Ahhhh lobster. Lobster brings back so many fond memories for me. For a lot of my childhood my family lived on the East Coast of the U.S. and lobster was a summertime tradition, especially when we lived in Newport, Rhode Island. Those long summer nights filled with lobster races, cold lemonade, homemade ice cream, and catching fireflies outside at dusk are some of my best childhood memories.
Contrary to popular belief, lobsters are not difficult to cook at home. I know they can be a little scary at first, but I promise you’ll be a pro in no time with my simple instructions. The easiest and most efficient way to cook lobsters and keep all the delicious flavor is to steam them. It’s okay to boil them, but that allows some of the flavor and nutrients to escape into the water as they cook. It is also really easy to overcook the lobsters when you boil them. For the best and most consistent results, I say steam ’em.
First off, you’re going to need a big pot. You want to make sure that the lobsters are not crowded in the pot. You’ll also need a steaming basket to go in the bottom of the pot. The steaming time is dependent on the weight of each lobster, so if you’re cooking more than one at a time it is convenient to have them all around the same weight if possible. Use my simple chart below to decide on a cooking time. ** Please note that cooking time does not change when you have more than one lobster. For example, if you have one 1.5 lb lobster you steam it for 12 minutes. And if you have two 1.5 lb lobsters you steam them for the same amount of time.
For serving, I like to include melted ghee or clarified butter, lemon wedges, red potatoes, and a salad. It’s so easy and you can have fun, tasty, and impressive dinner on the table in no time!
- 2 live lobsters
- 2-3 Tbsp salt
- ⅓ cup melted ghee or clarified butter
- lemon wedges
- Chill lobsters in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to dull their senses. This also makes it easier to get them into the pot because sometimes they like to resist.
- Place an inch or two of water in the pot and add a few tablespoons of salt.
- Cover with the lid and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once the water is boiling, add the lobsters one at a time then replace the lid.
- Reduce heat to medium (still boiling) and steam according to the times below.
- Remove the lobsters using tongs.
- Wrap with aluminum foil and let rest for 2 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool for a few more minutes before digging in.
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