Everything You Need to Know About Lobster Meat
Sometimes you just want to buy lobster meat to put in your favorite recipes, on salads, in soups, or even just to enjoy on its own. We agree, already shelled lobster meat is amazing and versatile.
Fresh vs. Frozen Lobster Meat
First, let’s go over the basics of fresh vs. frozen lobster meat. The best way to get fresh lobster meat is to catch or order a live lobster then cook it yourself. Maine Lobster Now does offer live lobsters in a variety of sizes that we can overnight directly to your home. We also offer pre-cooked and prepared fresh lobster meat that is immediately sealed to preserve freshness for when it arrives at your door. Most notably, this is the meat we deliver with our best-selling 6- and 12- pack lobster roll kits, along with a variety of other fresh lobster meat options.
The other alternative is our frozen lobster meat. What makes ours the best available is that it is flash-frozen directly after it is cooked using our proprietary nitrogen freezing tank, and vacuum-sealed to ensure quality and flavor.
TCK and CK Lobster Meat
TCK stands for tail, claw, and knuckle meat. CK stands for Claw and Knuckle meat. Maine Lobster Now offers both options.
It’s all delicious, but what are the actual differences? Tail meat is firmer, while the claw and knuckle meat is more tender. There is also more meat in the tail, but if you aren’t shelling it yourself that isn’t something to worry so much about. That’s really it. For some recipes, you might want firmer meat, like in a soup for instance. In others, like on a salad, you might want the tender claw and knuckle meat. This isn’t critical for many of us, it really just comes down to preference. Maybe you like them both–even better.
That’s not to say that there isn’t some fun and healthy debate about which is better. Though, we don’t think there will ever be any firm conclusion or agreement on that. If you don’t know what you prefer, order some of each or a mixture of them all and find out!
Other Lobster Meat Resources
If you opt to order a live lobster or lobster tails and shell them yourself for the lump lobster meat, these guides will make the process easy and even fun.
Lobster Meat Recipes
These are just a few of our favorites. Check out our blog and the recipe section of our website for more seafood cooking inspiration.