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Four Ways to Cook Lobster

Lobster can be cooked in different ways, and the method you choose will impact the final dish's taste. Most people have their preferred cooking method, but some recipes will call for a particular technique. The idea of cooking lobster may seem to be intimidating, but it's a lot easier than you think. We're going to share the four simplest ways to cook lobster, so you can enjoy this delicacy anytime you wish.

As always, you want to start with live lobsters.

1. Boiling

If you plan on serving a whole lobster for dinner, boiling is usually the best option. The meat will cook quicker, and it's much easier to time the cooking accurately. When cooked this way, the meat slips right out the shell for quick and easy enjoyment.

Depending how many people you're serving, you'll need a large stock pot for this - or a pot designed especially for lobster cooking.

Add one teaspoon to the pot for each quart of water you use. Submerge the lobster head first into the water. If you're cooking more than one, try to get them into the water as fast as possible without breaking the boil.

2. Baking and Broiling

If presentation is your top priority, baking or broiling are your best options. To prepare lobster this way, remove all but the meat at the tip of the tail, and sit it on top of the shell. Many cooks lift the meat out of the tail to reduce the cooking time.

Baked or broiled lobster looks wonderful when served, and takes on a delicious, rich flavor. Just take care not to overcook.

3. Pan Searing

Lobster can also be seared, or pan-fried. You can do this while the meat is still in the shell, or remove the meat entirely before cooking. If you choose to serve it in the half shell, searing will impart a nice flavor as the shells will brown while cooking.

4. Steaming

Steaming is another great way to cook a whole lobster, and minimizes the chances of overcooking. You'll need a lobster pot or a large, sturdy stockpot to get the job done.

To cook this way:

  • Add salted water to the bottom of a seafood steamer or stock pot, and bring to a boil.
  • Add the steamer rack.
  • Add lobsters one at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the pot.
  • Cover the pot and cook.

You'll want to time your cooking according to weight. As a general rule of thumb, ten minutes is an appropriate amount of time for cooking one pound of lobster.

Other Cooking Methods

A few other popular cooking methods include:

  • Par boiling: Some recipes call for par boiling, especially if raw or partially cooked meat is involved. Par boiling makes it easier to remove the meat from the shell. Place the claws and tails in rapidly boiling water for 5 minutes and 2 minutes respectively. Next, plunge the claws and tails in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Remove the meat, and continue on with your recipe.
  • Poached in butter: Lobster tastes deliciously rich when poached and butter. For this method, you'll first need to par-boil the meat before butter poaching.

If you've ever wanted to cook the perfect lobster, one of these 4 ways are sure to do the trick.



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