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How Long to Boil Lobster

Boiling is an easy, fast cooking technique for cooking whole lobsters. To boil, you will need:
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Servings: 1
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • Fresh lobsters preferably cold water (one per person)
  • Salt
  • Garlic butter


  • Fill a large pot with about three quarters full with cold water. Add a teaspoon or two of salt and boil.
  • Add lobster to boiling water so it dives head first.
  • This step is the most important. Knowing how long to boil lobster depends on its weight. Cook lobsters for 12 minutes at first. From there, add 1 minute of cooking time for every ¼ pound. When done, lobster meat should be opaque.


Serving: 1g