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Lobster Azorean Style with Joe’s Spicy Portuguese Sauce

Lobster Azorean Style with Joe’s Spicy Portuguese Sauce

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One of the most memorable meals that I have enjoyed was a fantastic Portuguese Lobster meal at Lenny’s sister’s home.  I gorged myself silly, in fact, I thought I may die on the flight home that evening.  Joe, Lenny’s brother-in-law, made this exceptional spicy Portuguese sauce that was one of the best things I have ever put into my mouth.  It goes so well with steamed lobster.  Once you have Lobster Azorean Style with Joe’s Spicy Portuguese Sauce you may never go back to using only butter with your lobster.

Lobster Azorean Style with Joe's Spicy Portuguese Sauce

Lenny came home Sunday afternoon and said he was making dinner for me, and he wanted to make lobster.  Not any lobster, but. Joe’s recipe.  I am not one to turn down a lobster dinner and especially one that includes this spicy sauce made by my sexy guy!  

We hopped into the car and trekked down to the wharf.  The wharf on a Sunday afternoon is the wrong place to go but I was so excited about this meal that we made it happen.  After searching a few of the markets we found some beautiful fresh Maine lobster and grabbed the biggest one we could find, a lovely 2 pounder.

Lobster Azorean Style with Joe's Spicy Portuguese SauceTypically I throw the live lobster into a boiling pot of water that is seasoned with fresh lemon, thyme, white wine, an onion, and garlic. Kind of like a luxury spa treatment for lobster. 

Lenny feels bad plunging him into a boiling pot, so he does it the way he learned growing up, I like to call it the Portuguese way:  he cuts the tail off, cuts the body in half while a live, then he cleans it out and boils it.

Either way the lobster turns out flavorful, especially when a big bowl of Joe’s Spicy Portuguese Sauce is served alongside it. 

Lobster Azorean Style with Joe's Spicy Portuguese Sauce

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Yield: about 1 cup

Lobster Azorean Style with Joe's Spicy Portuguese Sauce

Lobster Azorean Style with Joe's Spicy Portuguese Sauce

This is our brother inlaw Joe's secret sauce that he serves with Lobster - it is so good. The spicy flavors cut through the richness of the lobster. Perfect for a hot balmy summer day.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1  yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons, fresh crushed red pepper, if you can find Portuguese (Piri Piri) use that, if not harissa works well
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • parsley, handful, minced
  • olive oil, a good Portuguese one
  • red wine vinegar
  • 1 lobster cooked to your liking


    This is really made to taste.
    Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except vinegar and olive oil.
    Adjust crushed red pepper to taste.
    Drizzle olive oil over, just enough to combine everything together.
    Sprinkle a little red wine vinegar over the top and give a good stir.
    Serve with cooked lobster - steamed or grilled.

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Monday 11th of October 2010

What gorgeous photos and spectacular recipe! I'm on my way out the door to track down dinner.

Big Boys Oven

Sunday 12th of July 2009

this is amazinr lovely and beautiful, I just can get enough of lobsters! :)


Friday 10th of July 2009

The Portuguese do have a way with seafood and this is another example of that. A delicous 'lobsta' dish!


Friday 10th of July 2009

What a beautiful blog! That lobster? It's calling my name!


Friday 10th of July 2009

I am totally intrigued by this sauce. The color is awesome. So, "fresh crushed red pepper"... is that red pepper flakes? Or a certain type of fresh pepper? And also it looks like the onions are sliced. Is that what you meant to say in the recipe instead of minced? I rarely get my hands on lobster... I've never cooked one myself (although I've watched my dad do it). What else do you think the sauce would be good with?

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