If you’re looking for an impressive seafood dish to serve at your next dinner party, look no further than lobster. This luxurious crustacean can be cooked in a variety of ways, but boiling is one of the easiest and most popular methods. Boiling lobster is an easy way to cook them and bring out their delicious flavor. The key is to use a pot that’s large enough for the amount of lobster you’re cooking, and to make sure the water has enough salt in it.
Here are the steps for boiling lobster
Bring the water to a boil. Fill a large pot with heavily salted water, enough for the number of lobsters you’re cooking, and bring it to a rolling boil. The more lobsters you’re boiling, the bigger your pot should be; generally, 2 lobsters require at least 4-5 quarts of water while 5 or 6 require 5 gallons or more. If you don’t have a 5-gallon pot, cook them in batches of 2-3 at a time.
Add the lobsters. Carefully add each lobster into the pot and cover with a lid. Make sure all tails are submerged underwater so they cook evenly.
Start timing. Once the water comes back up to a boil (you should be able to hear it), start timing with your kitchen timer according to chart below (see How Long To Boil Lobster). Keep this in mind when adding lobster as they may overcook if left in too long!
Boil the lobsters. Let the lobsters boil until they turn bright red and their shells become slightly curled up around the sides–this is how you know they’re done! Use tongs to remove them from the boiling water and place in bowl(s) lined with paper towels or newspaper so that any excess liquid can drain away.
Drain the lobsters. Once cooled down enough for handling, make small incisions just behind their eyes using paring knife and hold over sink or separate bowl in order to drain any remaining liquid from within their shells before serving on dinner plates! Finally, pat dry with paper towels if needed before enjoying your freshly boiled lobster!
Lobster Cook Times
1-pound lobster: boil 5-6 minutes
1 1/4-pound lobster: boil 7-8 minutes
1 1/2-pound lobster: boil 8-9 minutes
2-pound lobster: boil 10-12 minutes
3-pound lobster: boil 12-14 minutes