Steamed Lobster with Drawn Butter

20 minutes
Amount Per Serving: Calories 200; Total Fat 15g; Cholesterol 84mg; Sodium 945mg; Carbohydrates 2g; Protein 29g
Steaming lobster is one of the easiest ways to cook lobster. All you need is a steamer and some water. If you’ve never cooked a lobster before, this method is the best place to start. Also, the lobster tastes even more delicious with herb-infused butter.
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  • Four lobsters, about 2 lbs. each
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 bunch thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 lemons or more
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, finely chopped


  • Add a tablespoon of salt to a pot along with 2 gallons of water. Add 1/2 a bunch of thyme and 4 fresh bay leaves, including the juice of 1-2 lemons.

  • Put on stove on medium heat and wait for water to boil.

  • Put the 4 lobsters on the steamer basket and put lid on pot.

  • Do not disturb pot or take out the pot until the lobsters are cooked. You have to wait for the lobsters to turn to bright red and tails are curved.

  • Once the lobsters are cooked, removed those from the pot and drained.

  • For the drawn butter, melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. The milk solids will sink to the bottom of the pan when the milk butter is warmed up. Don’t leave your pot unattended because once the solid particles of milk form and fall, they will burn easily.
    Carefully pour the butter that has separated from the solids. Add lemon juice and stir in parsley and basil.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve the steamed lobster with drawn butter and lemon wedges.

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