We are experiencing a very bad weather patterns across the country and in Maine as well. There is no catch of lobster around the coast of Maine that cause a huge spike in lobster price. While we still honor all the orders that has placed, we made some price increases on our live lobster products to keep up with the cost rises. We hope for your understanding and hopefully price will come down soon when there is more catch.

A Full Instruction On How To Cook A Live Lobster?

Eating perfectly cooked lobsters is certainly one of the simplest happiness and pleasures in the world! However, how to cook live lobster to perfection is not an easy task to accomplish. Having understood all of your concerns, Fishermen’s Net is going to provide you with a full instruction on how to cook a live lobster

How to cook a live lobster to perfection?

How to cook a live lobster humanely? 

When it comes to cooking a live ingredient, killing it is obviously one of the parts when processing it. The questions are “Is there any humane way to kill a lobster?”, or “What is the best way to kill a live lobster?”. 

The answer is quite simpler than you think! Below are the 4 techniques that you can choose to kill a live lobster humanely. 

Keep the lobster extremely cold

Keep the lobster very cold

To get control of a lobster, just keep them extremely cold either on ice or in the fridge. When a lobster is exposed to a significant change in temperature, death may ensue. Therefore, you should place the lobster in the coldest part of the fridge before cooking it. 

Put the lobster into boiling water

Put the lobster into boiling water

This method is commonly used by many people when dispatching a live lobster. Before starting, you need to have your water to the boiling point. Then, put the lobster’s head first into the boiling water. Remember to hold the lobster carefully around the middle to avoid those claws, since they can hurt your fingers. All there is left to do is wait, and the lobster will die quickly. 

Blade right between the lobster’s eyes

Using a very sharp knife is another popular technique for the question “How to cook a live lobster humanely?”. The purpose of this method is to kill this creature instantly with only one swift cut. In specific, please have a look at the picture below to learn how to do it. 

Blade the lobster right between its eyes

What size should a lobster pot be?

It does not matter whether you decided on steaming or boiling the lobster, you should pick a pot with lots of room. This is because if you crowd too many lobsters in the pot, the heat will not circulate thoroughly around them. In case you do not have a big enough pot, try cooking the lobster in batches by using more pots. 

What size should a lobster pot be?

Here is what you can take for reference. A 4 or 5-quart pot will certainly work well for a couple of small lobsters. Meanwhile, a 19-quart pot will be able to cook about 5 - 6 live lobsters of 1 - ¼ lb. 

Steaming method - How to cook a live lobster? 

Steaming method (with extra corn on the cob)

Step 1: Use a big-enough pot in order to be able to hold the lobsters and fill them up with water. Specifically, after adding water and lobster into the pot, it should come up sides about 2 inches. 

Step 2: Add 2 tbsps of sea salt for each quart of water. 

Step 3: Bring the water to a rolling boil, then put the lobsters into the pot (One at a time, and head first). Make sure to cover the pot tightly, return to a boil as quickly as possible, and start counting the time.

Step 4: Steam one lobster for 7 minutes per lb, and add 3 more minutes per lb for each additional lb thereafter. Please have a look at the table below to know the approximate steaming time. 

Steaming time

Step 5: Take out the lobster with tongs with extra care, since they will be very hot. Set the lobsters aside in a large bowl for about 5 minutes to cool before cracking the shells. 

Boiling method - How to cook a live lobster?

Step 1: Same as the steaming method, use a big-enough pot and fill it from ½ - ⅔ full with water. 

Step 2: Add 2 tbsps of sea salt for each quart of water. Then, bring this amount of water to a strong boil over high heat. 

Step 3: Put the lobster into the pot (One at a time, and head first). You should make sure to keep the underside of the body away from you. This is just in case the lobster flips the tail splashing boiling water all over you. 

Boiling method - Carefully keep the underside of the body away

Step 4: Cover the pot tightly, and return to a boil as quickly as possible. Be sure to keep the water boiling throughout the boiling time (As in the below table).

Boiling time

Step 5: Take out the lobster with tongs with extra care, since they will be very hot. Set the lobsters aside in a large bowl for about 5 minutes to cool before cracking the shells.  

Microwaving method - How to cook a live lobster?

Microwaving method

The microwaving method helps cook the lobsters in their own juices, and helps the shell impart extra flavor as well. In addition, the lobsters will stay hotter for longer, as they are cooked in thick shells. Here are the essential materials for this technique.

  • One gallon of plastic food-safe zippered freezer bag per 1 ¼ lb or 1 ½ lb of lobster. 
  • Half of the lemon used to spear on the rostrum above the lobster’s eyes. 
  • Rockweed used to add more flavor to your fabulous lobster dish. 

The lobster should be cooked at the highest setting of your microwave for the amount of time as in the table below. 

Cooking time in the microwave

How to reheat cooked lobster?

Reheating a cooked lobster within the first 24 hours is not so complicated! All you need to do is reheat it in its shell in your microwave for around a minute or less. Alternatively, just gently steam it in the water for approximately 2 - 3 minutes (This also depends on the lobster’s size).

If you cannot reheat your lobster within this time, it is best to take the meat out of its shell. Then, keep it in a covered bowl or a zip lock bag, and store it in the fridge. The out-of-the-shell lobster meat can be kept refrigerated for up to 2 - 3 days. You can still enjoy the meat cold in lobster rolls or warm by heating it up in a saucepan with a little butter.

How to know if a lobster is cooked?

A lobster is cooked when its shell entirely turns red. Furthermore, the meat of a properly cooked lobster will become cream white all the way through with no translucent areas. 

How to know if a lobster is cooked?

On the other hand, you can use a thermometer to check on lobster meat. When the lobster is perfectly cooked, the internal temperature should be read between 135 - 140 °F.

That is all for today’s topic. Now you know how to cook live lobster to perfection. Fishermen’s Net hopes that with our instruction, you will have unforgettable moments with lobster. 

Visit our blog for more useful tips related to the lobster. Feel free to contact us via the below contact information if you have any further questions or requests. 

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