Lobster (boiling)

Boiling a lobster is the simplest way to cook lobster and leaves you with the purest taste of the lobster meat. This is how I first started cooking lobster, and I'd say it's the quickest way to cook a lot of them if you're cooking a few at a time.



  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil
  2. Humanely kill your lobster(s)
  3. Place the lobster in the water and start the timer (roughly 9 minutes for an 800g lobster, see below for a guide)
  4. Once cooked, remove and leave for a few minutes to cool slightly
  5. Crack open the claws, remove the tail meat and enjoy!


Be careful the water doesn't boil over, as it may froth up over time.

If you're cooking more than one, you'll need to play with the times a bit. Suggested cooking times for a single lobster:

Lobster Size Boiling Times
500g 6 minutes
600g 7 minutes
700g 8 minutes
800g 9 minutes
900g 10 minutes
1kg 12 minutes
1.5kg 15 minutes
2kg 17 minutes

If you've overcooked the lobster, the claw meat will stick to the claws when you're trying to get the meat out.


Lobster Anywhere has a decent guide on cooking times.

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