Yup, it’s that time of year. When engagement ring commercials take over your TV. Walgreens turns into a sea of pink, white, and red greeting cards, and restaurants try to convince you that it’s a good idea to splurge on an epically priced prix fixe meal. Instead of spending all your cash on these commercialized traditions, go for the gold and head to the grocery store for some lobster. After all, it is the most romantic crustacean of the sea.

1. It’s red.

The color of looooove. Just ask any four-year-old: Love is red and pink.
Basic Steamed Lobster recipe and photo from CHOW

2. Eating it is primal.

You dig into it with your hands. Get messy. Tear apart claws and suck juicy meat out of the shell. Flick butter and lemon at each other as you savor the sweet and tender meat. And after you get messy, you have to clean up—might as well do that together, too, right?
Photo from CHOW

3. Lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.

All together, now: Lobster. Mac. And. Cheese. Yeah.
Photo and recipe from Steamy Kitchen

4. Spicy flavors.

Delicate lobster lends itself well to spicy, fragrant flavors. Coconut milk and Thai bird’s-eye chiles. Butter and fresh serrano peppers. Even a whisper of curry works well with it. When things are that hot, it’s best not to wear too many clothes … enter romance.
Photo from Travel + Leisure

5. Lobster risotto.

Sautéing rice in butter. Opening a bottle of Prosecco. That first bite of creamy, buttery rice studded with lobster…if you haven’t swooned by now, you never will.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

6. Lobster rolls.

Messy. Creamy. Relaxed. Indulgent. Everything easy romance should be—plus delicious.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

7. Lobster salad.

Because sometimes the most romantic thing you can do is help your lover stay on his/her low-carb diet.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

8. Classic.

There is something so undeniably cool about eating lobster Thermidor and knowing that your mother and grandmother would have eaten the exact same dish on Valentine’s Day and been just as wowed by it.
Photo from Jaunted

9. Easy cleanup.

The lobster bib never goes out of style.
Photo from The Gloss; header lobster image from Bon Appétit

Sarah Spigelman Richter is a New York City–based writer, blogger, and social media manager. She has developed recipes for Tabasco, blogs about her favorite restaurants and recipes at Fritos and Foie Gras, and can be found, most Friday nights, watching “Arrested Development” reruns.
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