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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.

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚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
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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lobster corn dog

Ingredients:
6 ounces orange marmalade
6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
ΒΌ cup honey
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
Β½ teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Β½ cup yellow cornmeal
Β½ cup all-purpose flour
ΒΌ 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:
β€’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.

β€’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 325ΒΊF. [The oil must be deep enough to submerge the lobster corn dogs.]

β€’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.

β€’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

  1. Whoa Nancy!! This is beyond the beyond!! You brought us lobster corn dogs??? You are amazing. I couldn’t have dreamed this up in a hundred years and now if I live another hundred years I think I will be still dreaming of it!! When you live on the west coast like I do, lobster is an incredible luxury, so your recipe for me is like very elevated haute cuisine!! Wow, you are so nice to have brought us this…can I get you another Latin Lover?? I am getting better at making them as this party goes on! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Julianna :)) Glad I was able to offer something new and exciting for you! It’s definitely a bit different – but it’s definitely delicious! Another Latin Lover? Don’t mind if I do πŸ™‚ You and Hilda have been excellent hosts! Thanks for another fantastically fun fiesta Friday!

  2. This looks so good! I love seafood and robster is a kind of seafood! Oh, how nice to have lovely family memory with tasty food. Our summer day trips usually consist of sea side and fish&chips. I love those summer feeling, but I’d like a up-grade to this robster from my usual fish&chips.

    • Thank you! The memories associated with food definitely feeds my soul. The sea-side and fish and chips sounds lovely too…I wouldn’t mind that at all…sounds heavenly to me!

  3. This is great party fare – where all the separating the lobster from its casing is done in the kitchen. My associations with lobster go back to the time I lived in New Brunswick – all good memories are connected with food, and vice versa.
    Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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  5. I so enjoy reading your posts and then remembering my own adventures over the years going to the places your have been. Tigers games and Cedar Point. I took the kids but never went on the coasters – bad experience when I was younger! I never had the pleasure of attending a Taste Fest or eating at the Coach Insignia. Your lobster corn dog sounds absolutely delicious and a recipe I just have to try it. Love it Nancy πŸ™‚

    • I’m so glad you can connect with my stories on a more personal level Judi πŸ™‚ Looking back, it’s amazing all the little things our corner of the world has offered us through the years. And for some reason, most of my memories attach themselves to food in some way, hahah! I hope you get a chance to make these πŸ™‚

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