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How To Boil Lobster

Yield 3 cups lobster meat


  • 4 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 (1- to 1 1/4-pound) live lobsters
  • Clarified butter

How to Make It

  1. Combine water and salt in a large stock pot; bring to a boil. Grasp each lobster just behind the eyes, and quickly rinse under cold water. Plunge lobsters headfirst into boiling water. Return water to a boil; cover and boil 5 minutes for first pound, 3 more minutes for each additional pound. Remove lobsters from water.

  2. Serve lobsters immediately with clarified butter. (See how-to procedure for removing meat from shell.)

  3. Note: If lobster meat is to be used for other recipes, plunge lobster into cold water. Drain. Remove meat and use as directed in recipe.

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