Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby
Plain Grilled Lobster
Thrill of the Grill (William Morrow and Company,
The flavor of this dish is direct, honest, and impeccable, and
its simplicity is a tribute to the inherent beauty of food. As
is true in most cases, if you use high quality fresh ingredients,
the best thing to do is leave them alone and let the taste come
through . Grilled corn on the cob is a great side dish here.
- 2 to 2 1/2 pound whole lobsters
and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
1. Split the lobsters in half lengthwise. To do this, place each
lobster on its back and insert the point of a large French knife
into the head just below the eyes. Bring the knife down through
the tail, making sure to cut just through the meat and to leave
the shell connected. Lay the lobster open, leaving the two halves
2. Pull off the claws and legs from the lobsters and crack them
slightly with the knife handle. You just want to fracture the
shell a bit here.
3. Place the claws and legs on the grill over medium-low heat
and cover with a pie pan. Cook them for 5 or 7 minutes per side.
4. Sprinkle the lobster bodies with salt and pepper to taste and
place them flesh-side down on the grill over medium heat. Grill
for 8 to 10 minutes. (You don't need to turn these guys at all.)
Check to see if they are done by removing the tail from the shell
of one of the lobsters. The exposed meat should be completely
5. Remove the lobster from the grill and serve them with melted
butter, lemon halves, and nut-crackers if you have them. If not,
use a hammer for the claws. Make sure you have paper towels handy,
because this is a messy one. Serve with corn (see below).
Serves 4 as a main course
Basic Grilled Corn Strategy
There are any number of methods for dealing with corn on the grill,
each with its own merits. After many years of experimentation,
I have settled on the following combination of several techniques.
The traditional method has you peel away the outer husk without
actually removing it, remove the inner silky threads, then wrap
the outer husk back around the ear. You then soak the ear in water
and finally place it on the grill, where it cooks by steaming.
This method produces tasty corn, but to me it is missing the taste
of the fire. So I follow this method until the corn is just cooked,
which takes about 15 to 20 minutes over a low fire. I then remove
the husks, brush on a little butter, season with salt and pepper,
and roll the ears around on the grill ever so slightly, just to
add a little char.
Another method calls for the interior silk to be removed and for
the corn to then be wrapped in foil along with butter and seasonings
and roasted in the coals for 12 to 15 minutes. This is also an
excellent method, although again it misses the taste of the fire.
Whichever technique you use, summer corn cooked on the grill
is a welcome addition to any meal, its natural simplicity making
for some outstanding eating.
grew up in Virginia and, at age eighteen,
dropped out of school to wash dishes. He soon graduated to fry cook,
went on to receive his formal training at the Culinary Institute
of America, and subsequently cooked in restaurants ranging from
Hawaiian burger joints to New England's finest dining rooms. In
1985, he and partner Cary Wheaton opened the East Coast Grill in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in 1987, they opened Jake
and Earl's Dixie Barbecue
was born and raised in Iowa and graduated form Harvard University
in 1970. He has worked as a community organizer, legal services
advocate, health administrator and free-lance writer in the Boston
area, and for three years worked part-time with Chris Schlesinger
in the kitchen of the East Coast Grill. He has published articles
about food in several national magazines and is the feature writer
for Cook's Magazine.