Steaming a lobster:
Here is how to steam a Lobster. Steaming is a great way to cook a Lobster while achieving great results.
What you will need to steam Lobster
1- pot with tight fitting lid big enough to hold Lobster(s) Preferably one with a rack in the bottom. These can be found here.
1 t.b. of salt per quart add when water boils
You can also add onion potatoes and celery if you like
1 - pair of tongs to pull Lobsters out when cooked
Fill pot with tight fitting lid with 2" of water. If you have a rack on the bottom, this is where you can add onions, potatoes, celery and seasonings.
Bring water to a boil. Place Lobsters in claws first and cover. Follow cooking times below.
Timing your lobster should start when water comes back to a boil. Follow the chart below for cooking time based on weight.
|1 lb||5 - 7 min||Shell should be completetly red|
|1 1/8 lb||6 - 8 min||Shell should be completetly red|
|1 1/4 lb||8 - 10 min||Shell should be completetly red|
|1 1/2 lb||10 - 12 min||Shell should be completetly red|
|2 lb||12 - 14 min||Shell should be completetly red|
|3 lb||15 - 18 min||Shell should be completetly red|
|5 - 6 lb||18 - 20 min||Shell should be completetly red|
So now you know how to steam a lobster, and your probably asking yourself the age old question... Isthe lobster suppose to be alive when I put it in the pot of steaming water? The answer? It can be alive, or click here on how to humanely kill a Lobster.Youcan choose to place the live Lobster in the steaming pot. This will surely be fatal. Be-careful thethrashing tail may cause burns or at-least cause a mess.