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How to Boil or Steam Lobster

Maine Lobsters are superb when cooked the traditional way by simply steaming or boiling.

To Boil: Fill a large lobster pot three-quarters full of salted water (use 1 tablespoon of salt for each quart of water). Bring the water to a rolling boil. Put the lobsters in the pot, making sure they're completely submerged. Cover the pot and begin timing, maintaining the boil, as follows:

1 - 2 pound lobsters: approximately 18 minutes
2 pound or larger lobsters: 22 - 25 minutes

To Steam Lobsters: Put about 2 inches of salted water in a large pot (use 1 tablespoon of salt for each quart of water). Put the lobsters in the pot, and cover tightly. Begin timing, and boil for the times listed above.

To partially cook your lobsters for reheating and eating later, follow the instructions above but subtract 5-7 minutes from the cooking time. After you've par-cooked them, dunk them in cold water for 3 minutes, drain, and refrigerate. You can finish cooking them any time up to 48 hours later.

Learn how to crack and eat lobsters here, and enjoy the tasty meat with melted butter.

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