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How to cook

Lot’za salt water

STEAM LOBSTER
Place 2 inches of seawater or salt water in the bottom of a large kettle. Bring the water to a rolling boil and put in the live lobsters, one at a time. Let the water boil again and begin timing. Allow 18 minutes for a 1 to 1 ¼ lb hard-shell lobster and 20 minutes for a 1 ½ to 2 lb hard-shell lobster. If the lobster is a new shell Maine lobster with a soft shell, reduce the cooking time by 3 minutes. When the antennae pull out easily, the lobsters are cooked and ready to eat. 

BOIL LOBSTER
Fill a large kettle ¾ full of water. If sea water is not available, add two tablespoons of salt for each quart of water. A good rule of thumb is to allow 2 ½ quarts of water for each lobster. Bring the water to a boil. Put in the live lobsters one at a time and let the water boil again. Lower the heat, cover the kettle, and simmer about 15 minutes for a 1 to 1 ¼ lb hard-shell lobster and 20 minutes for a 1 ½ to 2 lb hard-shell lobster. If the lobster is a new shell Maine lobster with a soft shell, reduce the cooking time by 3 minutes. When the antennae pull out easily, the lobsters are cooked and ready to eat.


(Source: The Lobster Institute)