Curious about the best way to cook lobster? I’ve tried a number of methods over the years and found that the most foolproof and humane way to do it is… drum roll, please… boiling! Also, the best way to minimize a lobster’s tail movements during cooking is to place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes beforehand to numb it and render it dormant.
- Find a large pot with a lid and fill it with enough water to cover the lobster completely.
- Add 2 Tablespoons of sea salt for every 2 litres (4 pints) of water.
- Bring the water to a fierce boil.
- Grasp the live lobster behind the claws and drop it headfirst into the boiling water.
- Cover the pot. Once the water resumes boiling, start your timer.
- Boil the lobster for 10 minutes for the first pound of weight and add 3 more minutes of cooking time for each additional pound. A 2-pound lobster will be cooked in 13 minutes, while a 3-pound lobster will be done in 16 minutes.
- Once the lobster is cooked, drain the water from the pot immediately and serve while hot.