How to Cook a Live Lobster

Easy Instructions on How to Cook a Live


Many people all across the world absolutely love the taste of lobster. Most of them, though, are understandably squeamish about touching a lobster, let alone cooking one live. If you are one of these people, relax. This article will explain how to cook a live lobster and give you all the advice and guidance you need. After all, lobster is a fantastic meal that should be enjoyed by everyone. Learning how to cook a live lobster will allow you to make your own lobster meals in your very own kitchen. It really is that easy!

Before we start learning how to cook a live lobster, let us go over the equipment you will need. The first and most often-used piece of equipment is a large pot. This will be used to boil the water that will cook your lobster, so it has to be big enough for the whole lobster to be completely covered by the water. Another helpful piece of equipment is a set of tongs. You do not want to put your hand in boiling water, believe me. This will save you from that trouble. Lastly, you may also need a steamer, if you are going to steam the lobster. A steamer uses heat to turn water into hot water vapor (or steam), and is one of the best ways to prepare a live lobster. We will talk more about that later.

How to Cook a Live Lobster: the Boiling Method

Now that you have your equipment ready, let us discuss how to cook a live lobster by boiling it. Before we begin, though, let us clear up a misconception. Some people are squeamish about boiling a lobster because they believe the lobster feels pain and is tortured by this process. There is evidence that lobsters lack the sensory capabilities to feel pain, but even if they can, rest assured that the boiling water kills them instantly. Now you know that you can safely and humanely boil a live lobster.

The best way to boil one is to take a large pot and fill it with enough water to cover the lobster or lobsters you will be cooking. Then, bring it to a rolling boil (you’ll know it’s ready when large bubbles start to appear). Add one teaspoon of salt per quart of water to give it enough flavor. Then, the easy part: Just pick up the live lobster and place it, stomach down, in the pot. The lobster will die immediately. Watch for the shell to turn red; when it does, your lobster is ready.

How to Cook a Live Lobster: the Steaming Method

The steaming method is based off of the same general concept as the above method, except it takes place either in a steamer or in an enclosed pot. You can actually use a large pot for this method if you do not have a steamer. If this is the case, you want to fill the pot until the water line is two inches high. Salt and bring to a rolling boil, then insert the lobster as usual. Then, take a lid and place it securely over the top of the pot. The steam will make your lobster taste absolutely delicious. If you have a steamer, then you carry out the same process. It just makes it easier to do it. You will want to cook these lobsters for 15-20 minutes, based on how large your lobster is.

There you are! Easy instructions on how to cook a live lobster. Now you are ready to go cook some lobster!



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