There is truly no more magnificent feast than a lobster dinner, whether it's eaten at a lobster pound picnic table or on your very own deck. At Thurston's Pound in Bernard, Maine, you choose your lobsters from the tanks near the order window, and then they're boiled in clean seawater in a large propane-fired cooker. To replicate this at home, just be sure to add enough salt to the water to create the right balance of ocean-briny flavor. A mere swipe through melted butter, a squirt of lemon and that's all anyone needs. Heaven!
Recipe courtesy of Brooke Dojny
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Boiled Lobsters
Total:
25 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
25 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
20 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

Fill a large stockpot about half full of water. Add the salt and bring to a boil. When the water has come to a rolling boil, plunge the lobsters headfirst into the pot. Clamp the lid back on tightly and return the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the lobsters for 12 to 18 minutes (hard-shell lobsters will take the longer time), until the shells turn bright red and the tail meat is firm and opaque when checked.

Lift the lobsters out of the water with tongs and drain in a colander. Place underside up on a work surface and, grasping firmly, split the tails lengthwise with a large knife. Drain off the excess liquid. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.

Cook's Note

Lobsters must be kept alive until they are cooked because their flesh begins to deteriorate soon after they die or are killed. Some experts recommend numbing the lobsters first by placing them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before cooking.

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