Boiling lobsters is the traditional way to cook them. It’s also the most popular and the most simple. Boil salted water in a large pot (1
tbsp of salt to 1 quart of water). Be sure you have enough water to cover your lobster! Once the water has boiled, plunge the lobster head first into the water and cover the pot. When the water starts to boil again start counting the time. Cook 7-10 minutes for the first pound
and 2-3 minutes for each additional pound . Remove lobster from boiling water and serve warm or cool quickly by running under cool water. A lobster is cooked if the antennae and legs separate easily from the body. If a black oil-like substance is found in the body cavity of a female this means she was undercooked. (It is the undercooked roe).
Lobster may also be prepared in the microwave. To prepare it this way place a 1-1 ½ lb
live lobster in a 9" x 13" oblong baking dish with ¼ cup water. Cover the lobster with plastic wrap and fold one corner back. Microwave for 9-12 minutes on HIGH until cooked.
Other ways to prepare lobster: steamed, broiled, poached or raw.
How to Store Lobster
To properly store a live lobster put it in the refrigerator and cover it with a damp cloth or newspaper. They will live this way for up to a day. Do not put lobster in fresh water or ice. Cooked lobster may also be kept under refrigeration at
40F for up to two days.
To freeze cooked, shelled lobster meat, cover with a brine solution-2tsp.
salt to each 1cup water-leaving a ½ inch headspace. Seal tightly and freeze immediately. To thaw, allow 15-18 hours in the refrigerator, or microwave on DEFROST for 10-14 minutes per pound
The safest way to thaw frozen canned lobster meat is to place the unopened can in cold water in the refrigerator. Allow 2 hours per pound
for thawing. Once thawed, open immediately. DO NOT THAW in warm water or at room temperature.
It is a common misconception that lobster meat has little nutritional value. In truth, lobster contains healthy amounts of iron, zinc, calcium and iodine, as well as, Vitamins A, B and B6. It also has no saturated fat and is low in cholesterol and calories.
In fact, a 3.5 ounce (100g) serving of boiled lobster meat contains:
Energy: 93 calories