Boiling is probably the most popular way to cook New England lobsters, and it’s easier than you might think! Here are quick and easy instructions on how to boil lobsters.
Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 25 minutes
That is how
- Fill a large pot one-half to two-thirds full with water.
- Put the burner on high heat and bring the water to a boil.
- Add the lobsters to the head of the pot first, making sure they are completely submerged.
- Cover the pot tightly and return to a boil as quickly as possible.
- Once the water comes to a boil again, cook the lobsters for 10 minutes for the first pound and an additional 3 minutes for each additional pound, that is, cook a 2-pound lobster for 13 minutes.
- When the antennae come out easily, the lobsters are done.
- Serve with melted butter.
- Make sure to keep the water boiling throughout the cooking time, but be careful that the pot does not boil.
- Times provided are for hard-shelled lobsters; If cooking new (soft) lobsters, reduce boiling time to 3 minutes.
- Try adding a cup of white wine to the water before boiling to add a little flavor.
More ways to cook lobsters
- How to grill lobsters
- DIY homemade lobster bake