What Is a Langostino Lobster?


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A langostino lobster is not a lobster at all, nor is it a prawn, even though it is classified as a squat lobster; it is a close relative of hermit and porcelain crabs. Langostinos come from one of three species from the family Galatheidae. It is served in seafood restaurants and is cheaper than traditional lobster.

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Langostinos are in the same order as the American lobster or spiny lobster, but in a different infraorder. The edible portion of the langostino is located in its inch-long tail. The flavor of langostino is more like crab or lobster, with a texture that is much like shrimp.

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