There are some basic ways of cooking it - boiling, steaming, and grilling. Let's concentrate on steaming it to make its taste richer. There is one rule to avoid when you steam a lobster and that is - overcooking, as it reduces the deliciousness of its tender flesh.
There are two types of lobster pots. The one in which a lobster is trapped from the sea, is a cage-like structure known as a lobster pot. But while steaming the lobster, we need an instrument that is made of granite or even stainless steel. It has a steaming rack inside and a very tight lid.
Bring the water to boil and put the lobster in the steaming rack. Then, add spices like two to three bay leaves, some pepper, and lemon juice to it. These are basic spices to add a bit of flavor to the meat. You can put other vegetables like onion, celery, etc, if you wish.
A hard shell lobster of approximately 1-1.25 pounds takes basic 12 minutes to get steamed perfectly, on a medium flame. And if you have more than one pound of meat to steam, then add 3 minutes for each pound to the total steaming time. The soft shell lobster of 2 pounds will take about three minutes less than the hard shelled one.
The fresh lobster will always taste better, but those who always feel queasy when cooking it alive, the best option is a frozen lobster. To steam, they must first be brought to the normal room temperature. After thawing, you can steam it in a timely manner. The required time will be same as steaming a live lobster.
The time required is same as steaming the whole lobster. Half way through the steaming, take the lid off and rearrange the lobster to get it steamed evenly.
Even if you stop cooking, it will keep cooking outside the lobster pot. To avoid this, just put the steamed lobsters into a bowl of cold water or ice and then start cracking it. The most important thing to remember is to be careful while opening the lid as it will still be very hot.
You can add a hint of beer while steaming, for more rich flavor. Sea salt or sea water will also enhance the taste of the lobster. Now, that you are all done with the steaming, you can prepare numerous dishes or even serve it just like that, with melted butter.