How to Cook a Lobster
How to Boil a Lobster?
1. Fill large pot with enough water to cover lobsters.
2. Heavily salt the water with sea salt – approximately 1/2 cup per gallon of water.
3. Bring water to a boil.
4. Put lobsters in pot, head down. Depending on size of pot, and size of lobsters, 2-4 at a time. Cover pot.
5. Once pot comes back to boil, time 10 minutes for first lb. of lobster size, + 6 minutes for each additional lb.
(example: 4 x 1.5 lb. lobsters = 13 minutes of boiling time)
6. Prepare sink full of ice and cold salted water.
7. Once time is done on lobsters, remove from pot with tongs, and plunge into ice water, legs up, to stop cooking.
How to Steam a Lobster?
1. Choose a pot large enough to hold the lobsters comfortably; do not crowd them. A 4 to 5 gallon pot can handle 6 to 8 pounds of lobsters.
2. Put 2 inches of seawater or salted water in the bottom of pot.
3. Set steaming rack inside the pot and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
4. Add the live lobsters one at a time, cover pot, and start timing.
5. Halfway through, lift the lid (careful – the steam is hot) and shift the lobsters around so they cook evenly.
Suggested Steaming Timings as Follows:
For 1.25 lb. lobsters – 12 minutes
For 1.5 lb. lobsters – 14 minutes
For 1.75 lb. lobsters – 16 minutes
For 2.0 lb. lobsters – 18 minutes
For 2.25 lb. lobsters – 20 minutes
For 2.5 lb. lobsters – 22 minutes