How to Cook & Shell Lobster at Home

cooked-lobsterA lot of people shy away from cooking lobster at home because they think it’s messy or they don’t have the right equipment.  Really all you need is a good sized soup pot (if you don’t have one, borrow one of ours) and some claw crackers.  You pay a fraction of what you’d pay in a restaurant by doing this at home and you don’t have to embarrass yourself by wearing one of those lobster bibs in public!

Check out this video to see how easy it really is…..

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66 Quick Seafood Recipes

Check out these 66 quick and easy seafood recipes that can all be done in under an hour.  Love her or hate her you have to admit Martha Stewart knows her stuff!

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8 Easy Low Calorie Seafood Recipes Featured on

Check out these eight easy low calorie seafood recipes featured on MSN’s  These recipes will get you back on track after indulging over the holidays.

You can make these crab salad melts (picture) even healthier by stuffing it  into a tomato instead of an english muffin.

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How to Cook Whole Fish

Check out this article from about how simple it is to cook whole fish.

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Omega-3 fatty acids may protect against cellular aging

Eat fish, live longer….”Omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in seafood, may protect against cellular aging in patients with heart disease, according to a study in the Jan. 20 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association”.  Click here to read the entire article.

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Eat this, cure that…illness fighting foods

Check out this Today Show clip  about how eating the right foods help to fight certain illnesses.  The vitamin D in salmon helps fight colds and eating shrimp can help to alleviate stress….check it out.

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August 26, 2010…Mercato del Mare’s oyster shucking lessons are number 5 on’s list of cheap, creative dates around Boston!

July 24, 2010…Mercato del Mare’s oyster shucking lessons are #90 of 365 things to do in Boston.

April 4, 2010…Traditional, modern mix together in Boston’s North End.  Frances Folsom, Nashua Telegraph, writes about her experiences as a child in the North End and how it’s evolved.

March 27, 2010….Cooking with Georgia & Dez was filmed at MdM!  Check out the website for this local cooking program which features the charismatic mother and daughter duo preparing quick, healthy Mediterranean dishes.  The website has lots of useful tips and some great recipes.

September 16, 2009…MdM shucking lessons are videotaped and featured on  It’s part of a series by Courtney Hollands’ Next Stop: T stop fun.  Check out the video

June 24, 2009..Read what people are saying about us on Chowhound and Yelp!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009:  Sole proprietors of Mercato del Mare celebrate one year in the North End

Monday March 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm – Mercato del Mare was on Chronicle

Mary Richardson gets a hands on lesson in oyster shucking from Liz of the North End Fish Market!  click on the link below to watch! Mercato del Mare is in Food Journal Segment Two about 2:39 into the segment.

Seafood market catches interest in North End
Boston Globe
By Andrea Pyenson
Globe Correspondent / January 14, 2009

Boston Globe
Shucking Lessons
Saturday’s from 1:00p to 3:00p
Mercato del Mare, Boston, MA
99 Salem Street
in the North End

Want to become a sought after party guest? Come in and learn to shuck oysters and clams.  Lessons are free, you just pay for what you shuck.

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Foodie Blogs

Check out these blogs for great recipes, information and inspiration….

We love The Hungry Wife, a blog created by Brooke Crigger that is the foundation for a new cook book.  She is graciously sharing all of her recipes for free and they are great….she has it all; seafood, sides, breakfast, pasta which all look pretty simple to prepare and delicious!

Bacon, Butter & Booze is a food blog created by one of our Shuck U grads.  Check out her lobster & potato salad recipe.  Her blog is well written, informative and has lots of great resources for wine, food and more.

Meghan is a girl after own hearts, “I feel unmoored if I don’t have garlic in the pantry, wine in the rack, cheese in the fridge and chocolate in the freezer.”  Check out this North Ender’s food blog Bread & Ginger.  It has lots of great recipes for seafood, veggies, desserts & more….

Life’s Ambrosia never fails me when I’m searching for a good, simple, delicious seafood recipe.  Des’ recipes are simple and straight forward, exactly how we like them!  You can search on her blog for seafood and other recipes.

Gastronomers’ Guide, Adventures in Gastronomy is a blog created by Joseph Erdos who was inspired by the writings of Herve This, a French physical chemist who is better known as the father of molecular gastronomy.  Joseph writes of his blog, “with this site, I celebrate the world of gastronomy in both the simple and elegant forms, from basic home cooking to elaborate restaurant cuisine. My aim is to teach, entertain, and expand the reader’s/eater’s fundamental experience with food into the extraordinary by exploring science, history, culture, cooking, dining, and eating.”

Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino was created by a young Italian American woman, Eleonora, living in Rome who shares her experiences with food, wine, travel and more.   Her blog has some great recipes from really simple ones like, honey mustard broiled salmon to more adventurous ones like stewed baby octopus.

Someday Gourmet is a food blog created by two North End residents, Lucie Wicker and Jackie Strycharz.  They cover  restaurant dining, cooking, shopping, wine and more.  Check out their blog for local tips, restaurant reviews and recipes.

Last Night’s Dinner might be one of the prettiest food blogs we’ve come across.  And it’s as interesting and informative as it is pretty.   If you really want to be inpsired you’ve got to check out Jennifer Hess’ blog.

Beyond Salmon is one of our go to blogs for recipes and information on cooking fish.  Helen Rennie is a cooking instructor based in the Boston area.  Her blog provides great information on how to buy, store and cook fish.  And like us, Helen left her office job to pursue her passion for food!

Bitten is Mark Bittman’s NY Times food blog.  His blog is full of great information about all types of food as well as recipes.  For more info on Bittman check out his website

Chez Pim has been voted one of the 50 most powerful blogs by The Guardian (UK)… “#18 Chez Pim ..Pim Techamuanvivit has tried and tested an awful lot of food. From Michelin-starred restaurants to street food and diners, she samples it all, and posts her thoughts and pictures to share with other foodie fans. She advises her readers on what cooking equipment to go for, posts recipe suggestions for them to try, and gives them a nudge in the direction of which food shows are worth a watch. She’s not just famous on the net, she’s attracted global coverage in the media with her writing, recipes and interviews.”

Simply Recipes chronicles the family recipes of Elise Bauer.  Simply Recipes was voted Best Food Blog Overall in the 2006 Food  Blog Awards.  Be sure to check out the seafood section.

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Other Links

If you find yourself on the North Shore or on the Vineyard and can’t get to our market for great fresh fish visit our fish friends.  Also provided are links to our wholesale vendors. 

North Shore
Ipswich Fish Market

Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard
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Wholesale Seafood Companies

Ipswich Shellfish Company

Sousa Seafood and Lobster

Pangea Shellfish

Island Creek Oysters

Accardi Foods

Little Pearl Caviar 

True North Salmon  

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North End Fish Market Photo Gallery

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