So my husband went to Aldi last week and picked up 5 frozen whole "Maine" lobsters that they had on special. I've never cooked lobster, fresh or frozen, so I have no idea what to do with these. I must say, they look pretty good for what they are. I'd like to use them before they get freezer burned, probably this coming weekend.
There are 5 of us, but two are very small (1 y.o. and 4 y.o.) so I was thinking of making lobster bisque (the cream style, not the gumbo style) with two of the lobsters, one night. I've done this before, very successfully, with crab, shrimp, and crawfish, so no problems there. But what to do with the other 3? I'm thinking of making those New England-style poboys with the lobster salad, but I don't know. Or maybe croquettes. Any good ideas/recipes?
BTW, they are NOT precooked at all, and are just over a pound apiece.
I'm also nervous about dissecting them, since I've never done more than peel boiled crawfish (badly). Do I cook them beforehand, or peel them first, or does it depend on the recipe (for lobster salad or pasta, for instance). What part of the insides is inedible? (especially important because I'd like to use the shells and bits to make stock)
If I get this right, I'll try getting some tank lobster soon. They look pretty lively at another local supermarket. Then onto fresh crab, which I can get about an hour's drive from here (super cheaply, too).
(PS, I did a search of old threads, but I'm only seeing info about frozen tails.)