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, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are everywhere, 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 food, or at least the most romantic crustacean of the sea.
Here are nine reasons why we adore Homarus americanus.
1. It’s Red
The color of looooove. Just ask any four-year-old: Love is red and pink. You know, like a heart.
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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?
ZYLISS Seafood Cracker, $9.99 on Amazon
Allegedly unbreakable, this will help you get straight to the sweet meat.
3. It’s Classic
There is something so undeniably cool about eating lobster Thermidor and knowing that your mother and grandmother (and Julia Child, for that matter) would have eaten the exact same dish on Valentine’s Day and been just as wowed by it. Get a classic Lobster Thermidor recipe, or try our New England Clambake with Lobster recipe.
Rockport Romance Lobster Dinner for Two, $179.95 at Lobster Anywhere
Or you can always order in.
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4. Lobster Mac and Cheese
5. Lobster Risotto
6. Lobster Rolls
7. Lobster Salad
Because sometimes the most romantic thing you can do is help your lover stay on his/her low-carb diet (and yes, you can still have dessert if you do a keto Valentine’s Day). Get our Lobster Salad recipe.
8. You Can Spice Things Up (Literally)
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. Get the Cantonese-Style Ginger Scallion Lobster recipe.
9. You Get to Wear a Bib
The lobster bib never goes out of style. And if that’s all you want to wear, well…no one’s stopping you (in your own home, at least).
Catered Cravings Lobster Feast Supply Kit, $24.97 on Amazon
Get enough lobster bibs, meat extractors, moist towelettes, and lemon juice filter nets for 8 people if you want to spread the love.
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