Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Steamed Blue Crabs

Red Lobster

1 dozen large male blue crabs (cleaner and more meaty than the female)
1 can your favorite beer
1/4 cup sliced onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup white vinegar
8 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
cocktail sauce

Use a large stock pot with a steamer tray (if no steamer tray you can elevate a large plate or platter on top of several cups or juice glasses). Just be sure the plate, which will hold the crabs, is above the liquid.

Place beer, onion, garlic, bay leaves, vinegar and 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning in the stock pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Place crabs, belly-side down, in the steamer tray (or on the plate). Sprinkle with remaining Old Bay Seasoning. Cover and steam on high heat 15 minutes. Remove from pot and serve with extra Old Bay seasoning and cocktail sauce.

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