How to Boil a Lobster

READY IN: 9mins
Recipe by "Food:The Way To Anyone's Heart"

This may be helpful for those who are not familiar with how to cook a lobster.

Top Review by Verelucky

Thanks for giving time tables! Note: Some people like the tomalley(sp) I won't even try it myself! Also on larger lobsters when you pull off the small legs there is meat in the cavity that remains and also on large lobsters there is meat in the end of the tail. the several "fan" parts. Don't forget those! I usually boil lobsters, 12-15 min from a full boil and drained. Steamed are great though!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb lobster (9 to 11 minutes)
  • 1 14 lbs lobsters (12 to 14 minutes)
  • 1 12 lbs lobsters (14 to 16 minutes)
  • 1 34 lbs lobsters (18 to 20 minutes)
  • 2 lbs lobsters (20 to 22 minutes)
  • 2 lbs lobsters (cook an additional 1 minute for every 1/4 lb over 2 lbs)


  1. HOW TO COOK A LOBSTER:. Place a steamer rack, pasta insert, or bed of seaweed in the bottom of a large pot. Add about 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Add the lobsters and cook covered until done based on the size of the lobsters according to the above table.
  2. Serve with warm butter and lemon wedges.
  4. Twist off the claws from the body.
  5. Crack the claws with a cracker or pull apart small claw from large claw and pull meat out with hands or pick.
  6. Separate the tail from the body by twisting.
  7. Push tail meat up and out the other end with fingers. You will find a strip of meat on the outer part – pull this off – you can eat it.
  8. Underneath it is the lobster’s digestive tract – you don’t want to eat this part.
  9. Pull the shell off the body of the lobster and underneath you will find the green “tomalley” (the liver) – you probably don’t want to eat this part.
  10. Pull the small claws off the body and suck out the meat.

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