Though this recipe for Poor Man’s Lobster may seem like a play on words here in the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen, I assure you the title and name of this recipe is for real. Poor Man’s Lobster dates way back and it is a legitimate recipe and cheaper alternative to the real thing. I can buy a healthy Filet of Cod that will break down into over a dozen 5 oz Lobster tail size pieces for only $12 bucks! Poor man’s Lobster can be made with Halibut too, and it is the preferred method as far as flavor goes, but you’re also going to be spending a little more for that cut to equal the amount of meat you can slice out of a Cod. Either way, you will find your self with a few more bills in your wallet if you purchase these two fish and follow a recipe like this one, vs. shelling out the clams for the real deal. A dozen 5 to 8 oz Lobster tails is going to cost you a minimum of 60 bucks. So stay with me here and I’ll show you a cheaper, healthy Alternative!
Cutting your Fillet is Simple. Using a sharp knife, cut across the width of the fillet keeping a 1 1/2 inch portion between each slice. This will accurately portion out every cut piece to approximately the same size of tail meat you would be pulling from the average lobster tail. Now all you have to do is follow the recipe below to properly season the water for your Poor Man’s Lobster boil.
Poor Man’s Lobster Ingredients:
1 cod filet
1 pot of water (approximately 1 qt)
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice or half squeezed lemon
1/4 stick of butter
2 bay leaves (optional)