Boiled Soft Shell Lobsters

Prep: 15Cook: 15Total: 30


  • 4 soft shell lobsters (1.25 lbs. each)
  • 8 quarts water (1 quart = 4 cups. 8 quarts = 32 cups sounds kinda crazy)
  • 8 T. sea salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter


  1. Add 8 quarts water and 8 T. sea salt to a large pot. Bring it to a boil.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the lobsters to the pot and cover.
  3. Bring the water back up to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  4. For a soft-shell lobster that’s around 1-1.25 pounds, cook for about 12 minutes. If your lobster is closer to 1.5 pounds, cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the lobsters from the pot and plate. You can use tongs or a silicone cooking mit.
  6. Melt the unsalted butter in individual dishes to serve with the lobster.


  • Buy your lobster day of, preferably only a couple hours before cooking. Store them in the refrigerator. This will “stun” them before cooking.

Nutrition Info:

  • Serving Size: 4
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