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Steamed Lobster Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: Varying
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American


Classic steamed lobster or lobster tails is a lot easier to make at home than you may think. Salt, water, and fresh lemon juice create the perfect freshly steamed lobster.


  • 1.52.5 pound lobsters or lobster tails (thawd if frozen)
  • 1 lemon, halved and squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 11 1/2 inches of water (13 quarts)
  • Melted butter, for dipping


  1. Fill a large lidded pot with roughly 1 inch of water. Squeeze in juice of one lemon and add lemon halves.
  2. Add salt, bring to a simmering boil, and add lobster or lobster tails (be sure to remove rubber bands around claws with scissors before steaming). You can add as many lobsters as you can comfortably fit in the pot with the lid secured.
  3. Cover and steam for 15-20 minutes until bright red. Lobsters will be very hot when done, do not touch with bare hands. Serve with a side of melted butter and lemon wedges. Note, lobster tails only take about 10 minutes to steam.


1 1/2 lb lobsters usually take 15 minutes, 2 1/2 lb lobsters take 20 minutes. Lobsters are done if you can easily pull off antennas with no resistance.

Steamed lobster tails can be done following the same process. Lobster tails may steam closer to 10 minutes since the overall volume in the pan will be a lot less than full-sized lobsters. Reduce water to 1 inch of water if only steaming a few tails.


  • Serving Size: 2 lb lobster (1 1/2 cups, no butter)
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 1057mg
  • Fat: 1.8g
  • Saturated Fat: .05g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 41.3g
  • Cholesterol: 317mg

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