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Crustacean Cooking: Maine Lobsters vs. South Carolina Shrimp

THIS OR THAT >

By
Alexa
Zizzi

TO CRACK OR TO PEEL? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

TWO AQUATIC DELICACIES FACE OFF FOR THE TITLE OF MOST DELICIOUS CRUSTACEAN

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Maine Lobsters  

BEST SERVED

Whether boiled or steamed, you can't go wrong serving this shellfish. Try a famous lobster roll with claw meat, mayo, celery and parsley in a hot dog-style bun. Or get down and dirty by cracking open the shell and picking out the tender morsels. Drawn butter and lemon are all you need to enhance the flavors of the sea.

HISTORY

The first lobster pound was established in Vinalhaven, ME, in 1876, a town where the lobster biz still thrives. Originally used by Native Americans for fish bait and crop fertilizer, traditional cooking methods covered these crustaceans in seaweed and baked them over hot rocks a method that inspired today's New England clambake.

BEST REGION FOR THE SEASON

Even though Connecticut is credited as the first place to serve a lobster roll, Maine is the state to visit if you want an authentic bite. Check out Portland for dishes such as lobster mac and cheese and seafood chowder. Bar Harbor is great stop for fresh catch.

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WHERE TO GO

There's nothing like dining on the water and breathing in the summer air while feasting on fresh seafood. For the best seaside views and daily catches, check out Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast. Or go south to Kennebunkport's The Clam Shack for a boiled lobster dish.

NUTRITION FACTS

One cup of lobster contains 27 grams of protein and is among the healthiest proteins to incorporate in your diet. It contains a rich source of copper, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B12. Best of all, it's absolutely carb-free!

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South Carolina Shrimp

BEST SERVED

A juicy bite of jumbo shrimp is delicious any way it's served. Grilled, sautéed, boiled, blackened, breaded you name it. Try a po' boy with fried shrimp covered in Rémoulade sauce spread across a French roll, or peel and enjoy freshly steamed shrimp sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning.

HISTORY

South Carolina is native to three species of shrimp: brown, white and pink, all of which bear the same delightful taste but come in different sizes. The first shrimp industry studies in America were conducted in the 1950s on Wadmalaw Island, SC. Now a multimillion-dollar market, shrimp aquaculture continues to thrive.

BEST REGION FOR THE SEASON

With two shrimping seasons in the South, a fresh catch is always plentiful. The smaller brown shrimp are harvested from May to August and white shrimp from September to December. Beaufort and Charleston are shrimping hubs.

WHERE TO GO

Nobody serves up shrimp better than the South. For creamy comfort food, check out the Acme Lowcountry Kitchen in Charleston for the best shrimp and grits. For a scenic, waterfront view to accompany your aquatic fare, visit Poseidon Coastal Cuisine & Rooftop Bar in Hilton Head.

NUTRITION FACTS

Wild-caught shrimp are rich in nutrients, low in calories and provide vitamins and natural cleansers like niacin and iodine, which are beneficial for thyroid function and brain health. All the antioxidants are sure to rejuvenate you.

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