Freshly caught, lobsters from Gaspésie are arriving in grocery stores and fishmongers to our greatest pleasure.
Since April 29, the lobster fishing season has been open in the Gaspésie Peninsula, so you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious shellfish for a few more weeks.
How do you know if the lobster you’re buying is really from Gaspésie?
It can be identified by the traceability medallion attached to the elastic band around its claws.
To find out more, simply enter the number on the medallion at monhomard.ca.
Find out who caught your lobster and learn more about lobster fishing.
Gaspesian lobster is also certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Thanks to the efforts of the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie (RPPSG) over the past 20 years, lobster fishing is now sustainable.
Examples of conservation methods include increasing the minimum catch size from 76 to 83 mm, imposing a maximum catch size, setting up a hatchery (a nursery for returning baby lobsters to the sea) or installing artificial reefs to provide more shelter for lobsters.
And best of all, lobster caught in Gaspésie is still the only traceable lobster in the world!
Gaspésie lobster, one of the best in the world
The fact that lobsters live on the rocky seabeds and clear waters of the Gaspésie Peninsula gives their meat exceptional quality and flavor.
To find out how to cook lobster, cut it thermidor-style and shell it, see our article Lobster: how to cook, shell and prepare it.
What to serve with lobster?
When serving a whole lobster, don’t forget that the star of the meal is the lobster!
So it doesn’t need a lot of ingredients or work to enhance its delicate taste. It’s best to keep things simple:
- a simple butter, for example with garlic flowers and salt;
- lemon or lime juice mixed with a little olive oil and a pinch of fleur de sel;
- a green salad;
- pilaf or white rice;
- grilled vegetables (eggplants, zucchini, peppers or asparagus);
- stuffed potatoes or in salads.
You can also serve it as an Asian-style lobster salad.
Lobster from Gaspésie and Quebec wine, a perfect match
Not sure which one to choose? That’s good, because we’ve got a few suggestions for you.
Les Vents d’Ange Cuvée Catherine
This white wine seduces with its notes of grilled peaches and white flowers. Serve chilled with lobster. It also goes very well with dishes with lemony notes. Available at the SAQ
La Halte des Pèlerins Le Voyageur
This fruity, semi-sweet wine, with its aromas of tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, is a wonderful discovery. Served with grilled lobster, garlic butter and lemon, it was perfect.
Then, tasted on its own to finish the meal, its sweeter notes became more prominent. Delicious! Available at the SAQ
Vignoble Rivière du Chêne William
This white wine, with its tropical fruit, pear and citrus notes, is another must for lobster and other shellfish. Available at the SAQ
Léon Courville Vigneron Cuvée Détente