Lobster stew

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Menorcan lobster stew
Place of originSpain, United States
Region or stateMenorca, Maine
Main ingredientsLobster

Lobster stew is found in a variety of cuisines. Two famous versions are Menorcan caldera de llagosta[1][2] and Maine lobster stew.


There is a variety of Catalan lobster stews.

Perhaps the most famous is the Menorcan caldera de llagosta [3] (Catalan). Lobster is added to a sofrito, onions, tomatoes, garlic and parsley and boiled, and is eaten with thin slices of bread. It is a signature dish of Menorca, and even the monarchy of Spain has been known to travel to Menorca to enjoy it. [4]

This dish is only available during spring and summer, because the local lobsters are protected and can only be captured between March and August.

A very similar recipe which also includes saffron, green peppers, wine and brandy can be called langosta a la catalana. Another recipe involves a sauce of lobster blood and chocolate.[5]

New England[edit]

Lobster stew, along with the lobster roll, is one of the most popular lobster dishes in Maine. It is similar to New England clam chowder in that it is based on milk.[6] Unlike most Maine lobster dishes, it uses shelled lobster meat.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""ÀMBIT, Revista trimestral del Departament de Cultura i Educació del Consell Insular de Menorca Número 53 Gener-març 2019 DL: ME 524-2007"" (PDF).
  2. ^ (PDF) http://www.cime.es/WebEditor/Pagines/file/Ambit/WEBCIM_Ambit_revistacultura_num53.pdf. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ (PDF) http://www.cime.es/WebEditor/Pagines/file/Ambit/WEBCIM_Ambit_revistacultura_num53.pdf. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Curiosidades Turísticas de Menorca Archived 2010-12-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Alan Davidson, Mediterranean Seafood, 1972, p. 280
  6. ^ Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, "Lobster Stew", The Joy of Cooking, 1985, ISBN 0026045702, p. 188
  7. ^ Jasper White, "Traditional Lobster Stew", Lobster at Home, 1998, ISBN 0684800772, p. 52