These days lobster is an expensive seafood, alternatives are welcome; such as this poor man’s lobster recipe.
This recipe gives an alternative that is just as good in so many ways, and tastes like lobster.
The irony of course is that real lobster was at one time known as a poor man’s food.
This was because there was an oversupply of lobsters, which long ago were fed to prisoners, and slaves.
What is Poor Man’s Lobster?
Poor man’s lobster refers to a dish made of white fish, cooked in the style of lobster, mimicking many of the similar flavors.
Is Cod The Best Substitute?
Cod fillets work really well, but are by no means the only white fish you can use.
Sea bass, sea bream, and halibut all work very well.
How to Make Poor Man’s Lobster
Cut a whitefish fillet into several pieces about two inches wide.
Drop the pieces of fish into the boiling water, allowing to cook for about 7 minutes, until the fish flakes a bit.
Remove from the butter and squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the fish.
Sprinkle it with pepper and paprika for color.
Serve with melted butter.
Tips for Making
- Don’t overcook the fish otherwise it will easily begin to fall apart making it difficult to serve as single pieces.
- Do smother the fish in butter, no such thing as too much butter with this dish.
- Salted butter works best.