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Lobster Corn Dog with Citrus Sauce

It’s party time – Fiesta Friday has arrived! I’m heading over to The Novice Gardener’s for another week of fun, I can’t believe this is Fiesta Friday #10 already! Before the food, I offer a little back story on today’s contribution which coincides with my frame of mind this time of year. Growing up, warmer weather in the Spring always brought anticipation of my favorite summer activity of all – making the trek to Cedar Point in nearby Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point has always been the amusement park of choice for our family. Close to home…check. Coasters galore…check. Water park…check. For years and years I made at least one trip each summer to Cedar Point. As a child under my parent’s watchful eye, as a guest of my dear friend Lynn and her parents and finally as a teenager with a carload of friends [no parents – but that’s another story, hehe]. Glenn and I continued the yearly trek with our own children in tow. First when they were small children, then they brought friends along, sometimes with other families and finally on their own with their group of friends. The cycle continued! Different faces, different times, yet essentially the same.

M M & T T

One thing that hasn’t changed much in all these years is the amusement park food. Funnel cakes and frozen bananas…hamburgers and corn dogs. Aahhh – the corn dog 🙂 Definitely one of my personal favorites all these years! Until I discovered….

lobster corn dog….the Lobster Corn Dog! Yes, Lobster! Not your average corn dog, and not at Cedar Point. But still found close to home – and even closer than Cedar Point. Years back, there was a Taste Fest each summer in Detroit. Local restaurants would gather in the streets to sell their fare. From fine dining establishments to greasy spoons – all the best stuff. Glenn and I would take the kids to taste the “finer things in life”, and normally follow our meal with a trip to the ballpark to take in a Detroit Tigers game. We had this tradition for 5 years or so until the Taste Fest was no more. Well, at least the Tigers remained 🙂lobster corn dogThe Lobster Corn Dog was the offering from Coach Insignia, a fine dining establishment in downtown Detroit. Our first year to the Taste Fest, we got one to share four ways…not nearly enough to make us all happy! By the time the last year of the fest came along it was one each, and we were all happy campers! In fact, we made the trip there the last year just for the Lobster Corn Dog. I haven’t had one since…until now! Woo hoo…I cannot verbalize my joy in finding this recipe!lobster corn dogThe evolution of lobster to corn dog starts with lobster tails, split down the middle. The tails are threaded unto skewers and dipped in a light batter, then fried until golden. Pure heaven! The accompanying citrus sauce can be used as either a glaze or a dip. If using as a dip [my preference], I feel a half recipe is more than enough. This recipe makes 6 hearty appetizers. Enjoy…

Lobster Corn Dog with Citrus Sauce

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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lobster corn dog

Ingredients:
6 ounces orange marmalade
6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
½ cup yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
1 cup soda water
Oil for frying
6 bamboo skewers [8-10 inches long, you may have to cut to size to fit in your fryer/pot]
3 lobster tails [approximately 4 ounces each]
Directions:
Make the citrus glaze/dip: Bring the marmalade, vinegar, honey and ginger to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Reduce the heat to a simmer; allow mixture to reduce by one-third. When the mixture has reduced, remove it from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in the sesame oil, Dijon mustard and whole grain mustard and cool it completely. Add the parsley and set aside.

Prepare the corn dog batter: In a large bowl mix together the cornmeal, flour and cornstarch. Slowly whisk in the soda water. Let the batter rest 5 minutes. In a deep fryer or pot, heat oil to 325ºF. [The oil must be deep enough to submerge the lobster corn dogs.]

Assembly/frying of the corn dogs: Cut the lobster tails lengthwise and remove the meat from the shell. You will now have 2 pieces of meat per tail. Thread the lobster meat onto a bamboo skewer. Dip the lobster sticks into the corn dog batter, coating them thoroughly, then slowly place them into the deep fryer/pot for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are golden brown. Hint: Use a tall, narrow container to hold the batter for dipping the skewers. I used a beer glass which worked perfectly.

To serve:Place lobster dogs on a bed of cole slaw; serve with a small container of citrus sauce for dipping or drizzle the sauce over the hot lobster corn dogs.

Lobster Corn Dog recipe adapted from here.

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78 comments

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  2. My husband and I go to a seafood restaurant on the water here in New Hampshire that serves fried lobster so I can just imagine how good the lobster corn dog is.

    • Hahhah, I don’t want to be the one responsible for turning you back to seafood Johnny! However, as for the sauce, everyone in the house was in agreement that the sauce would probably work great with a simple stir-fry of veggies. The flavors are reminiscent of an Asian style sweet and sour sauce.

  3. Nancy, I so enjoyed this post. I love the happy memories from your childhood that continued on with your own kids. And the lobster corn dogs? That’s just crazy delicious!! I’ve never heard of them before today…and I’m so glad you introduced them! Lobster corn dogs are definitely on my “make soon” list now! Thanks so much for sharing.. xx 🙂

    • Thanks Prudy! Ive found attempting to pass on all of the life experiences I found fun, exciting or memorable in some way, are some of the greatest joys of parenting. Whether my kids carry it all forward to the future generation remains unknown! Until then…we’ll eat lobster corn dogs! Lots of lobster corn dogs 😉

  4. Goodness! I could have written a good deal of this post. I was born and raised in Detroit and though Taste Fest started after I left, I did attend it a few times. I attended quite a few Tiger games, along with the Red Wings, though at the old Olympia. We have relatives that lived just outside Sandusky and often went there to visit and spend the day at Cedar Point. How I missed these lobster corn dogs is a mystery and one that I’m not too happy about. They sound so very good. Now, thanks to you, I can have them without making a 300 mile trek. 🙂

    • It never ceases to amaze me that we can live parallel lives with others, yet never be aware of those similarities. That has been one of the happy surprises of writing this blog. I’m glad, that while reading through snippets of my experiences, you were able to connect on such a personal level. I hope you get an opportunity to make your own lobster corn dog and that one bite will conjure up even more happy memories! Thanks for sharing your stories with me John 🙂

  5. Wow, I’m coming over right now for some lobster corn dogs, Nancy! I have never seen these before and am so delighted to have found them through you–this would be a super fun food to make for friends for a Spring or summer gathering. Thanks for sharing your sweet story with us, too!

    • Thank you Ngan! Thanks to our local restaurant we can all make them at home now! You’re right that it’s the perfect summer party food – as soon as the hot weather arrives I’m making them again!

  6. Ah amusement park food, we ask remember those and have our favourites don’t we? For me it was the chiko roll, always with fried potato scallops on the side. Something about fried potatoes and amusement parks! The lobster corn dog looks fantastic, and positively fine dining by comparison, haha! Thanks for this fantastic recipe and the trip down memory lane! 😀

    • Thanks 🙂 It always pleases me when my sharing of remembering in turn sparks others memories too! The chiko roll and fried potatoes sounds interesting! Amusement parks to seem to be the place for all things fried!

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