Steamed Lobster and Corn for a Crowd

Lobsters are about 30% meat by weight, so go for the slightly larger 1 1/2-pound ones, and plan for about two lobsters per person. Look for lobsters from Maine, which are harvested sustainably. Standard 12-quart stockpots hold only three to four lobsters, so use a 16-quart pot, which holds six to eight.

Steamed Lobster and Corn for a Crowd
Photo: Victor Protasio
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
6 (with leftovers)


  • 6 ears fresh corn, husks peeled back and silks removed

  • 12 (1 1/2 -pounds) live lobsters

  • Melted salted butter (do not use clarified butter)


  1. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a 16-quart stockpot over high. Add 3 ears corn in a single layer, and top with 6 lobsters. Cover and steam until lobster shells are bright red and you can distinctly smell cooked lobster in the air, 14 to 16 minutes. Remove cooked lobsters and corn to a rimmed baking sheet. Return the water to a boil, and repeat with remaining 3 ears corn and 6 lobsters. Serve lobster tails, crusher claws, and corn with melted salted butter.


Save shells and legs for stock. Save knuckles and pincer claws for lobster rolls.

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