How to : Steam a Lobster.

Thanks to my Florida roots, steaming a lobster comes as second nature to me. I am sharing my stories and tips on the best way to steam a lobster to delicious, red perfection.

How to: Steam a Lobster

If there is one thing this seventh-generation Florida girl loves it is seafood.

My Dad loves to tell the story of when I was very young and devoured and entire lobster all by myself. A lobster that was never intended to be for me, but I suppose once I tasted that first bite I was hooked.

As part of our #madefromscratch series, I thought this was one “how-to” that was essential for anyone to tackle – how to steam a fresh, live lobster.

If you’ve never done it before it’s surely something that can be intimidating and not for the faint of heart. But guess what, it’s super simple and only takes minutes, and is a whole lot more cost effective than getting a lobster from a restaurant.

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How to : Steam a Lobster.

  • Author: Heirloomed Collection


Steaming a lobster is way easier than you think and a fun thing to try out for dinner at home.


  • 4 qty – 1.5 to 2 lb each fresh, live lobsters
  • 1 TBSP kosher salt


  1. Gather a large stockpot with steamer insert and fill with approximately 2-3″ of water and add salt.  Bring water to a rolling boil and then gently place lobsters into the steamer insert, making sure not to overcrowd them.
  2. Place lid on your stockpot and steam for approximately 10 minutes (1 lb lobster), 15 minutes (1.5 lb) or 20 minutes (2 lb). Carefully remove your lobsters and allow to cool to the touch before serving.
  3. Garnish with fresh lemon and melted butter, enjoy!

Once cooked your lobster shell should be bright red in color (brighter than my photos show thanks to a little bit of filter on the images, but isn’t it dreamy?) and the meat inside should be a milky white instead of being translucent.

Truth be told, I love a good lobster roll or lobster ravioli but my very favorite way to enjoy this crustacean is in its most simple form – steamed to perfection. I also love to add a bit of tarragon to my melted butter to give it a bit of a deeper flavor.

I hope you’ll give this one a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of “keeping heirlooms around for another generation.” Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of “goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy” with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

I’m an old soul based in Atlanta, GA and mom of 3 with a deep love of all things from the past with a story to tell, on a mission to keep heirlooms around for another generation - whether it be a tradition, splattered family recipe, or historic home.

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