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Boiled Maine Lobster Recipe

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Boiled Maine Lobster

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Sea Salt
  • 1 Quart Water
  • 1 medium (1.25 lb) live Maine Lobster

Directions

Bring water to a boil. Drop lobster into pot head first (if you put them in tail first, you risk being splashed with boiling water). Cover pot. Start timing from the time that you put the lobster into the pot. A medium hard-shell lobster will take about 20 minutes and a medium soft-shell only about 15 minutes.

It is important to note that it is very difficult to overcook lobsters. When they are cooked longer, they get more tender. However, when you undercook a lobster, you run the risk of not having the tomalley (liver) of the lobster fully cooked. The tomalley turns green only when fully cooked. If it is not fully cooked, it will be a blackish, oily substance when you open up the lobster. This is why we always suggest erring on the side of adding a few extra minutes if you are not sure.

It is fine to cook several lobsters at the same time as long as the water is able to come back to a boil during the cooking process.

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