How to cook lobster fresh and what to serve it with?

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ANSWER #1 of 4

Here are the instructions to boil lobster. Have fun!! And these are from a website. I don't own this.

1Fill a large stockpot with enough water to cover the lobsters, and bring to a boil over high heat.
Step2Salt the water lightly and add lemon juice.
Step3Put live lobsters headfirst into the boiling water. If you choose to kill them quickly before boiling, do this now (see Tips).
Step4Allow the water to boil again, and then turn the heat down to medium.
Step5Cover the pot and cook 5 minutes for the first pound and an additional 3 minutes for each additional pound. Like all shellfish, lobsters overcook almost instantly, so remove them from the water as soon as they're done.
Step6Remove the lobsters from the water and drain them on paper towels.
Step7To prepare the lobsters for the table, twist off each large claw, leaving the claw joints intact (there's a lot of meat in the joints). Crack the claw shell with a nutcracker or mallet.
Step8Hold the body of the cooked lobster with a clean kitchen towel (it should still be hot) and twist off the tails with your hands. Remove the tail meat by separating and removing the tail shell with your fingers.
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Tips & Warnings
Many people feel it's more humane to kill the lobsters quickly just before boiling them. To do this, place the tip of a sharp knife on top of the lobster's head where the lines in the shell form a T. Bring the knife down with a quick cutting motion.

At the fishmonger, select the liveliest lobster. Pick it up and feel how heavy it is. Make sure the tail curls under and the shell is not damaged. Make sure the claws are secured with bands.

Lobsters overcook very quickly. For a slightly more involved cooking method that ensures tender lobsters, pour boiling water over them and let them steep for just 3 minutes. Remove the meat from the shells while still warm; then, when ready to eat, reheat the meat gently in melted butter to finish cooking it.

Lobsters make a high-pitched sound when they are boiled. Although it sounds like they are crying, it is actually the result of gases being released under their shells.

The lobster shells become red while they are being cooked.

Use caution when handling live lobsters and when removing lobsters from boiling.


ANSWER #2 of 4

"another way to cook a "live" lobster would be to kill it first by stabbing it in the head"

Lobsters don't have an autonomic nervous system that forces it into shock or shut down immediately...they actually suffer through this.

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ANSWER #3 of 4

another way to cook a "live" lobster would be to kill it first by stabbing it in the head (some people think that is more humane than just throwing it alive in a pot of boiling water)

then do whatever you want with it.

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ANSWER #4 of 4

By "fresh", do you mean live?

To cook a live lobster (and, as a chef, I've always refused to do this), you need to first plank it so it doesn't curl up (tie it to a small board), then throw it in boiling water. Hopefully the high pitch squeal doesn't put you off.

If it's lobster tail, then you have more options. You can bake it, grill it, boil it, poach it...no limits. Serve it up with a nice lemon sauce and accompany it with some seasoned kettle chips.

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