Before you begin cooking any live lobster, place the lobsters in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. This puts the lobster to sleep and allows it to pass while it is in a deep slumber before starting the cooking process. This is the best way to ensure the cooking process is humane for the lobster and helps to provide a fun experience for the whole family.
Fill a large lobster pot with water. The lobster should be totally submerged in water with ample room for the water to flow around the lobster.
Add 1/4 cup of Sea Salt for each gallon of water. (4 quarts = 1 gallon). This adds significant flavor to the lobsters.
Bring the salt water to a rolling boil.
Put your live lobsters in one at a time using gloves or tongs. Do not cover.
Stir the lobsters halfway through boiling. (cooking times below)
Boiled lobsters will be bright red when done.
Place boiled lobsters in cool water or let stand for 3-5 minutes before serving.
1.0 lb - 8 minutes
1.25 lb - 9-10 minutes
1.50 lb - 12 minutes
2.0 lb - 15 minutes
2.5 lb - 20 minutes
3.0 lb - 25 minutes
Pour 2 inches of water into a pot, including sea salt if using fresh water.
Add seaweed if desired.
Bring water to heavy boil.
Using gloves or tongs, place the Maine lobsters into the pot, cover tightly.
When the water returns to a heavy boil, turn the heat down to a rolling boil and start the timer.
Steam lobsters for 9 minutes for the first pound, and add 4 minutes for each additional pound. (See Steaming Times Below)
Steamed lobsters will be bright red when done.
Removed the steamed lobsters with metal tongs or gloves and place in cool water or let cool for 3-5 minutes
1.0 lb - 9 minutes
1.25 lb - 10 minutes
1.50 lb - 11 minutes
2.0 lb - 13 minutes
2.5 lb - 15 minutes
3.0 lb - 17 minutes
Twist off the lobster claws.
Crack each lobster claw and knuckle with a lobster cracker
Separate the lobster tail from the body.
Insert a fork and push the tail meat out in one piece.
Remove the black vein which runs the length of the lobster tail.
Extract the meat from the legs by biting down and squeezing the meat out with your teeth.
Use your fork and find the meat in the lobster's tail flippers.
Try the tomalley (The green substance in the body) Some people consider this a delicacy.