If you are new to cooking your own lobsters, steaming is a great choice. Steaming is not as messy as some other cooking methods. It also creates a tender lobster and gives you less chance of overcooking your prized seafood. Steaming is a slower method than boiling, and as such, it cooks more gently.
Use a large kettle to heat some water. Do not fill it up all the way, only put about 2 inches of water in the pot. Use a vegetable steamer rack or an upside down colander to hold your lobsters above the water. If you can fit them in at the same time, go ahead, or steam them in batches.
Season your water with 2 tablespoons of salt for every quart of water. Bring the water to a boil and place your lobster on the rack inside the pot. Live lobsters can be steamed this way. Place them in head first and place a cover on the pot. Bring the water back to a boil as fast as possible.
How Long to Steam Lobster
Lobsters need to steam for 12 minutes for the first pound of weight. For every pound above one pound, you will need 3 extra minutes. For example, a one-pound lobster will only need about 12 minutes to cook, but a 5-pound lobster will take between 20 and 24 minutes. If the pot begins to bubble over, adjust the heat. Check occasionally to see if your water level is getting low.
When your lobster is done, the shell will be bright red and the meat will be pure white. Do not overcook them or they tend to get tough. Be very careful when you remove the lobster from the pot. Use tongs so you do not burn yourself. Because they are hot, your lobster will continue to cook a little while after you remove it from the kettle. If you want to stop the cooking process, set the hot lobster in a bowl of ice before you break it open.
Melt some butter and you will be ready to dig in. A great way to enhance your butter is to add a little lemon juice and whisk it together. This method can be used to cook any type of lobster. To make the most of your lobster, make it the centerpiece of the meal.
For purists, just eat the lobster. A large enough lobster can easily fill you up. Otherwise, simple side dishes like corn on the cob, roasted or baked potatoes, and a light salad work well. If you want something fancier, try a spinach risotto and sautéed mushrooms along with your lobsters.
Since lobster is usually eaten with your hands, you can theme the entire meal this way. Steamed clams go well with lobster. Chunky salad that you can eat with your fingers works well, as does warm fresh bread that you can pull apart at the table. The bread is great for sopping up the lobster juice, butter and other flavorful liquids that will pool on your plate.
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