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How To Steam Lobster

Steaming Lobster Instructions


  1. Pour 2 inches of water into a pot, including Maine sea salt if using fresh water.
  2. Add seaweed if desired.
  3. Bring water to heavy boil.
  4. Using gloves or tongs, place the Maine lobsters into the pot, cover tightly.
  5. When the water returns to a heavy boil, turn the heat down to a rolling boil and start the timer.
  6. Steam lobsters for 9 minutes for the first pound, and add 4 minutes for each additional pound. (See Steaming Times Below)
  7. Steamed lobsters will be bright red when done.
  8. Removed the steamed lobsters with metal tongs or gloves and place in cool water or let cool for 3-5 minutes

Lobster Steaming Times Per Pound:
Lobster Size: 1.0 lb 1.25 lbs 1.5 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.5 lbs 3.0 lbs
Cooking Time: 9 minutes 10 minutes 11 minutes 13 minutes 15 minutes 17 minutes

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