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How to Cook Lobsters at Home

July 11, 2011


When the crawfish adventure didn’t work out exactly how we envisioned, we decided to make another crustacean ourselves.  This is an approximately 1.7lb lobster.  If you’re in New England, I’ll translate that for you.  It’s a “lab-stah”. 


We bought just 1.  You know, in case we totally messed it up.  Yes, the lobster should be alive for ultimate freshness.

1. Boil salty water in a large pot over high heat.  Make sure to use enough water to color the entire lobster without overflowing.  Make sure to add salt to the water. Put the lid on the pot for a faster boil.  It’s also more eco-friendly.

2. Put the lobster into the boiling water headfirst.  Hubs took care of this part of the cooking.  He definitely felt a little bad about putting the lobster in the boiling water.  He jumped back when he did it as well.  We discussed it and concluded that if we could eat it, we should be okay with doing the bidding as well.


3. Turn the heat down to medium.  Put the lid on the pot and let the lobster cook for about 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of the lobster.  We looked ours for 13 minutes and felt that we could go down a minute or so.

4. Take the lobster out of the water with tongs.  It should be bright red.  Put it in a strainer.  Drain the water off of it.


5. Put the lobster on a cutting board or clean counter top.


6.  Remove the claws first.  It’s hot.  Be careful.  Use a towel if you need to. Twist the claws, they come off pretty easily.


7. Wiggle the tail.  Pull gently.  The tail will come away from the body.


8. Optional: Use scissors to cut down the middle of the tail to remove the meat.


We split the meat between 2 plates to share.  Delicious!  Our lobster was on sale for 8.99/lb.  We’re thinking about going out to the fisherman’s port to get them for ~$5/lb.  It’s going to be mighty difficult to pay for expensive lobster after this experience.

If you can boil water, you can cook your own lobster!


From → Food & Drinks, Home, Life

  1. Dude, I’m totally impressed. I read about boiling lobsters once and got freaked out about it, but you make it seem so easy!

  2. If you ever visit Maine (which I highly encourage, especially in the summer), our lobster are much cheaper if you know where to look. If you get it directly from the “catch of the day” places near the water, it’s typically $3.99/pound.

  3. I’m not a huge lobster fan, but my husband is and he would LOVE to try this sometime!

  4. I totally want to do this! You are inspiring! Now I just need to find a place that sells affordable lobster….

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