Fresh Steamed Maine Lobster

Lobster are one of my favorite meals to make at home on special occasions. As a Costarrican, I am used to the taste of this shellfish.  But to be completely honest Maine lobster for me it’s the best in the world. It’s so sweet that’s hard to believe. It tastes almost like candy.

We have been spoiled. Our family flew four live giant lobsters so we could have this feast.  While lobsters can be made a variety of ways, such as grill and baked,  steamed is quick, easy and absolutely delicious.

Lobster boiled or steamed in sea water maintains its characteristic ocean taste. But not every cook has access to a few gallons of the Atlantic Ocean, so boiling or steaming in well-salted water is the next best option. Figure about ¼ cup sea salt for each gallon of water.



Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes.
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2

1 2 pound fresh lobster
1/4 cup sea salt
2 oz organic butter
1 garlic clove mince


  1. Choose a pot large enough to hold all the lobster comfortably; do not crowd them.
  2. Fill a large pot ⅔ full of water. Add salt. Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Place the lobster evenly on the pot and cover with a lid.
  4. Steam for 20 minutes and don’t peek!
  5. Remove lobster from boiling water.
  6. Let the lobster rest for 5 minutes to allow the meat to absorb some of the moisture in the shell.
  7. Stir together melted butter and garlic for dipping.
  8. Serve the lobster with melted butter.



Cooked lobsters will turn bright red, but that’s not the best indicator of doneness, especially for large lobsters. The most accurate method is cooking the lobsters for the recommend time according to the weight.


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