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Menorcan lobster stew
Type Soup
Place of origin Spain, United States
Region or state Menorca, Maine
Main ingredients Lobster

Lobster stew is found in a variety of cuisines. Two famous versions are Menorcan caldera de llagosta and Maine lobster stew.


There is a variety of Catalan lobster stews.

Perhaps the most famous is the Menorcan caldera de llagosta (Catalan). Lobster is added to a sofrito, onions, tomatoes, garlic and parsley and boiled, and is eaten with thin slices of bread. It is a signature dish of Menorca, and even the monarchy of Spain has been known to travel to Menorca to enjoy it.

This dish is only available during spring and summer, because the local lobsters are protected and can only be captured between March and August.

A very similar recipe which also includes saffron, green peppers, wine and brandy can be called langosta a la catalana. Another recipe involves a sauce of lobster blood and chocolate.

New England

Lobster stew is perhaps the most popular lobster dish in Maine. It is similar to New England clam chowder in that it is based on milk. Unlike most Maine lobster dishes, it uses shelled lobster meat.

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