The traditional and straightforward way to serve lobster is boiled or steamed and served with melted butter or mayonnaise.

To Boil: Fill a large pot allowing 2.5 quarts of water per lobster. Use seawater or add 2 teaspoons of salt for each quart of water. Put the live lobsters in one at a time head first. Return the water to a boil and then cook using the times given below. When the antennae pull out easily, the lobster is cooked.

To Steam: use only 2-3 inches of water in the pot and increase time approximately 3-5 minutes from the times given below. For new-shells reduce cooking time by about 3 minutes.

Lobster Weight


1 lb. to 1-1/4 lbs. 15 minutes
1-1/2 lbs. to 2 lbs. 17-20 minutes
2 to 3 lbs. 20-24 minutes
3 to 6 lbs 24-28 minutes
6 to 7 lbs 28-30 minutes
8 lbs. & up 4 minutes per pound