How to Cook Live LobstersCredit: Photo courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik, you like lobster? Ordering lobsters in restaurants is expensive, and it is SO easy to cook your own. They require no difficult recipe and no special seasonings because they have a flavor all their own.  All you really need to do is steam them with care in order to be as humane as possible.  Follow these simple steps for how to cook live lobsters and prepare a lobster dinner in your own home.


Things you'll need:
•    Live lobsters
•    Large pot
•    Butter
•    Potatoes (optional)
•    Freezer

Buy live lobsters when they are in season, that way they are big and meaty enough to enjoy, and their meat will be sweet and tender.  Usually lobsters are best September through February.  My grandmother had an easy trick to remember this.  She told me that lobsters are good any month that has the letter "r" in it.  That rule hasn't failed me yet!

Purchase your lobster alive and fresh.  The reason why people like to cook their own lobsters is because it is not healthy to cook lobster once it is dead.  This will ensure that you are getting a healthy lobster.

Be humane when you get ready to cook your lobsters.  The most humane (but still safe for eating) way to prepare lobsters for the boiling water is to freeze the lobster for a couple minutes. This numbs and stuns the lobster before it is cooked.

Place the still live lobster in a large pot of boiling water.  It is quicker, and therefore more humane, to put lobsters in boiling water than to put it in warm water and raise the temperature gradually.

Steam your lobsters in salted water for 10-15 minutes. If you like, put some potatoes in the water with it. They will absorb some of the flavor and make a nice side dish.

Serve the lobster with melted butter. Corn on the cob and potato salad also make tasty, traditional sides dish for lobster. Good luck learning how to cook live lobsters. Enjoy!

More tips:
If you just can't deal with cooking a live lobster before you eat it, many grocery stores will steam them for you.

The freezer is useful during cleanup as well. When you're done eating, place the shell/remains in a plastic bag and freeze it, then put it out on trash day. This will cut down on the fishy smell!