Santa Barbara Spiny Lobster
Local Spiny Lobster Season is open October to Mid March
California Spiny Lobster, the most sought-after lobster globally (more so than its infamous Maine cousin), is caught from Baja to Point Conception - making the South Coast the northernmost stretch at which the tasty bug is found. Spiny Lobster has a full bodied flavor that is subtly salty and sweet. These lobsters are great boiled, steamed or grilled. Unlike the Maine Lobster, our Local Spiny Lobster does not have claws, and the tail meat is sweeter than that of its Maine counterpart. Demand for the California Spiny Lobster pushes up the price and makes it a little more of a luxury than other shellfish, but one that is worth it. Our local Spiny Lobster season goes from October through mid-March, so make sure to catch them while their in stock.
- Live lobster
- About 1.5 lbs each
- Wild Caught, Santa Barbara
Cooking wise, they are better rare than overcooked. Cook just under a boil. Cooking a full boil renders out fat and meat will lose its flavor. Also, while boiling is the more traditional way you will come out with a better texture with a two part process. After 2 to 3 minutes in the water, remove the lobster and split down the middle. Butter the meat and finish cooking under the broiler or on the BBQ grill. Keep a close watch as the meat will burn quickly. This gives a much better texture and you also have the chance to season the meat as you cook.