Lobster Lowdown

Wed, 03/04/2015
Fish 411

Curious about the best way to cook lobster? I’ve tried a number of methods over the years and found that the most foolproof and humane way to do it is… drum roll, please… boiling! Also, the best way to minimize a lobster’s tail movements during cooking is to place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes beforehand to numb it and render it dormant.

– Jen

  1. Find a large pot with a lid and fill it with enough water to cover the lobster completely.
  2. Add 2 Tablespoons of sea salt for every 2 litres (4 pints) of water.
  3. Bring the water to a fierce boil.
  4. Grasp the live lobster behind the claws and drop it headfirst into the boiling water.
  5. Cover the pot. Once the water resumes boiling, start your timer.
  6. Boil the lobster for 10 minutes for the first pound of weight and add 3 more minutes of cooking time for each additional pound. A 2-pound lobster will be cooked in 13 minutes, while a 3-pound lobster will be done in 16 minutes.
  7. Once the lobster is cooked, drain the water from the pot immediately and serve while hot.