- These hard-shelled leviathans are often sold alive. To cook a lobster without risking an Annie Hall-style escape scene, either plunge it alive into boiling water or cut straight through the middle of its head just prior to cooking.
- When selecting a lobster, as with any crustacean that's sold alive, look for one that's still feisty and energetic. Avoid those with sagging tails or claws and those with foam spouting from the head.
- If you're going to boil lobsters, we recommend cooking them in salted boiling water for an average of five minutes per pound. When finished, the meat should be slightly translucent.