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Boiled State of Maine Lobster

This is a favorite recipe from Maine Department of Marine Resources.


  1. Place live Maine lobsters in a kettle of briskly boiling salted water. Boil rapidly for 20 minutes for 1 1/4 pound lobsters, longer for larger size ones.
  2. Remove from the water and wipe dry.
  3. Then place each lobster on its back, split lengthwise with a heavy knife and crack the large claws.

Serve whole lobster with a side dish of melted butter.