Conventional Steaming of Maine Lobster
Pour 2 inches of salt water into a pot large enough to comfortably hold the lobsters. Some cooks also place a steaming rack large enough to hold the lobsters above the water, in the bottom. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Place lobsters in the pot, cover tightly, return to a boil as quickly as possible and start counting the time.
Steam a lobster for 13 minutes per pound, for the first pound. Add 3 minutes per pound for each additional pound thereafter. For example, a 2-pound lobster should steam for 16 minutes and a 1 ½-pound lobster should steam for 14 ½ minutes.
Conventional Boiling of Maine Lobster
The number of lobsters to be boiled determines the minimum kettle size. The water should fill the pot one-half to not more than two-thirds full. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Place lobsters head first into the pot, completely submerging them.
Cover the pot tightly and return to a boil as quickly as possible. When water boils, begin counting the time. Regulate the heat to prevent water from boiling over, but be sure to keep the liquid boiling throughout the cooking time.
Boil a lobster for 10 minutes per pound, for the first pound. Add 3 minutes per pound for each additional pound thereafter. For example, a 2-pound lobster should boil for l3 minutes and a 1 ½-pound lobster should boil for 11 ½ minutes.
Microwave Steaming of Maine Lobster
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