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Cooking Your Rugosa Lobster
How to Cook Lobster: A Guide by Rugosa Fresh Lobster
Step-by-step Guide to Cooking the Perfect Lobster:
At Rugosa Fresh Lobster, we pride ourselves on delivering the freshest and most succulent lobster straight from the sea to your table. Cooking lobster may seem intimidating to many, but with our step-by-step guide, you’ll find it a breeze to prepare a decadent lobster meal for any occasion.
IMPORTANT: Before you begin, ensure your Rugosa lobster is alive and well. Keep it chilled in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook. Don’t store the lobster in freshwater or ice, as it can kill it.
1 Fresh Rugosa Lobster (1.5-2 pounds)
A large pot filled with salted water
Melted butter (optional, for serving)
Lemon wedges (optional, for serving)
Boiling is a classic method for cooking whole lobster. Best of all, it’s easy to do!
- Fill a large pot with water, ensuring there’s enough to cover the lobster completely. Add about 2 tablespoons of salt for every 2 liters of water.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Grasp the lobster firmly by its body, avoiding the claws, and place it headfirst into the boiling water.
- Once all lobsters are in the pot, cover it with a lid.
- Allow the lobster to boil for about 12-15 minutes for a 1.5-pound lobster. For every additional pound, add an extra 10 minutes to the cooking time. So, a 2-pound lobster would boil for around 20-25 minutes.
- Once cooked, the lobster will turn a bright red color, and the antenna will pull out with ease.
- Pour about 2 inches of water into a large pot and bring it to a boil.
- Place a steaming rack inside the pot to keep the lobster elevated.
- Place the lobster on the rack and cover the pot.
- Steam a 1.5-pound lobster for about 15 minutes. Add 10 minutes for each additional pound.
Grilling gives lobster a smoky and charred flavor that many people enjoy.
- Start by boiling the lobster for 5 minutes.
- Remove the lobster and let it cool.
- Split the lobster in half lengthwise.
- Preheat your grill to medium heat.
- Brush the meat with melted butter and season lightly.
- Place the lobster halves, flesh side down, on the grill for about 4-5 minutes until the meat is opaque and slightly charred.
Lobster rolls are a delicious and classic seafood dish. Here’s a simple recipe for making lobster rolls:
- 1 1/2 pounds of cooked lobster meat, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Pinch of celery salt
- 4 to 6 hot dog buns or split-top rolls
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Optional: Chives or additional parsley for garnish
Mix the lobster meat and mayonnaise in a large bowl. Use just enough mayonnaise to coat the meat, but not so much that it is holding the meat together.
Add a pinch of Celery Salt and mix again. (You don’t need much.)
Cover and chill for at least an hour.
After the mixture has chilled, preheat the grill, frying pan, or iron skillet.
Spread softened butter on both sides of each roll.
Over medium heat, toast the buns on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.
Fill each toasted roll to overflowing and serve immediately.
Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your taste. Some people like to add a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of Old Bay seasoning for extra flavor. Additionally, you can serve the lobster rolls with a side of coleslaw or potato chips for a complete meal. Enjoy your delicious homemade lobster rolls!
Try our complete lobster roll kits for a stress-free, authentic Maine experience!
Tips & Tricks
Checking for Doneness:
- The shell should be bright red.
- The meat should be opaque, white, and tender.
- The internal temperature of the tail should be 140°F (60°C).
Serving Your Lobster:
- Serve hot with a side of melted butter and lemon wedges.
- For a richer experience, consider making garlic or herb-infused butter.
- The tail, claws, and knuckles offer the most meat. Use lobster crackers and forks to access every delicious bite.
- Safety First: Always use tongs or oven mitts when handling hot lobsters.
- Flavor Enhancer: Add herbs or a splash of white wine to the boiling or steaming water for additional flavor.
- Storing Leftovers: Store any leftover lobster meat in the refrigerator and consume within 2 days for the best quality.
Cooking a lobster doesn’t have to be daunting. With Rugosa Fresh Lobster and our tried-and-true methods, you’ll be enjoying a seafood feast in no time. Remember, the fresher the lobster, the better the taste. That’s why choosing Rugosa guarantees a gourmet experience right at home.
Thank you for choosing Rugosa Fresh Lobster. Bon Appétit!