Western rock lobster (spiny) Panulirus cygnus © Scandinavian Fishing Year Book
American lobster (Homarus americanus) and European lobster (Homarus gammarus) are the only 'true' lobster species. They differ from rock lobster varieties in having smooth shells and large front claws. Their shells, which can be blue, brown or even green, turn red when cooked.
The terms "rock" and "spiny" lobster are sometimes used interchangeably. Spiny lobster, comprising several species, has a spiny, hard shell for protection (hence its name).
Spiny/rock lobster has a sweet and firm meat, while American/European lobster has a richer, more savoury flavour. Both are delicious whole-cooked and used in a variety of recipes.
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Where to buy sustainable lobster
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