The lobsters are coming to Quality Seafood. That means a you get a great lobster deal for the whole month of September. What better way to prepare you for this , than to teach you how to easily prepare your own lobster at home. Now, don’t be scared, you can do it. Here is one of the easiest preparation of lobster you can imagine, to boil lobster.
This recipe is taken from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes. Original recipe can be found here.
Live lobsters, 1 per person
A large pot of salted water
Bread for dipping into the lobster-infused butter (optional)
First consider the size of your pot for boiling the lobsters. An 8-quart pot will easily take one lobster, a 16-quart pot, 2 or 3 lobsters. If you are cooking a lot of lobsters you’ll either need to cook them in stages or have more than one pot of water boiling.
Fill a large pot 3/4 full of water. Add 2 Tbsp of salt for every quart of water. The water should be salty like sea water (in fact you can use clean sea water if you have it). Bring the water to a rapid boil.
- Fill a large pot 3/4 full of water. Add 2 Tbsp of salt for every quart of water. The water should be salty like sea water (in fact you can use clean sea water if you have it). Bring the water to a rapid boil.
- Grasp the lobster by the body and lower it upside down and head first into the boiling water. Continue to add the live lobsters to the pot in this manner. Cover the pot.
- Note the time at which the water comes to a boil again. From that point, boil the lobsters for 12-20 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the lobster. 12-15 minutes for 1 lb lobster, 15-20 minutes for a 1 1/2 pound lobster, 20-25 minutes for a 2-3 pound lobster. The lobsters should be a bright vivid red color when done.
- Remove the lobsters from the pot with tongs and place on a plate to drain and cool.
- Enjoy your wonderful treat from the sea. If you need help, here’s some instructions on how to eat a lobster.
Please stick to the cooking times above. Lobsters, especially larger ones, will turn red in color before they’re done, so the color is no indicator of doneness. You want to make sure to boil lobster long enough to cook them all the way through because raw lobster isn’t the best tasting. Also, you don’t want to over boil lobster because it’ll get tough and chewy.
There will be more lobster recipes to come in celebration of Quality Seafood’s Lobster Month. What are some of your favorite ways to eat and prepare lobster?