The newly remodeled Club Seabourne on Culebra draws one in. It is surpassing expectations to good reviews.
We were able to have the chef share his recipe for Fresh Culebra Island Lobster with Cassave.
Fresh Culebra Island Lobster with Cassava
Makes 2 servings
1 Lobster of 2 pounds
1/2 pound of cooked cassava (yucca)
1/2 green pepper finely chopped
1/2 red pepper finely chopped
1/2 white onion finely chopped
1 Tbsp of cilantro finely chopped
3 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp of apple vinegar
Salt & Pepper
In a medium pot over medium heat, heat water and salt for 10 minutes and then add the cassava for 10 – 15 minutes until cooked. After cooked, let it rest until cool down. Then cut the cassava in squares. In another big pot over a medium high heat, place the complete lobster for 20 minutes. Cut the Lobster in the middle (half and half), and take out all meat from the shell. Cut the meat in dices of 1/2 inches. Kept the shell for the final presentation. In a bowl, mix the salt, pepper, vinegar and the olive oil to prepare the vinaigrette. Add the chopped red and green peppers, the onion and cilantro. Add the cassava and the lobster already cut. Mix all ingredients and after marinade, fill each side of the lobster shell with the marinated lobster and cassava.
Makes 2 servings
1 green plantain
6 oz of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Peel the plantain and cut in six pieces. Soak the plantain cuts in water and salt. Transfer to paper towel to drain. In a frying pan over a medium high heat add the olive oil until hot. Fry the plantain pieces until golden. Transfer to paper towel to drain. Crush the plantain and fry again for 3 minutes. Drain again. Add salt and enjoy.
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In terms of how you get to Culebra Island from San Juan is very easy. There is a regional airport in San Juan near the new PR Convention Center that offers daily flights to Culebra with the company Vieques Air Link. It’s around 10 minutes in car from Old San Juan and Condado, and 15 – 20 minutes from Isla Verde. Vieques Air has a site with reservations on line www.viequesairlink.com