Dreaming of the Maine coast on a breezy summer night? Savor a bowl of this stew and you're there.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1997


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Soak corn in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring 7 cups water, wine, bay leaf and 1 leek to a boil in a large pot. Add lobsters and cover. Cook until the lobsters turn bright red, about 10 minutes. Transfer the lobsters to a cutting board. Reserve cooking liquid.

  • When the lobsters are cool enough to handle, twist off tails and claws. Using kitchen shears, cut the underside of the tail shells in half; pull out meat. Crack the claws with a nutcracker or hammer and remove meat. Cut the lobster meat into 1/2-inch pieces; place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate. Return shells to the cooking liquid.

  • Prepare a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill. Oil the grill rack.

  • Drain the corn and grill with the remaining leek, tomatoes and onion, turning occasionally, until charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove leek, tomatoes and onion. Grill corn 3 to 4 minutes longer.

  • Husk the corn. Cut the kernels from the cobs and add to the reserved lobster meat. Add husks and cobs to the reserved liquid.

  • Remove skins from the tomatoes; add the skins to the reserved liquid along with half the onion. Coarsely chop the tomato flesh, grilled leek and remaining onion and place in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

  • Bring the cooking liquid to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to 4 cups, 25 to 30 minutes. Strain into a 4-quart pot.

  • Add potatoes, the chopped grilled vegetables, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the reserved lobster and corn, reduce heat to low and simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in basil. Serve in wide bowls, passing hot sauce separately.

Nutrition Facts

241 calories; protein 28.3g 57% DV; carbohydrates 23.3g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3g 12% DV; sugars 6.8g; fat 2g 3% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 2% DV; cholesterol 192mg 64% DV; vitamin a iu 966.7IU 19% DV; vitamin c 17.2mg 29% DV; folate 71.4mcg 18% DV; calcium 165.8mg 17% DV; iron 1.8mg 10% DV; magnesium 102.8mg 37% DV; potassium 805.6mg 23% DV; sodium 693.1mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
While this stew did take longer to prepare than most dishes that I make it was very much worth the effort. I used 3 lobsters and might add another ear or two of corn when I make this stew again. It won rave reviews from the whole family! Read More