How To Boil Lobster

An easy way to enjoy a summer seafood favourite.

Live lobsters (1 per person)


Step 1: Fill a very large stockpot with enough water to cover the lobsters, but don’t add the lobsters yet!

Step 2: For that fresh-from-the-sea flavour, add a 1/2 cup of salt per gallon of cold water, then bring to a boil over high heat.

Step 3: Remove the elastic bands from the claws of your fresh lobsters, and put live lobsters headfirst into the boiling water. (If you’ve bought different sized lobsters, place the largest ones in first.) Allow the water to boil again, and then turn the heat down to medium. Cover the pot and let the lobsters boil for 10 minutes for the first lb., and add 3 minutes for each additional lb. thereafter. For example, a 1-1/4-lb. lobster should boil for 11 minutes, and a 2-lb. lobster should boil for 13 minutes. Remove the lobsters from the water and enjoy!

Tip: If you’re not eating them right away, you must stop the cooking process or the lobsters will overcook and become rubbery. To do this, place the hot lobsters in a sink full of ice cold, salted water. When cool, drain and store the lobsters in the fridge.

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Amy Rosen