How to Serve a Whole Boiled Lobster


Boiled lobster is a succulent treat enjoyed by many. When it comes to serving whole boiled lobsters, however, time is of the essence. Whole lobsters are best when served still warm. This means the lobster practically almost has to go straight from boiling pot to the dinner plate. According to New England Cooking, the basic rule of thumb for boiling lobsters is to allow 10 minutes for the first pound and an extra three minutes per extra pound. Once the lobster is fully boiled, you will want to avoid leaving it in the hot water so that it does not inadvertently get overcooked.

Things You'll Need

  • Tongs
  • Plates
  • Serving tray
  • Paper towel
  • Melted butter
  • Lemon slices
  • Table utensils
  • Set the plates the lobsters will be served on at the dining table where you will eat.

  • Place utensils, like forks or lobster cracking tools on the table with each plate. This is a good time to served melted butter in small bowls at each table place too.

  • Spread out a layer of paper towels on a serving tray next to or very close to the stove where the lobsters are boiling.

  • Remove the whole lobster from the boiling water with tongs once the cooking time is reached. Place the boiled lobster onto the serving tray.

  • Dry off excess water from the lobster with paper towerls and then transfer it with the tongs from the serving tray to the plates.

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