Lobster on an open fire

Whole Lobster at Lake Casitas, CA.

Whole Lobster at Lake Casitas, CA.

Our love of camping also extends to our love for cooking while camping. There is nothing wrong with doing a hotdog or a simple barbecued steak on the campfire grill but there is a certain excitement knowing that you can go beyond the traditional campfire meals and treat yourself a little more. In future blogs we will share with you some great trout recipes, fancy steak and chicken recipes, roasting chestnuts during your cold weather camping and many more. For now we thought we would start with one of our favorites, grilling lobster on a campfire. Grilled Whole Lobster: Ingredients:

  • Lobster
  • Butter (one stick)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh parsley (a handful, chopped)
  • Garlic (4-6 cloves, chopped)
  • Paprika (pinch)
  • Iron skillet
  • Wrapping foil

With a side of baked potatoes:

  • Two washed potatoes
  • Wrapping foil
  • Bush’s Baked Beans (one can)

For this recipe you want to start with a nice fresh lobster that you can buy on your way to the campground.  The lobster needs to be lightly steamed before grilling so you may want to buy the lobster the day prior to your trip, steam it for 3 minutes and place in fridge till you leave the next day. Alternatively, what you can do is buy the lobster live the day of the trip, put it on ice in the cooler till you arrive at the campsite then steam it before you start preparing dinner.(For ways to put down the beast, place edge of knife where the back meets his head push in through the head area, making sure you go all the way through. Helpful link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEICS5qeE3k) You can steam the lobster by placing it in the iron skillet with a half a cup of water then wrap tin foil around it and make sure its sealed well. Place on open fire grill or propane camping stove and steam for 3 minutes. You know its steamed enough when lobster color changes to vibrant red. ©2014JustinCarrasquillo_Cooking-1-2 When you are ready to start making dinner, you should start with preparing the baked potatoes. The method we use is a quick and delicious way to make bake potatoes. Start by wrapping the potatoes in a tightly sealed tin foil sheet then place them in the heart of the open fire. The potatoes should take 45 minutes to be nicely baked. Next, move to preparing the lobster for grilling. First step is stick your knife in the same crevice on top of the head made earlier and pull the knife all the way through the body splitting each in half lengthwise. Bring the knife down through the tail, making sure to cut through the meat and to leave the shell connected. ©2014JustinCarrasquillo_Cooking-2 Lay the lobster open and pull off claws and legs from the lobster so you can place them separately on the grill as well. Once body is in half and legs are off you are ready to place them on the grill over the open fire. Make sure you have a nice hot fire going through the grilling process. You are now ready to prepare the butter sauce in your iron skillet (which we never camp without). Place skillet on fire next to lobster or if you have available, use your camping propane gas stove for the butter sauce. Once skillet is hot place stick of butter, chopped garlic, salt to taste and pinch of paprika in. Once garlic is a little golden, sauce is done and you can place the handful of parsley in as well and remove from fire. ©2014JustinCarrasquillo_Cooking-3 At the same time you are preparing the butter sauce, open a can of the Bush’s baked beans and place an open can directly on grill to warm up, this takes 10 minutes to get warm so if you are not done with the sauce or the lobster you can stick the can to the side of the grill where the heat is not as strong just to keep beans warm while you finish. The lobster will take 15-20 minutes depending on fire temperature. You will know it is cooked well if its shell is a little burned and the meat visible is white and has a fluff to it. Once you think it’s cooked through you are ready to break the shell open and dip in the sauce for a great campfire meal. At around the same time foil wrapped baked potatoes will be done as well and your Bush’s baked beans will be warmed up too! With the baked potatoes, all you need to do is slice them in half and place butter on top and they are ready to be devoured. Put lobster, baked potatoes and beans on a plate and enjoy! Don’t forget to dip in the butter sauce! (Our inspiration for recipe above is Bobby Flay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvJH5WpypRw, check other great recipes on his main site: http://www.bobbyflay.com/  ) For just lobster tails, try out an other camping quick recipe that we use: Just Lobster Tails: Ingredients:

  • Two lobster tails
  • Lemon
  • Butter (four table spoons)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional; dash of red pepper

Easy steps: Cut back side of shell to slightly open them to place ingredients. Place each tail on its own double foil sheet laid out flat on the picnic table or cooler top. (You need to use two sheets of wrapping foil to wrap around each tail so that you prevent burning and fast overcooking.) Place two tablespoons of butter inside each opening of the lobster, and then squeeze half a lemon in each opening. To taste shake some salt or pepper on top, as an option for a kick add red pepper as well. Wrap tightly each tail with the double sheets of foil. Place them on the open flame on the grill and leave for 8-10 minutes. (Please note cooking time may vary slightly depending on how hot the fire is and how close the grill is to the flames.) Voila! Lobster tails served from the open fire! We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do especially when the view is such as this…

Moonrise at Lake Casitas, CA.

Moonrise at Lake Casitas, CA.

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