Spiny Lobster – Boca Chica Panama
On the Pacific coast of Chiriqui Panama is a small town known as Boca Chica. Boca Chica has great allure to people who want to dock their boats and take them out into the Pacific for fishing. This year the Panamanian government is continuing a project to pave the once almost impassible road from the Interamerican Highway to Boca Chica and that has made the town passable.
One recent fishing trip ending in mechanical failure when our boat would not start. Not to be dissuaded from an experience we went to the dock and encountered a local fisherman bringing in a load of Spiny Lobsters. A few minutes and some dollars later we found ourselves the proud owners of a dinner to be.
Daniel is holding one of the members of the dinner party.
A spiny lobster is a different animal literally from the wonderful succulent creatures available the NE US and Canada. The Maine Lobster is a creature with a sweet moist flavor that we cold not duplicate in with this dinner guest. The Spiny Lobster is literally an oversized Crayfish lacking the large claws of it distant cold water cousin.
Spiny lobsters are found in almost all warm seas, including the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea, but are particularly common in Australasia, where they are referred to commonly as crayfish or sea crayfish (Jasus novaehollandiae and Jasus edwardsii), and South Africa (Jasus lalandii). A new species, Palinurus barbarae was described in 2006.
Spiny lobsters tend to live in crevices of rocks and coral reefs, only occasionally venturing out at night to seek snails, clams, crabs, sea urchins or carrion to eat. Sometimes, they migrate en masse, in long files of lobsters across the sea floor. Potential predators may be deterred from eating spiny lobsters by a loud screech made by the antennae of the spiny lobsters rubbing against a smooth part of the exoskeleton.
Spiny lobsters usually exhibit social habit by being together. However recent studies indicate that healthy lobsters move away from infected ones leaving the diseased lobsters to fend for themselves.
This is a simple preparation for a broiled Spiny Lobster tail,
BROILED SPINY LOBSTER
4 Spiny lobster tails
1/2 lb. butter
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. Tabasco
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare lobster–split down back, NOT all the way through so can be butterflied.
Place butter, parsley, and rest in bowl. Blend. Spread mixture over tails. Cook 6-8 minutes in oven depending on size (large tails may take 15-20 minutes). Serve with rice. Serves 4.