large pot. Place a steamer basket inside.
  4. Steam to Perfection: Place the lobster tails in the basket, shell-side down. Cover and steam for 5-7 minutes until the meat is opaque and firm.
  5. Serve in Style: Arrange the tails with lemon wedges and melted butter on a platter. For a truly Edwardian touch, serve on your best china.

Beer Pairing and Sides

To complete your Father’s Day feast, serve the lobster with the same beer you used for steaming. The Edwardians were fond of pairing foods with their cooking liquids. For sides, consider asparagus with hollandaise sauce or a simple cucumber salad – both staples in Edwardian dining rooms.

Health Benefits for Dad

Beyond the indulgence, lobster is a healthy choice. It’s high in protein, low in fat, and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health. The aristocracy may have eaten it for luxury, but you’re serving it for Dad’s well-being too.

Conclusion: A Timeless Treat

Treat Dad to a taste of post-Edwardian luxury this Father’s Day with our Steamed Lobster Tails in Beer. It’s a dish that bridges centuries, bringing the opulence of the past into your modern kitchen. Quick to prepare but rich in flavour and history, it’s more than a meal – it’s a celebration of fatherhood wrapped in the timeless allure of lobster. So, let’s raise a glass (of beer) to Dad, and to the enduring appeal of great food shared with those we love.


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Steamed Lobster Tails in Beer

The lobster was a favoured dish for the aristocracy in Downton's era and has endured in its status as food for love.  The bonus is that it is quick to prepare. This is a great dish for Fathers Day or date night.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Edwardian
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 uncooked lobster tails
  • 1/2 bottle beer

Instructions

  • Prep work: if you have purchased large tails, split them lengthwise with a sharp knife. To prevent curling, slide a wooden skewer through the length of the tail next to the shell.
  • Place beer in a sauce pan which will fit a steamer basket and bring to a boil. It will only take a few minutes.
  • Place the steamer basket in the saucepan, place the lobster tails in the basket and cover.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
  • As a check: the lobsters are done when the shell is bright red and the flesh is white.

Notes

  1. Choose Your Lobster: You can opt for fresh or frozen lobster tails. If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare the Tails: Using kitchen shears cut down the middle of the shell and gently separate the meat from the shell, keeping it attached at the base.
  3. Set Up the Steamer: Bring 1 cup of beer to a simmer in a large pot. Place a steamer basket inside.
  4. Steam to Perfection: Place the lobster tails in the basket, shell-side down. Cover and steam for 5-7 minutes until the meat is opaque and firm.
  5. Serve in Style: Arrange the tails with lemon wedges and melted butter on a platter. For a truly Edwardian touch, serve on your best china.
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