Lobster is an amazing treat especially if you don’t live in Maine and get them real cheap. Since they can be so expensive knowing how to cook them perfectly can be very important especially for someone that has never cooked a lobster before.

I love these things growing up in NH so we’ll go over all the common ways to perfectly cook a whole lobster including boiling, steaming, and grilling.

There has been a back and forth about whether lobsters feel pain or not so if you want to be humane when cooking your lobster you can put your lobster or lobsters in the freezer for about twenty minutes before cooking to desensitize the crustacean but most people don’t because lobsters don’t have an advance nervous system and don’t feel pain and it also messes up the cooking time.  Also that screaming that comes from the lobster isn’t really it screaming but just air escaping as you cook it. So don’t worry, the lobster is fine and should feel absolutely nothing.

How to Boil a Lobster

Boiling lobsters is probably the easiest way to prepare them and one of the most popular. All you need is your lobsters, a large pot, and some tongs to get those delicious lobsters out of the pot.

  1. First fill your large pot up with water about 1/2 to 3/4 full making sure that the lobsters will be covered when submerged but won’t overflow when you add the lobsters. Season the water with salt or use fresh salt water!
  2. Bring the water to a boil on high heat and add your live lobsters head first. Cover and bring back to a boil.
  3. When the water is boiling again you want to time the lobsters at about 10 minutes for a one pound lobster and add 3 minutes for every extra pound. So a one and a half pound lobster would cook for about eleven and a half minutes and a two pound lobster would cook for about 13 minutes.
  4. After done remove from the boiling water and serve hot immediately with melted butter with a slice of lemon.

Lobsters start turning red during cooking but make sure not to take them out to soon just because they change color! Also some water may be trapped in the lobster so when you take them out of the pot make sure they are drained thoroughly so as not to get burned.

How to Steam a Lobster

Steaming lobsters takes a little longer then boiling but in many peoples opinions it comes out much better making the best lobster. The best part is you don’t really need any special equipment except maybe a steaming rack.

  1. Add about 2 inches of water to your large pot and your steaming rack if you have one, cover, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water comes to a rapid boil add your lobsters, cover, and bring back to a boil.
  3. Once boiling start timing. Your lobsters should take about 15 to 20 minutes for a 1 to 1 and a 1/4 pound lobster and 20 to 25 minutes for a 1 and a 1/2 to 2 pound lobster.