When it comes to cooking fresh Maine lobster, you have two main options: Boiling & Steaming. Of course, you can grill it as well, but let’s stick with boiling and steaming for instruction today (as you can do these any time of year).
Make sure that you have a pot large enough to hold 3 quarts of water for each lobster that you intend to boil. Ideally, you’ll want to use fresh sea water, in order to preserve the ocean taste in your lobster, but you can also use filtered water and add sea salt until it tastes salty enough. Throw your lobsters in the pot and cook for about 8 minutes per pound.
When steaming live Maine lobster, you only fill the pot up to about a half inch with sea or salty water. You then place a rack or 8-10 inches of rockweed on top of the water, cover and bring it to a boil. Add lobsters to the steaming pot (with tongs to avoid burning) and cover. This process takes a bit longer, about 10 minutes per pound, but it makes for meat that just slips off the lobster!