How to Perfectly Steam Maine Lobster: A Step-By-Step Guide

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as sitting down to a beautifully steamed Maine lobster. Steaming is a preferred cooking method for many lobster enthusiasts as it helps maintain the lobster’s natural juices and flavors. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of perfectly steaming a Maine lobster.

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Before we dive into the steaming process, let’s gather the necessary tools and ingredients:

  • A large pot with a tight-fitting lid
  • A steaming rack or insert (optional)
  • Tongs
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly delivered Maine lobster from Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.

Step-By-Step Guide to Steaming a Maine Lobster

Step 1: Preparing Your Pot

Begin by filling your pot with about 2 inches of water. The goal is to steam the lobster, not submerge it. Add a tablespoon of sea salt per quart of water to mimic the lobster’s natural environment.

If you have a steaming rack, place it in the pot to keep the lobster from sitting in the water. If not, you can place the lobsters directly into the pot.

Step 2: Bring Water to a Boil

Cover the pot and bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. The steam created from the boiling water will cook your lobster.

Step 3: Add the Lobster

Once the water is boiling, carefully add the lobster into the pot using tongs, placing it headfirst. Cover the pot quickly to keep the steam inside.

Step 4: Steam the Lobster

The cooking time depends on the weight of the lobster:

  • 1 lb. lobster: 10-13 minutes
  • 1.25 lb. lobster: 15-20 minutes
  • 1.5 lb. lobster: 20-25 minutes
  • 2 lb. lobster: 25-30 minutes

Remember, these are rough guidelines. You’ll know your lobster is done when it turns a bright red color, and the antenna comes off easily when pulled lightly.

Step 5: Let It Rest

After the lobster is done steaming, remove it from the pot and let it rest for about 5 minutes. This allows the meat to absorb any remaining juices and makes it easier to handle.

Step 6: Time to Enjoy

After the lobster has rested, it’s ready to be enjoyed. You can serve it with some melted butter, a squeeze of fresh lemon, or simply savor its natural flavors.

Savor Your Perfectly Steamed Maine Lobster

By following this guide, you’ll enjoy a perfectly steamed Maine lobster every time. Steaming preserves the natural sweetness of the lobster, making it a delicious treat for any seafood lover.

Whether you’re a first-time lobster cooker or a seasoned pro, remember that the key to a fantastic lobster meal begins with quality ingredients. That’s why at Cape Porpoise Lobster Co., we pride ourselves on providing the freshest, highest-quality Maine lobster.

If you’re ready to order your next lobster or have any questions about preparing and cooking, reach out to us at 1-800-967-4268. Our team of lobster experts is always ready to help you enjoy the best of Maine’s seafood right in the comfort of your home.