Lobstermania Field Guide: How to Cook Lobster

The greatest thing about Lobstermania isn’t just the boatloads of fresh, succulent live lobster that our lobstering friends from Maine bring to Dorothy Lane Market every year; it’s the traditions that have been made around this annual feast and the excitement surrounding it, as lobster has a way of bringing people together. One question that’s on everyone’s minds at Lobstermania is “how to cook lobster.” Below, we’ve outlined three of our favorite ways. But first, we’d love to tell you a little bit about Lobstermania.

What is Lobstermania? Each year, our lobster fishing friends from Maine at Ready Seafood come to see us, bringing with them fresh, live lobster that we have available at a great price ($14 per lobster this year). Lobstermania 2017 kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at all three Dorothy Lane Market locations. We recommend that you come early, because the sale ends when we run out! There’s an element of excitement in the air as folks pilgrimage in a line through our store to procure their fresh lobster. Everyone is abuzz with their feasting plans, and we try to make the wait as pleasant as possible with refreshments.

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Where do I eat my lobster? That’s totally up to you! Many of our friends who come for Lobstermania have made a tradition out of Lobstermania, planning a feast during Memorial Day weekend with family and friends at their homes where they’ll cook lobster. Or, feel free to enjoy at seating locations within our stores, as we can prepare it for you on site. Whether you plan to take home or enjoy at our store, we’ll also be set up outside of each store to prepare your fresh, live lobster for you if you wish! Or, check out one of the following prep tips for how to cook lobster at home.


How To Cook Lobster: 3 Ways to Prepare Live Lobster

The most common question we receive at Lobstermania is “How do I cook live lobster?” Here are three ways for how to cook live lobster!

How to Steam Lobster

  1. In a large pot, bring about 2 inches of salted water to a rolling boil over high heat (add 3 Tbsp of salt per quart of water).
  2. Drop in the live lobsters, one at a time. Leaving rubber bands on is optional. Cover and return to a boil as quickly as possible.
  3. When the pot starts steaming, continue to cook for approximately 12-15 minutes.

How to Boil Lobster

  1. Fill a large pot approximately three-quarters full of water. Use about 2½ quarts of water for each lobster.
  2. Bring the water to a boil. Add 3 Tbsp of salt per quart. Put in the live lobsters one at a time, cover, and bring the water to a boil again.
  3. Continue to cook for about 12-15 minutes.

How to Grill Lobster

  1. Melt butter in a skillet, skimming off solids. Stir in garlic, fresh tarragon, parsley, and chives. Season with Kosher salt.
  2. Position knife between eyes on lobster and draw sharply through to instantly kill. Place lobster belly-up on cutting board and cut each in half.
  3. Drizzle halves with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and season with Kosher salt and pepper. Grill shell sides down and baste with garlic herb butter for about 7-8 minutes. Serve with lemon and remaining butter.

How to Properly Store Live Lobster

Before cooking, keep moist and cool, not frozen. Lobsters will stay alive for hours in a refrigerator. Do not store in fresh water but try covering with damp newspaper, according to the Lobster Institute.