How to Boil Lobsters

Boiling Lobsters is Easier Than You Think!

Boil Lobsters
© 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

Boiling is probably the most popular way to cook New England lobsters, and it's easier than you might think! Here are quick, easy instructions for how to boil lobsters.

Difficulty Level: Easy   

Time Required: 25 minutes

Here's How

  1. Fill a large pot half to two-thirds full with water.
  2. Set your burner to high heat and bring water to a rolling boil.
  3. Add lobsters to the pot head first, making sure that they are completely submerged.
  4. Cover the pot tightly and return to a boil as quickly as possible.
  5. Once water is boiling again, cook the lobsters 10 minutes for the first pound and 3 additional minutes for each additional pound, i.e., cook a two-pound lobster for 13 minutes.
  6. When the antennae pull out easily, the lobsters are done.
  7. Serve with melted butter.


    1. Be sure to keep the water boiling throughout the cooking time, but be careful that the pot does not boil over.
    2. Times provided are for hard-shelled lobsters; if cooking new (soft) shell lobsters, reduce boiling time by 3 minutes.
    3. Try adding a cup of white wine to the water before boiling to add a bit of flavor.

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