How to Cook Boiled Lobster
Lobster is a sweet meat,
and tastes wonderful simply boiled in salt water and served
with melted butter, mayonnaise,
or lemon juice. It is also very easy to prepare.
(picture represents typical boiled lobster, not necessarily results from the following recipe)
Here are the ingredients:
Here is how to prepare the lobster:
- For best results, always use the freshest (preferably live)
Cook and eat them on the day that you buy them.
- Do not remove the rubber band from lobster
claws while the animal is still alive, as the animal can easily give a powerful
and nasty nip using its claws.
- There is some debate about how much (if any) pain
lobsters can feel.
We are not scientists so don't care to speculate. about what is the most
humane way to kill a lobster.
Some people say that the best option when cooking a lobster
is to plunge it head first into boiling water, which hopefully would kill
it almost instantly. Other people suggest humanely dispatching the
lobster immediately before
cooking using the following method:
- Place the lobster in the freezer, or in a container surrounded by
crushed ice, for about an hour.
- Remove the lobster from the freezer/ice and stick a knife into the cross
in its head between the eyes.
- Take a large pot with a lid and put in enough water so that you will
be able to completely submerge the
- Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water for every 2 pints (1 liter) of water.
- Bring the water to a fierce boil, and then add the lobster and cover.
The cooking time should be 12 minutes for 1 pound (450 grams) lobster.
Add an additional minute of cooking time for every 4 ounces (110 grams) of weight
over 1 pound (450 grams).
- When the lobster
is fully cooked it should turn a dark red color. You can also test
by pulling at an antenna - it should come out easily if the
lobster is fully cooked.
Do not over cook, as the meat will then become tough in this case.
- Remove the
lobster from the boiling
water (be careful, the water will be very hot, and hot water will run off the
lobster) using tongs.
You will also need to pierce the head to allow water to drain out.
- You are now ready to eat your lobster!
- You can eat the meat in the lobster
tail and claws, as well as any meat found in the body or legs that you can
recover. While not to everyone's taste,
some people also enjoy eating the
lobster tomalley (the green
material found in the lobster's body), although there have been
occasions when it has been
- If your lobster
contains roe, you can eat if you wish, or you can set it aside fpr ;ater.
Lobster roe can be used as a spread, mixed with butter and a little crushed
shell to make lobster butter.
- You should not eat the shell, the sac behind the eyes, or the black vein
running down the tail.
- You can, if you wish, retain the water used to boil the
and use this to make a base for soup.
- You can, if you wish, retain the lobster
shells to make a stock. You can store the shells in the freezer, until you
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