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How To Cook A Lobster

Steaming and Boiling are the two most popular ways to cook lobsters.

Steaming lobster:
1. Put about 2-2.5 inches of seawater (or if sea water is not available, add 2 tablespoons of salt for each quart of water) in the bottom of a large pot. Some chefs also place a steaming rack large enough to hold the lobsters above the water, in the bottom. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Place the live lobsters in one at a time, grasping just behind the claws. Let the water boil again and begin timing. Allow 18 minutes for a 1 to 1 1/4-pound hard-shell lobster, and 20 minutes for a 1 1/2-pound hard-shell lobster. If the lobster has a soft-shell, reduce the cooking time by 3 minutes.

Boiling Lobster:
1. Fill a large pot 3/4 full of seawater. If seawater is not available, add 2 tablespoons of salt for each quart of water. A good rule of thumb is to allow 2 1/2-quarts of water for each lobster. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Place the live lobsters in “head first” one at a time, and let the water boil again. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about 15 minutes for 1 to 1 1/4-pound hard-shell lobsters, and about 20 minutes for 1 1/2 to 2-pound hard-shell lobsters. Like with steaming, soft-shell lobsters take a little less time to cook, so reduce the cooking time by 3 minutes.

 

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