What's the best way to cook a lobster?

Updated: May 12, 2020

Steaming a Lobster is Easiest

Steaming lobster is certainly the easiest way to cook lobster and a great way to enjoy the flavor of a fresh live lobster. The meat of a steamed lobster also easily pulls away from the shell when cracked, making steaming an especially easy way to eat--as well as to cook--a fresh lobster!

How do you do it?

Seawater! Is it best to steam a fresh lobster in seawater, but if that is not available, salted water works just fine. Add about two tablespoons of table salt to about 2 inches of water (Yes, a lot of added salt and not a lot of water, but it is necessary to prepare the best tasting lobster meat!)

What kind of a pot should you use?

The pot should be large enough to hold the lobster and cover the pot completely with the lid. Two batches are sometimes necessary.

Time to boil!

Bring the water to a full boil and then place the lobster claws into the water first. In true Maine fashion, we remove the elastic bands to ensure the claws don't taste chewy or rubbery. (This can be dangerous as the lobsters move about, so please use caution or leave the bands on!)

Cover the pot, and when the water begins to boil again, begin timing.

How long should I cook them?

Estimated cooking time for boiled lobster:

  • 1 pound lobster: boil 9 minutes

  • 1 1/4 pound lobster: boil 10 minutes

  • 1 1/2 pound lobster: boil 11 minutes

  • 1 3/4 pound lobster: boil 12 minutes

Want an extra insider tip from a true Mainer?

Mainers typically don't time their lobsters, instead once the lobsters have turned fully red, lightly tug on one of the antennas. If the antenna pops off with ease, the lobsters are done and ready for enjoying!

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