Our favorite way to cook a lobster is by steaming it. Use a little water straight from the ocean for the bottom of your pot — or mimic the salinity of the sea with two Tablespoons of sea salt for each quart of water. That ocean taste will permeate the lobster meat and transport you to the coast of Maine.
Fill your pot so that salt water rises about two inches from the bottom, and once the water comes to a rolling boil over high heat, place the lobsters in the pot head first (you can leave claw straps in place). Once all your lobsters are in, replace the lid and start counting. Once the water is boiling again, which should be quick with your flame set to high, steam your lobsters for 8 minutes per average pound, plus 3 minutes for each additional pound. Your lobsters are done when their shells are bright red and their meat is white. Using tongs or grill mitts, plunge each lobster into a bath of ice water to stop the cooking process.
How to crack and eat a lobster
Start by breaking off the claws at the first joint using a twisting motion. Use your Cracker break the tip of the claw, and use your fingers to push the meat from the tip to the open end.
Separate the tail from the body by holding the back and twisting the tail with the other hand. Peal off the top of the tail to remove the black vein that runs through the entire length of the tail. Then, push the meat out from the smaller opening through the larger opening.
Extract the meat from the leg joints and the legs themselves using Lobster Picks.
How to make drawn butter
In a saucepan, gently melt 1 lb. of butter over low to medium heat, and bring it to a slow boil. As your butter boils, remove the foam with a spoon.
After a few minutes, the milk solids will separate themselves from the oil and sink to the bottom. The drawn butter is done when the oil is clear and is golden in color.
Allow the butter to cool slightly, then pour off the clarified butter from the milk solids into a heatproof bowl.
Ladle the drawn butter into Mini Butter Warmers that will keep it at the perfect temperature for dipping throughout your meal.