Steamed Main Lobster
I grew up with this Steamed Maine Lobster recipe, sailing the coast of Maine as a child. On board my parent’s sailboat, Brandywyne, I remember my father hailing lobsterman over the VHF radio looking for the freshest lobster for dinner. From Brandywyne’s Galley to your home dinner table, this classic and simple recipe is a must for cooking lobster.
Steaming is the best way to cook a lobster. It is forgiving on the cook, maintains the lobster flavor, and keeps the lobster tender. And unlike boiled lobster, your plate is never full of water.
- 3-4 Lobsters (1 1/2 – 2 Pounds Each)
- 3/4 Cup Vodka
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 5 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/2 Teaspoon Tarragon
Steam the Lobster
- In a Large Pot, add in the water and vodka and bring to boil
- Add the lobsters and return liquid to full boil.
- Reduce to a gentle boil
- Lobsters will be bright red when fully cooked. Follow the time guidelines below. Do not overcook; lobsters will continue to cook even after pulled from the pot.
- Remove the lobster and place on platter.
1 pound 8-10 minutes
1 – 1/4 pounds 10-12 minutes
1- 1/2 pounds 12-14 minutes
1- 3/4 pounds 15-17 minutes
2 pounds 16-18 minutes
2- 1/2 pounds 18-20 minutes
3 pounds 20-30 minutes
5 pounds 35-45 (or more) minutes
*Reduce time by 3 minutes for soft shell lobster.
What’s for Dinner?
Heat the Tarragon Butter
- Remove the juice from the lobster pot and pour into a small sauce pot.
- Boil liquid and reduce to 3/4 Cup.
- Add butter to pot and continuously stir. Adding 1 Tablespoon at a time is the easiest.
- Add Tarragon and stir lightly
- Remove from stove and serve with each lobster in a small dish.
Serve and Eat
- Serve Lobster when cool enough to touch and handle.
- Twist and separate the tails and claws from the body.
- Start cracking, dip the tender lobster meat in the tarragon broth and enjoy!
- 4 – 5 gallon pot with lid. Large Pot This should easily handle 8 pounds of lobsters. If cooking more lobsters, cook in batches or use a larger Patio Cooker outside.
- Lobster Cracking Tools
- Lobster Bibs and Damp Hand Towels. I recommend wearing paper or plastic disposable bibs.