Boiled Lobster Recipe – It’s not that hard

One of the most common and classic ways to prepare lobster is by boiling or steaming it. Tell me which one do you prefer?

Now this is simple and here is what you need, beside a little set of skills:


  • Live/frozen lobsters (1 to 1.5 pounds per person)
  • Water
  • Salt (about 2 tablespoons per gallon of water)
  • Optional: Lemon wedges, melted butter for serving


  1. Prep the Lobsters:
    • Choose a lobster that have a hard shell. Lobsters should be cooked the same day they are purchased, if it’s a live lobster.
    • The frozen ones are easier to handle.
  2. Prepare the Cooking Liquid:
    • Fill a large pot with enough water to fully cover the lobsters. Add salt to the water, about 2 tablespoons per gallon.
    • Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  3. Cook the Lobsters:
    • Using tongs, carefully lower the lobsters headfirst into the boiling water. It’s a good idea to cook them one at a time to avoid overcrowding the pot.
    • Cover the pot with a lid and return the water to a boil.
    • Once the water is boiling again, reduce the heat slightly to maintain a steady simmer.
  4. Cooking Time:
    • Boil the lobsters for about 8-12 minutes, depending on their size. The shells will turn bright red, and the meat will be opaque when cooked.
    • For a 1-pound lobster, cook for about 8-10 minutes. For a 1.5-pound lobster, cook for about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Test for Doneness:
    • You can test the doneness by pulling on one of the smaller walking legs. If it comes off easily, the lobster is done.
  6. Remove and Serve:
    • Using tongs, carefully remove the lobsters from the pot and place them on a plate or tray.
    • Let the lobsters cool slightly before cracking open the shells to access the meat.
    • Serve the lobster with lemon wedges and melted butter for dipping.

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