How to Steam a Lobster

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READY IN: 18mins
Recipe by Andi of Longmeadow Farm

You will need a 4-5 gallon pot for steaming/boiling.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs lobsters (alive)
  • 3 quarts water (3 qts. water per every 2 pounds of lobster)
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped in quarters
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons sea salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed (lightly hit to open the clove a bit)


  1. Fill pot with water to match pounds of lobster. (3 qts. per 2 pounds lobster).
  2. Add seasonings, vegetable, and garlic.
  3. Bring water to rolling boil.
  4. Add live lobsters one at a time (if more then one), starting to time immediately. (10 minutes per pound for first pound of lobster, 1 minute per pound thereafter = 2 pound lobster= 12 minutes).
  5. Do not cover.
  6. Stir lobster half-way through cooking time.
  7. Let lobster rest for a full five minutes to allow the meat to absorb the moisture from the shell.
  8. Carefully remove and grab a bib.

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