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.




Maple Glazed Salmon

Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

Main Dish:
4 (5-6 oz.) salmon fillet
24 (26-30) count peeled shrimp
4 bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 10-15 minutes)
olive oil
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1 cup dried cherry and maple glaze

Sweet Maple and Dried Cherry Glaze:
2 cups real maple syrup
3 tablespoons soy sauce (light if available)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped dried tart cherries
1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 cup white sugar

To make the Glaze: Combine syrup, soy sauce, water and cherries in small sauce pot over medium heat. Squeeze juice from half lemon in mixture and stir well. Once mixture is heated, begin adding ¼ cup of sugar and stir until complete dissolved. Taste glaze for sweetness. As different maple syrups will have different levels of sweetness, it might be necessary to add additional sugar. Once glaze is sweet enough, remove from heat and refrigerate. When completely cool, cover and store chilled. Use at room temperature as glaze for grilled fresh fish.

To make main dish:  After soaking the skewers, slide 6 shrimp onto each skewer, leaving room on either end. Brush both sides with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Brush salmon with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper as well. Place salmon on grill skin side up. Grill approximately 5 minutes, then carefully flip on grill. Baste with maple cherry glaze, and continue to cook a 5 to 10 more minutes.boutnutes per side, basting with maple cherry glaze once per side. Place salmon on plate, top with shrimp skewer, and top with remaining maple cherry glaze. Garnish with fresh grilled asparagus.

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