Nothing beats a perfectly steamed lobster with melted butter. Takes just minutes to cook this simple, delicious dinner.
It’s no secret I love lobster. Lobster makes many appearances on this blog: tacos, risotto, salad, classic lobster rolls. The list goes on. But nothing beats a simple steamed lobster with melted butter. Served with fresh corn on the cob, it’s a dinner that screams summer. Best eaten outdoors with lots of napkins, it simply can’t be beat. I remember my parents making them as kids or ordering them at restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve never been afraid of the creepy looking critters and I am proud to say my girls will happily pick them up and play with them whenever I bring the home from the store (though to date only little Nutmeg will eat them).
The best part about this dinner: one pot, 10-12 minutes and done. So you can sit on the deck and sip a mojito or play a game of cornhole, or both. It’s perfect for an easy Saturday afternoon, which is exactly what we did this weekend. Add corn and cole slaw or potato salad and dinner is done. I made a potato salad with arugula bacon and goat cheese that was easy, light and totally different. Watch this space for the recipe later this week.
After all summer is best enjoyed outdoors, with the kids or friends. And that means easy food. Nothing is easier than this simple lobster. If you have the wine, add it, but don’t sweat it if you don’t. Just use salted water. Happy summer.
- 2 1-1/2 lb. Maine lobsters, live
- Kosher salt
- ½ cup white wine, such as sauvignon blanc
- Melted butter, to serve
- Put about 1½ inches of water in the bottom of a large pot. Add wine and a few tablespoons of Kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
- While the water comes to a boil, rinse the lobsters in cold water.
- When water is boiling, add lobsters to the pot, head first.
- Reduce heat to medium.
- Steam lobsters 10 minutes for the first pound and 1 minute for each additional pound. So for 1½ pound lobsters, steam them for 10-11 minutes. For 2-pound lobsters, leave them in for 11 minutes.
- Remove from pot and serve with melted butter and plenty of napkins. Bibs optional!