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.
|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|