Lobster on a plate with fries, sauce and wine

How To Cook Lobster at Home: Tips and Tricks from Our Chefs!

At Burger & Lobster, cooking lobster is simply what we do best.

 Well, cooking and eating lobster… and dressing it, garnishing it.

 Basically, we’re experts on all things lobster, from preparation to consumption. If you’re looking for how to cook lobster, you’ve come to the right place. 


Lobsters have been gracing our plates for millennia, with evidence suggesting their consumption as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. In these early days, they were considered a food of the poor, their abundance relegating them to the status of "poor man's protein." However, the tides turned in the Middle Ages, with lobster becoming a prized delicacy for royalty and the wealthy. This shift in perception was likely fueled by the lobster's impressive size, unique flavour, and rarity during certain seasons.

Fast forward to today and lobster remains a symbol of luxury and celebration. From New England lobster rolls to Thermidor's creamy decadence, this versatile protein stars in dishes across the globe. But its popularity isn't just about indulgence. Lobster boasts an impressive nutritional profile, rich in protein, low in fat, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals!

Now you know how to cook lobster, the ways you can eat lobster, the list is endless. While boiling a whole lobster is a classic, it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to culinary creations and the most flavourful ways to eat lobster, you’ll find an abundance of choices. 

Lobster Rolls: These New England staples feature succulent lobster meat nestled in toasted buns, dressed with light mayo and a touch of lemon. And if at Burger & Lobster, dressed from head to toe in fresh chives! Delicious! 
Lobster Bisque: This creamy soup is a luxurious starter, bursting with lobster flavour and often adorned with a dollop of crème fraîche.
Lobster Thermidor: This French masterpiece features lobster tails baked in a rich cheese sauce, a decadent and impressive main course.
Lobster Sashimi: For the adventurous palate, thinly sliced raw lobster offers a unique and textural experience.
Lobster Pasta: Toss cooked lobster meat with your favourite pasta, a simple yet satisfying way to enjoy its sweet and briny flavour.
Grilled Lobster: Delicious grilled lobster is rich and flavourful, especially when dressed with lots of lemon juice. 

Tips for how to cook lobster

If you’ve been asking yourself how to cook lobster and lobster tail, pay attention now! There’s a few things you’ll need to consider before taking the plunge. 

Choose Fresh Lobster:
Select live lobsters for the freshest taste. Look for lively, active lobsters with firm shells and long antennae.

Keep lobsters refrigerated until ready to cook.
Before cooking, rinse the lobster under cold water to remove any debris.

Boiling Lobster:
Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the lobsters and add salt (about 2 tablespoons per gallon of water).
Bring the water to a rolling boil.
Submerge the live lobster headfirst into the boiling water and cover the pot.
Boil for about 8-12 minutes for a 1 to 1.5-pound lobster, adding a couple of minutes for larger lobsters.

Steaming Lobster:
Use a steaming basket in a large pot with a couple of inches of water.
Steam the lobster for 8-14 minutes, depending on the size.

Grilling Lobster:
Split the lobster in half lengthwise.
Brush the lobster meat with olive oil, butter, or your favorite seasoning.
Grill for 5-7 minutes per side, until the meat is opaque and the shells are charred.

Butter Sauce:
Melt butter and add minced garlic, lemon juice, and chopped parsley for a classic lobster dipping sauce.

Doneness Indicator:
Lobster is cooked when the shell is bright red, and the meat is opaque white. The internal temperature 
should reach 145°F (63°C).

Serve with Citrus:
Lobster pairs well with lemon or lime wedges, enhancing the flavours. The gentle citrus is the perfect accompaniment to bring the flavours of the lobster to the surface. Truly delicious!

Cracking and Eating:
Use a lobster cracker or kitchen shears to break open the shell and extract the meat.
Serve with melted butter for dipping.

Lobster goes well with side dishes like steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes, or a fresh salad. As for drink pairing, you’ll want a light and refreshing white wine with hints of citrus to bring out the subtle flavours. 

Lobster at Burger & Lobster

So, now you know how to cook lobster, it’s time to create your masterpiece. Of course… if it all sounds just a little too much maintenance…treating yourself to a perfectly cooked lobster masterpiece, amidst a vibrant atmosphere and an extensive menu in London, can be an experience in itself.

For classic lobster that you know will taste incredible, try Burger & Lobster. It is in the name after all. Renowned for our focus on 2 incredible key ingredients done exceptionally well – Burger & Lobster offers a menu of delights for lobster lovers. On the menu, you’ll find classic whole and half lobster. Indulge in a whole, steamed or grilled lobster, served with signature lemon & garlic butter, fries, and salad. If the classic sounds good but you want a little extra something… let us introduce the Burger & Lobster Lobster Roll. You’ll bite into the famous lobster roll, tasting chilled lobster meat dressed in delicious mayo and lemon, nestled in a toasted brioche bun and adorned with plenty of fresh chives. Pure lobster magic. It's a timeless choice for a reason. Then for a truly indulgent lobster experience…. The Lobster Thermidor, oh my. 

If the classics sound a little too… classic, try a twist on a classic: the Lobster Mac and Cheese. Creamy, cheesy goodness meets succulent lobster in this ultimate comfort food dish. For a lighter option, Lobster Tabbouleh Salad is perfect. This refreshing salad combines lobster with bulgur wheat, herbs, and a lemon dressing. A unique and flavorful twist perfect for light bites and warmer evenings. 

Of course, there’s plenty more on the Burger & Lobster menu. Delicious prime beef burgers, a truly tempting chicken burger, the Lake District burger and a Beast Burger that combines delicious beefy burger goodness with fresh and flavourful lobster meat. 

Lobster locations all over

Burger & Lobster's dedication to serving top-notch lobster and juicy burgers extends across nine delectable locations in London, each offering a unique ambience and charm. 

Bond Street: Nestled amidst the luxurious streets of Mayfair, Burger & Lobster Bond Street exudes sophistication. Imagine polished interiors, attentive service, and a menu that complements the delightful surroundings. 

Bread Street: In the heart of the City of London, Burger & Lobster Bread Street offers a vibrant atmosphere with a contemporary edge. Think exposed brick walls, industrial-chic lighting, and a buzz that reflects the city's energy. 

Knightsbridge: Shopping spree at Harvey Nichols? Reward yourself with a trip to Burger & Lobster Knightsbridge, situated on the fifth floor of the iconic department store. 

Leicester Square: Immerse yourself in the heart of London's theatre district at Burger & Lobster Leicester Square. This lively spot boasts a classic American diner feel, buzzing with pre-show excitement and post-performance chatter. 

Mayfair: Another gem in the heart of Mayfair, Burger & Lobster Mayfair offers a timeless elegance. Think plush seating, warm lighting, and an air of exclusivity. It's perfect for a romantic date night or an intimate gathering with loved ones. 

Oxford Circus: In the bustling heart of London's shopping scene, Burger & Lobster Oxford Circus provides a welcome respite. Escape the crowds and savor delicious lobster amidst modern, stylish surroundings. It's the perfect pitstop for a recharge during your shopping spree. 

Soho: London's vibrant Soho district comes alive at Burger & Lobster Soho. This arm of Burger & Lobster pulsates with energy, offering a fun and casual atmosphere. It's ideal for a lively dinner with friends or a spontaneous post-work bite. 

Threadneedle Street: Step into a former bank building transformed into a contemporary dining space at Burger & Lobster Threadneedle Street. This City of London location offers a unique blend of history and modern design, perfect for a sophisticated business lunch or a celebratory dinner. 

West India Quay: Enjoy stunning Canary Wharf views while indulging in your lobster cravings at Burger & Lobster West India Quay. This modern restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a unique dining experience with a touch of maritime charm. 

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Lobster on a plate with fries, sauce and wine