• Gary Corcoran

How to boil a lobster

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Cooking a lobster doesn't have to be intimidating: you'll get the hang of it and it's worth the effort.


2 lobsters, about 1.5 - 2lb each

1 gallon water

1/2 cup sea salt


Bring water to boil in a large pot, and add sea salt. Add lobsters and bring back to the boil for 3 - 4 minutes. Remove lobster to cool. Discard water. Remove lobster from shells reserving all liquid that drains from shells. You can use this later for stock.

Start by removing the big claws and tail. Lay the tail on its side and use the heel of your hand to push down and crack the tail. Remove the meat. Split tail down back to form two even halves, forming the letter C. Remove intestine that runs down the tail.

Using a heavy cleaver, crack claws. Remove meat from shells, then remove the cartilage from the claws. This should yield about 1 pound of delicious lobster meat. Set aside till ready to use.

Lobster is still in a raw state at this point.

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