Boiling lobster is the certainly easiest way to cook lobster and a great way to enjoy the flavor of a fresh live lobster. The meat of a boiled lobster also pulls easily from the shell when cracked, making boiling an especially easy way to eat — as well as to cook — a fresh lobster. Steaming lobster can result in somewhat more tender meat, though, so if you have the equipment (a steamer pot, or even just a rack that sits inside your large pot) you might considered steaming as well.
It is best to boil a fresh lobster in seawater, but if that is not available, salted water works just fine; just add about two tablespoons of sea salt for each quart of water.
The pot for boiling lobster should be large enough to completely submerged the lobster in the water.
Bring the water to a full, rolling boil, and then place the lobster claws first into the water. Cover the pot, and when the water begins to boil again, begin timing.
Cooking times for boiled lobster:
- 1 pound lobster – boil 9 minutes
- 1-1/4 pound lobster – boil 10 minutes
- 1-1/2 pound lobster – boil 11 minutes
- 1-3/4 pound lobster – boil 12 minutes
- 2 pound lobster – boil 13-15 minutes
- 2-1/2 pound lobster – boil 15-20 minutes
Dan “The Lobster Man” from our friends at Lobster Gram shows how to boil Maine lobster at home: