Lobster of any kind is really about freshness. And once you’ve learned even the basics of cooking live lobsters, this creates the freshest and best-tasting result.
It’s also a great way to explore your culinary side and/or impress your guests with the same fine-dining experience they would get at seafood restaurants. Claws, tail, knuckles, and body, live lobster has something to offer everyone. Below are some of the best and cheapest live lobster delivery companies in the country and their various pricing options for different sizes of lobster and lobster types.
Today, Stanley Park is offering these various types of lobster delivery comparisons. These comparison grids are just the Top 5 cheapest lobster delivery companies. Scroll down to see. (If you want to see all of the companies compared side-by-side for a particular lobster type, just click the link below the grid.)
Before making your purchase, it’s good to know the basics. Bigger lobsters will look more impressive and will still yield a delicious meal, but smaller lobsters have more tender meat. Not sure what size you’re looking for? One-and-a-half-pound lobsters are the most popular size and make for a good single-serving size, but you can also go to 2-3lbs for heartier eaters who may be impressed with a slightly larger lobster. (We typically only recommend 3-5lbs lobsters for people who are looking for a better price per pound on live lobster meat as part of their homemade lobster rolls or dinner recipe—and who have an oversized pot that accommodate these larger lobsters.)
Lobsters tails have the most meat of any part of the lobster, making them more satisfying and cheaper to ship (per pound of meat) across the country. For the most part, you can tell whether you’ll be a fan of lobster tails based on your experience eating a whole lobster: If you like to cherish, the sweetest and most tender meat that exists in the claws and knuckles, then you may be disappointed by the slightly tougher texture of the tail. If you’re frustrated by cracking open the hard lobster shell for just a couple small bites of meat, then you’ll likely find that tails are the best way to enjoy your lobster.
With Stanley Park Fish House, you’ll know what kind of lobster tail you’re buying. Rock lobsters (also known as spiny lobsters) have no claws, meaning most of the lobster meat is in the tail, anyway. However, the meat from these warm-water lobsters is tougher and blander than the meat from cold-water New England lobsters. There is also a hybrid category of cold-water rock lobster that is harvested from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. These varieties are generally perceived to be better than warm-water lobsters but not as good as Maine lobsters.
What we have done in the shipping columns is to go through the shopping carts at each company and try to get down to how little you can order and how much that will cost. Basically trying to find the minimum amount it will cost to ship their product. However, the costs also vary by distance away from Maine. The farther you are, the more costly to reach you. Also the more you order (i.e. the more weight to ship) the higher the cost of shipping. So there are some dynamics involved in shipping that we just can’t know without knowing how much you are ordering and where it is being delivered to, and even when: as some Saturday/Sunday deliveries carry even higher costs. What we tried to do with shipping was create an expectation of minimum costs. The shipping costs are unlikely to be accurate for any particular lobster order. Best we can do today.