Seafood, especially lobster, makes the perfect summertime meal. Buttery, meaty, succulent claws and tails overflowing from lobster rolls, lobster pasta and lobster bisque? There’s nothing better—and nothing that impresses guests at more—at backyard gatherings on warm days.
Recipe developer and cookbook author Jason Goldstein of Chop Happy shared his fast and simple Lobster Quesadilla recipe with us that utilizes pre-cooked lobster for an easy hack. “These quesadillas cook in no time, combining cooked lobster, Monterey Jack cheese and scallions for a delightful lunch or quick dinner option,” he says.
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Inspired by a trip to the Bahamas with his husband Tom, a cool breeze, cold drinks and cheesy lobster fun were the catalyst for this lobster ‘dilla. “I remember thinking how simple the ingredients were, so I went home and had to make it myself to bring back foodie memories! Now every time we eat this I close my eyes and dream of an island vacation.”
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Ingredients Needed for Lobster Quesadillas
All you need to create this dish: 1 lb lobster (cooked and chopped), Monterrey jack cheese, scallions, butter and tortillas.
Tips for Making Lobster Quesadillas
- Buy lobster pre-cooked from the supermarket. I would go to the fishmonger and ask them to steam some lobster tails and claws so you know it’s fresh. The fresher the lobster, the sweeter and more melt-in-your-mouth delicious it is.
- Grate your own cheese. When you buy pre-grated cheese there are always chemicals added to keep the cheese shape. When you grate it yourself it tastes fresher and melts much better.
- Less is more. This recipe has simple ingredients that speak for themselves. When you put lots of extras the ingredients don’t shine!
If you love this easy lobster quesadilla recipe, try Jason’s Lobster Gruyere Grilled Cheese recipe from his cookbook, The Happy Sandwich.
- 1 lb lobster, (cooked and chopped)
- 4 scallions, (chopped)
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 tortillas
- 3 cups Monterrey jack cheese
Preheat a large pan at medium heat.
First, place one tablespoon of butter in the pan and melt it.
Now add a tortilla to pan.
On half of the tortilla place some of the cheese, scallions, lobster, and more cheese on top.
Cook the tortilla for 1-2 minutes.
When the bottom of the tortilla is brown, fold the other half the tortilla over and press down.
Remove from pan, repeat for the rest of the quesadillas. Cut in half and enjoy!