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lobster: boil or steam?

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Also, how long to cook a 1 1/4 pound lobster? I've seen everything from 6-30 minutes (believe it or not!), but I personally would be way more afraid of over, than under, cooking. 8-10 or maybe 12 minutes? Help....

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  1. Steam. References I feel are also too cautionary and I feel any cooking time more than ten minutes is literally overkill. I saw an episode on Ming Tsai once, where he removed the claws and knuckles section from the body and and cooked them separately in a stainless teel covered bowl by simply adding boiling water from a tea kettle. He reasoning.....it only takes 5-7 minutes to cooke these sections and boiling/ steaming would over cook the meat as opposed to the tail.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Actually that's not correct. He wasn't cooking them completely, he was only par-cooking them so that they could be removed from the shells.

      www.ming.com/simplyming/showrecipesSe...

    2. Poach in butter. View this blog (not mine) for Keller's version. Also, search chow for previous posts on this topic.

      http://carolcookskeller.blogspot.com/...

        1. 10 minutes boiling and maybe 12 minutes steaming. Under OK.....Over Rubber.

          From a Lobsters Online website:
          http://www.lobsters-online.com/docs/r...

          1. I always steam. I think the general ROT is 8mins/lb.

            DT

            1. We've done it both ways. Boiling is about 8 minutes, steaming is about 15 minutes. But this assumes you have a pot with a lot of room in it and you aren't crowding the lobsters.