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.
Gathering Your Tools
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)
- 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.