Make sure you purchase your lobsters from a store with a live lobster tank. Lobsters will be separated by weight, with an average lobster weighing between 1-1/4 and 2 pounds. Lobsters are priced per pound, not per piece, so take your budget into account when making your selection. One 1-1/4 pound lobster will feed one person.
Don't worry, you won't need to reach your hands into the tank to select your lobster! The fishmonger will fetch your choice for you. No reason to be concerned if the lobsters are not the bright red color you may expect (that red color will develop when you cook your lobster).
Rather than bringing live lobsters home (which can be a bit unnerving even for lobster pros!), ask the fishmonger to kill the lobster for you, which he will do by quickly inserting a sharp knife into the top of the lobster's shell, about 2 inches above the eyes.
Widely believed to be the most humane method of killing lobsters, your lobster will be fresh for up to two hours after leaving the store. Just make sure to keep it refrigerated until you are ready to prepare it.
The most popular methods of cooking lobsters are boiling and steaming, though lobster tails can also be broiled and grilled. Learning a basic steaming technique for lobster will provide you with the basis for many easy lobster recipes. Here are instructions for a perfectly steamed lobster.
Congratulations! The hardest part is over, you have successfully steamed a lobster. That little pile of succulent lobster meat you now have can be used in some easy but show-stopping recipes.
Makes 2 servings
Makes 4 servings
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