How to Boil Lobsters
From your New England for Visitors Guide
Boiling is probably the most popular way to cook New England lobsters, and it's easier than you might think!
- Fill a large pot half to two-thirds full with water.
- Set your burner to high heat and bring water to a rolling boil.
- Add lobsters to the pot head first, making sure that they are completely submerged.
- Cover the pot tightly and return to a boil as quickly as possible.
- Once water is boiling again, cook the lobsters 10 minutes for the first pound and 3 additional minutes for each additional pound, i.e., cook a two-pound lobster for 13 minutes.
- When the antennae pull out easy, the lobsters are done.
- Serve with melted butter.
- Be sure to keep the water boiling throughout the cooking time, but be careful that the pot does not boil over.
- Times given are for hard-shelled lobsters; if cooking new shell lobsters, reduce boiling time by 3 minutes.
- Try adding a cup of white wine to the water before boiling to add a bit of flavor.
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