How To Cook Whole Lobster
Lobster tastes the best when cooked whole but this would involve boiling or steaming them alive - not such an appetising thought, is it? However, the end result is truly amazing. Let us see how.
Steps to Cook Whole Lobster by Boiling
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- Take a large pot and fill it with 2 liters of water.
- Add in ¼ cup of sea salt for every gallon of water. In addition, carrots, onions, parsley, celery, white wine, vinegar or lemon if desired.
- Let the salted water come to boil and then drop in the lobsters.
- Lobsters have to be boiled 15 to 20 minutes per pound.
- On boiling, lobsters turn a bright red in color. Bear in mind that this change in color is not indicative of the meat inside being cooked. Check if meat is cooked by tugging at antennae or walking legs. When done, lobster antennae or legs will come off easily.
Cook Whole Lobster by Steaming
- Take a large pot and fill it with 2 inches of sea water or add salt in fresh water.
- Let the water come to a rolling boil.
- Catch hold of lobsters just behind the claws and place them into the pot one at a time.
- Let water continue to boil for about 18 to 20 minutes for a pound lobster and 22 minutes for a 1½-pound lobster.
Steamed lobsters taste the best but this method requires more time than boiling. Nevertheless, a little bit of wait is worthwhile as far as cooking whole lobsters are concerned.