A Tale of Two Lobsters with LatinoFoodie #Giveaway #Spon

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We finally had our Julia Child moment as we prepared lobster two ways to celebrate Red Lobster’s #BestLobsterFest happening now until April 13, 2014. The restaurant chain sent us four, live, one-and-a-half pound lobsters, allowing us to experiment with different recipes. Did I mention these lobsters were LIVE?

Lobster Collage

While we enjoyed preparing our own dueling lobsters, actually, it was A LOT of fun, if you’d rather the experts cook up one of these delicious dishes for you, stop into your local Red Lobster for Lobsterfest. To help get you there, they gave us gift cards to giveaway. Continue reading to learn how to make Art’s delicious Cilantro Citrus Butter and win a gift card.

In our kitchen we were serving our lobsters simply so Art wanted to play with various butter flavorings. He grilled two of the lobsters basted in a tangy Cilantro Citrus Butter. The fresh juices of oranges and limes melded together nicely with the butter and cilantro.

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I went another route and fried the lobsters in lard. Yep, good ol’ manteca Puerto Nuevo style. Puerto Nuevo is a sea side community located in Rosarito Beach Municipality in the Mexican state of Baja California; it is famous as the “Lobster Village.” According to tradition, the lobsters are pan-fried in lard, so the meat stays soft and tender with beans, rice and homemade flour tortillas served on the side.

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Channeling our inner Julia Child as we prepared our lobster two ways.  Enjoy the video below.

Cilantro Citrus Butter Recipe
¼ teaspoon lime zest
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ bunch fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 Serrano pepper, stemmed, seeded
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
3 garlic cloves, peeled
4 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Divide the cilantro citrus butter: some for serving and some for basting.
  3. Poach your lobster in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  4. Preheat your grill.
  5. Once cool enough to handle, cut your lobster in half lengthwise.  It is best to use a sharp knife.  Clean out the green tomalley.
  6. Lightly brush your lobster with some of your cilantro citrus butter.  Place on the grill, meat side down for about 30 seconds.  Then carefully turn over and allow to cook for another 5 minutes, brushing the butter on your lobster throughout the grilling process.

Cilantro Citrus Lobster Plated Hero Shot FINAL

More about #BestLobsterFest.  This year there are three new Lobsterfest platters:

  • Dueling Lobster Tails (one tail is stuffed with garlic shrimp, the other with crab salad)
  • Ultimate Surf and Turf (crab-stuffed lobster tail & grilled sirloin topped with Maine lobster meat)
  • Lobster in Paradise (coconut-breaded lobster tail with coconut dipping sauce, grilled shrimp and a tropical lobster, shrimp, and macadamia nut bake)

Don’t miss your chance to indulge on all things lobster at this year’s Lobsterfest. To learn more visit RedLobster.com, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Facebook.com/RedLobster@RedLobster and @OfficialRedLobster using #bestlobsterfest.

Hurry Lobsterfest ends on April 13.

Red Lobster Giveaway:
Leave a comment on this post and enter to win a gift card from Red Lobster. We’ll be selecting two winners.

Red Lobster provided LatinoFoodie with the live lobsters and gift cards, but all opinions are our own.

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  1. I loved your video and the lobsters looked so yummy!!!

  2. Yum! Been too long since I’ve had lobster…fingers are crossed

  3. OMG both recipes sound delicious and look beautiful! My mouth is watering for Art’s Cilantro Citrus Butter but on the other hand who can resist lobster Puerto Nuevo style…..decisions, decisions, i want to try both!!!

  4. Your recipes look delicious!
    I would have to go to Red Lobster to enjoy lobster because I’ve never cooked it 😉

  5. Your cilantro citrus butter recipe sounds GREAT!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for the Red Lobster giveaway, I would love to take my husband out for a MUCH needed date night! We have infant twins, so we never get out much nor can we usually afford it. lol.
    Thank you SO much for the chance!!
    Faithrains2387 (At) Yahoo.com

  6. My family loves eating at Red Lobster! Who can resist the cheddar bay biscuits?

  7. I am craving the Ultimate Surf and Turf! I love Red Lobster!

  8. I would like to try the Lobster in Paradise at Red Lobster.

  9. I would like to win this giveaway. Thanks for listing your recipe. Cannot believe they sent you LIVE lobsters!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the Red Lobster Gift Card.

  10. I really want to try all of these, but especially the Lobster in Paradise!

  11. I love Red Lobster. Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. Both recipes look great, but Art’s cilantro citrus butter recipe and his salad look delicious!!

  13. I would like to try Dueling Lobster Tails

  14. Love to take my husband out to dinner there

  15. I’d like to win this and try the Lobster in Paradise dish!

  16. Wow – I would love to go to Red Lobster!!

  17. It looks so good! I can’t remember the last time I had lobster.

  18. I love lobster! We’ll have to check this out.

  19. Cilantro Citrus Butter?! Amazing.

  20. It would be nice to have a family dinner at Red Lobster, we haven’t been there in a while and we all love their food.

  21. Great video and thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  22. It’s been so long since I ‘ve had lobster and I love going to Red Lobster !

  23. The lobster with Cilantro Citrus Butter looks really good, makes my mouth water. Looks like you also enjoyed the beers while making the video LOL! Rock Lobster on guys!

  24. this is making it very hard to decide, 2lb or 3lb!
    excellent site!

  25. I would love to win, will definitely use it for my anniversary that is coming up!

  26. I love this article & recipes. I’m sure I will make it to Red Lobster! But you reminded me
    of my favorite memory of being in Rosarita during Langostina week. Was the weekend they had the big lobster “fry”!!! Most fun EVER! And the lobster was amazing. Would love to go back but next best thing will be Red Lobster. And definitely going to try some of these recipes!!!

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